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Humane Pursuits

The Humane Pursuits website isn’t new, but it has recently gotten a new look. While there are some areas of disagreement between Humane Pursuits and TCI, on the whole the two sites share a remarkably similar ethos and methodology. Their emphasis on Christian humanism is refreshing, and their philosophy of work definitely seems to be on the right track. Their list of “Core Values” is also great, though I wish they had been a little more suspicious of that V-word. Still, it’s well worth your time. They say:

HISTORY

We want to teach ourselves and others what it means to be genuinely human, by interpreting our everyday experiences through the lens of what it has meant to be human. We want to rediscover the human creations and concepts, lost in the political arguments and lifestyles of the last few decades, that give us insight into what can mean to live meaningful lives today.

HUMILITY

We embrace the changeful nature of reality, but we recognize that such an embrace begins with the recurring themes of mankind’s accumulated wisdom. The successful pursuit of the good life requires that we listen better than we talk, and talk in a manner that reflects the fact that we haven’t figured everything out.

PRUDENCE

Reality is complicated. Apart from context, principles and values are just ideologies that ask us to ruin good things in the hopeless chase after perfect ones. Washington can’t fix the broken relationships and communities that are the source of most of the problems it faces. We focus on organic solutions to human-scaled problems—not on changing the world.

This orientation is exciting and encouraging, and I would recommend our readers add Humane Pursuits to their list of online reading.

By Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.