Monday, April 11, 2016

Because God Exists Humans Have Dignity

We were at the Pistons game last Friday night as they clinched a playoff berth.

If there is no God then there is nothing special about humans. To think so, as atheist philosopher Peter Singer has told us, is to be guilty of "speciesism"; i.e., viewing our own species as "special." William Lane Craig writes:

"If there is no God, then any ground for regarding the herd morality evolved by homo sapiens as objectively true seems to have been removed. After all, what is so special about human beings? They are just accidental by-products of nature which have evolved relatively recently on an infinitesimal speck of dust lost somewhere in a hostile and mindless universe and which are doomed to perish individually and collectively in a relatively short time." (W.L. Craig, "The Indispensability of Theological Metaethical Foundations for Morality") 

But because God exists, and persons are creations of God fashioned in the image of God, humans have ontological worth. Atheist philosopher Marcello Pera recognizes this as he writes:

"It is true that almost all the achievements that we consider most laudable are derived from Christianity or were influenced by Christianity, by the message of God become Man. In truth, without this message, which has transformed all human beings into persons in the image of God, individuals would have no dignity." (Pera, Ratzinger, Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam, p. 36)