On the same day that a letter was published praising the virtues of humanist free-thinking, an article was printed about teen drinking and drug use studies. Cites the article, "Downing five or more alcoholic drinks nearly every day isn't seen as a big problem for many of the nation's teens... The study... also showed upward trends in marijuana and Ecstasy use among young people in grades 9 through 12."
I consider it both Providential and instructive that the letter and article ran on the same day. The farther that God's invitation to receive His love is cast away from our culture, the more aberrant behavior we experience. Humanist behavior is nothing more than mob rule. Witness the humanist achievements of the Reign of Terror of Jacobin France, the Holocaust of Nazi Germany, and the pogroms of Stalinist Russia. Indeed, the evolutionist worldview of humanists unavoidably leads to such murderous systems as the survival of "the fittest" invades and dominates our lives.
In complete contrast to such grievous consequences of humanist behavior, the Lord invites us to "reason together." The author of the April 12th letter indicates that devout Christians would be outraged if their children were brought to activities where they were told that they should "think freely" on issues. If such imagined activities were truly activities of free thinking based upon all available resources and evidence, virtually all devout Christians I know would welcome them.
What devout Christians detest is narrow-minded humanist editing of abundant evidence that indicates the veracity of the Christian faith and parading their revisionist proof-texts as academic integrity. What devout Christians detest is narrow-minded humanist bigotry that seeks to demolish protective barriers of morality and then act as if they are clueless as to why teenagers and younger children see no problem with wrecking their lives with alcohol and other drugs. What is left, after all, when the human hope of divine love is removed as a formative influence on culture?