"Humanism is the transformation of this Christian doctrine of salvation into a project of universal human
emancipation. The idea of progress is a secular version of the Christian belief in providence." (John Gray in "Straw Dogs" )
Jesus didn't care about the world or anyone else except the Jews! He even calls gentiles "dogs" and never forgives a gentile of their sins like he did to so many Jews in the Christian bible. Humanists focus on the present world and what we can do to help it, Christianity focuses on the fantasy spiritual world and even says to give up this life for a life in heaven! Salvation focuses on spiritual and Humanism focuses on factual! Christians try to claim that they are the reason for everything good in the world and the truth is they are just a bunch of lying haters.
Here's the first three paragraphs from The Goal of Humanism. It is on their Truth Magazine website at [truthmagazine.com]
As a philosophy, humanism has several goals. Among some of humanism's positive goals are: (1) freedom in the realm of civil liberties; (2) world peace; (3) elimination of poverty; (4) world unity; etc. These aspirations may be summarized by saying that humanism hopes to make this world "heaven" on earth. Humanists deny life after death and are concentrating their energies on improving this world.
Promises of immortal salvation or fear of eternal damnation are both illusory and harmful. They distract humans from present concerns, from self-actualization, and from rectifying social injustices.
Man's most sacred duty, and at the same time his most glorious opportunity, is to promote the maximum fulfilment of the evolutionary process on this earth; and this includes the fullest realization of his own inherent possibilities.
I'm not aware that humanism has ever defined itself in terms of, or as an elaboration of, Christianity. That's giving Christianity WAY too much credit.
It has ideological roots back to 2nd century Rome and has, so far as I know, always avoided any form of transcendentalism. I'm sure there are individual theists who adopted humanism as an abreaction to or even embellishment of their faith, but I'm with @Rossy92 ... don't perpetuate the notion that humanism is derivative of Christianity.
Just stop it please. I'm no expert on Humanism, but I know enough not swallow that definition above. Perhaps Christian values have an influence, but so do many others, including those of the Enlightenment. That aside, I find it hard to find fault with idea of structuring a society you would want to live in not knowing what gender, race, mental or physical capacity you were going to be born with.
I think secular humanism is a modified version of Judeo-Christian values. It adds values such as equality for minorities and subtracts laws such as stoning adulterers. But I've never actually read a mission statement of a secular humanist group so I don't know how they express their goals and values. I have a fear that as the average Western person loses awareness of Judeo-Christian values and the average secular humanist tends to be academic or intellectual, there will be a huge proportion of people in society with no sense of objective values at all.