J.I. Packer – Humanism… or Brutism?

11 May

Nowadays some will maintain, in the name of humanism, that the “Puritan” sexual morality of the Bible is inimical to the attainment of true human maturity, and that a little more license makes for richer living. Of this ideology we would only say that the proper name for it is not humanism but brutism. Sexual laxity does not make your more human, but less so; it brutalizes you and tears your soul to pieces. The same is true wherever any of God’s commandments are disregarded. We are only living truly human lives just so far as we are laboring to keep God’s commandments; no further.

~J.I. Packer~




Knowing God (Downers Grove, IL; Intervarsity Press; 1993) p. 114.

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  1. The Bible, the President, and homosexuality « Words of Grace - May 11, 2012

    […] Nowadays some will maintain, in the name of humanism, that the “Puritan” sexual morality of the Bible is inimical to the attainment of true human maturity, and that a little more license makes for richer living. Of this ideology we would only say that the proper name for it is not humanism but brutism. Sexual laxity does not make your more human, but less so; it brutalizes you and tears your soul to pieces. The same is true wherever any of God’s commandments are disregarded. We are only living truly human lives just so far as we are laboring to keep God’s commandments; no further. [Knowing God, p. 114; HT: Crossquotes.] […]

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