Here is a short but provocative article on TS Eliot and the relationship between religion and humanism.
While I am sure my friends in SHAFT will disagree, I don’t think humanism can survive without religion. But what is interesting here is Eliot’s claim that religion cannot survive without humanism.
(On the first claim, of course in order to decide what humanism needs we first need an adequate anthropology – that is, we need to know what a human is. The folks over at SHAFT are probably all materialists, so we already don’t agree there. I want a humanism that is worthy of the human person as a whole).
For those interested in reading more on religious humanism, I would direct you to John Paul the Great (JPII). His personalism is a fine example of authentic humanism, and it is philosophically informed (you may recall that JPII first ‘job’ was as a philosophy professor).