Religion: The Supreme Being: Man

The Renaissance "Humanist" was a foe of medieval scholastic philosophy, an admirer of the Greek and Latin classics. Now Humanist means a believer in an ethical nonreligion, in which the Supreme Being is man, and prayer is "a telephone conversation with no one at the other end." To Humanists, God is a bundling up of all life's mysteries in one package, just as a man with bills at many stores might consolidate his debts with a bank loan so as to owe only the bank. Humanists reject both consolidations as equally delusive.

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