Hello World! My name is Hugo, and I’m a secular humanist… (I’m a secular humanist with a passion for Jesus. <grin>)
I come from a Christian background, and have great respect for liberal Christianity, and am keeping an eye on the “emerging church conversation”. I am a member of a church (Stellenbosch Gemeente), and have no intention of ending that membership. I even intend to attend every now and then, if I have time to do so and then blog about it. 😉
To my friends and extended family members that have a fundamentalist leaning: I am still the same person. I am still as “good a Christian” as I’ve always been, I just have a rather different notion of God than you do. (And no one has a perfect picture…) I have finally realised that maintaining the “Christian” label is more misleading than it is worth, though. I believe God wants me to live a free, happy, honest and moral life, a life of abundance, and God has shown me the way that is best for me. (Secular humanism.) I have read a lot about Jesus, and am convinced he would support me in this venture. I hope you will respect that. Do feel free to discuss any of this with me, I am more approachable than ever.
Oh, and yes, I am in fact being serious – that was a translation into the Christian world-view. I like the idea of a T-shirt slogan “God told me to become an atheist”. I hope to be building bridges between the worlds, to aid in mutual understanding, acceptance and respect. I am not on a mission to undermine anyone’s belief in God. (At most, I will be demonstrating an alternative.) I will, however, stand up for science. I do consider anti-science to be evil.
Where science conflicts with your beliefs, I will try to illustrate a way you could embrace science, while maintaining your relationship with God. I can’t promise it will be easy, but they say the journey of faith was never meant to be? I have had some success in this regard already, and the feedback was positive – it seems that journey brings an increased intensity and fervour to a believer’s search for God.
So, that’s that, I’m out of the closet. (Until relatively recently, I was hiding from myself as well.) May this be an interesting journey we can explore together.