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Friday, June 17, 2005

Humanist wedding in the capital

Sourced from the blog berenike linked below.

(I am not going to make cheap jokes about the location of the event.) I'm not sure what to make of this. Inasmuch as marriage is a natural human thing, do what you like about solemnizing it, I suppose. To avoid a church wedding when one is not Christian is only proper. However, there is something sad about this; perhaps the general lack of understanding of the sacramental nature of the marriage of the baptized, or indeed the removal of perfectly natural human elements of marriage - permanence, children - from secular understandings of marriage. I don't know. Perhaps it's just that, after the long slow thinking through of what sacramental marriage meant, and its establishment as the basis for European society, to watching it - along with the Gospel - being rejected by my dear Scotia is just too grim.

Note the BBC's pithy summary of 'humanism' (a respectable word sadly abused):
'Humanists believe that people can live ethical lives without religious beliefs. '
Just look at it for a little while. Is there any sense in which the balance of human experience supports this notion? Does this seem a more natural reading of the situation than the belief that there is something currently very out-of-kilter about poor old homo sapiens?