Hi, @Brian_Weeks! Good to hear from you. Thanks for jumping in on this conversation to help steer us in the right direction.
To try and give a condensed answer to your first question about my quote “Do you see any disconnect [in Christian humanism with] glorifying man through glorifying God,” let me quickly clarify that I’m not making a claim for man to deity such as Jesus makes in John 13:31-32: “…Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.”
But it shows a connection to Jesus’ glory and God’s glory because Jesus is God. In humanism (and you’ll have to help me here), I understand it to be a system that seeks for the betterment of humankind and the world as a whole through the power and intellect of man. To me, it’s a system that seeks to glorify mankind. But clearly this is futile because Rom. 1:21-22 tells us “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give him thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.” And again in Rom. 8:20-21: “For the creation itself was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
So the answer isn’t to be found with man or in creation. In John 17:1-3: “…Jesus…lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come, glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Here is the answer to the world’s problems.
John 17:4, 6, 8b, 22-24 goes on: “I have glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do…I have manifested your name to the people…and they have kept your word…and know that everything that you have given me is from you. For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me…The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one. I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see (Greek word meaning “to observe w/sustained attention” and includes the idea of entering into and experiencing something) my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”
Just from this passage alone, we read about the glory Christ has given us believers now and how that’s lived out to God’s glory by believing His Word, accomplishing the work he has for us, and walking in unity and love (see also Jn. 7:38-39 & Eph. 1:9-10) as well as giving us a future glory for his glory (see also Eph. 1:11-14).
If Christian humanism is to be a viable term at all, it has to seek the glory of man through glorifying God. If there is a disconnect between either seeking mankind’s glory or seeking God’s glory without the other, it is not truly Christianity and humanism is futile.