I have raised this subject before but would like to give it another try. Is faith the engine of hope and does it have to be the only one? If hope needs a foundation or a place to grow, something solid to build on, faith can be an effective starting point. I tell myself that secular faith can exist, too.
Secular humanism attracts me. My kids went to an Ethical Culture Society school founded in the nineteenth century by those who believed in deed, not creed. I understand how unpopular secular humanism is in some quarters. Such is the First Amendment promise of religious freedom.
Maybe hope is organic Hope cannot be manufactured, but neither can it be denied. Hope may be beyond our control, growing in its own time and place. Hope cannot be only a creature of or prisoner to orthodoxy and a privilege offered to the faithful.
I do not wish to offend but wonder if hope is whatever any of us thinks it is.