In response to David T. Theriault’s comparison of Christianity and Mormonism (Oct. 14) whereby he stated he doesn’t think a candidate’s faith should matter, “although it could, eventually,” I’m presenting my conclusions of a comparison between Christianity and Humanism.
Christianity: There is a God who is in control of everything that is, was and ever will be. Said God must be trusted and obeyed at all costs, regardless of understanding.
Humanism: Individuals must make their own decisions, should be equipped to make appropriate decisions and are held accountable for said decisions.
Christianity: Human beings are inherently worthless. They are born with original sin, and only by surrendering their intellect, desires, and will to said God can they attain worth and value. Willful disobedience to said God will result in ostracism and eternal damnation.
Humanism: Human beings are inherently worthy of respect. Period.
Christianity: Play by the rules of said God. These rules are subject to change, and open to personal interpretation only by those in positions of authority and power.
Humanism: Rules? “Treat others as you would like them to treat you.” (i.e., respect)
Christianity: Evangelize the Earth, converting all into service to the one true God.
Humanism: Accept the natural diversity of humankind; recognize the value of each person, regardless of position on the spectrum of human experience.
Christianity: Competition and dominance.
Humanism: Collaboration and cooperation.
I wholeheartedly agree with Theriault. I don’t think that a candidate’s faith should matter, although it could, eventually.
A. Clifford Roy, Norway