Religion: Humanist Heresies

One of the 20th century's more fashionable agnostic creeds is "scientific humanism." That creed is not without its heresies, and in last week's humanistic New Statesman and Nation, competitors matched wits in naming them. Samples:

"Clerastianism: That heresy which accepts the supremacy of the clergy in family affairs. Members of the sect submit their infants to ceremonial headwetting while placing the tongue in a ritual position in the cheek, precede their nuptial rites by ancient formulae to which they make mental reservations, and bury their ancestors only after a ceremony which they believe...

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