How do you derive human worth from a universe devoid of God?
Someone please answer this, since it appears to me that without God, human life is greatly devalued. Consider the following:
- If life happened with no purpose in mind, humans are intrinsically no more important than other animals.
- We may value an organism based on how much it can accomplish, which is dependent on how intelligent it is.
- This is the only basis for valuing a human life over the life of another species- the human’s higher intelligence.
- However, how do we value those humans who do not have the same level of intelligence? From a purely evolutionary standpoint, is there any reason to suggest that they are of equal value?
- Furthermore, what of those people with genetic diseases? According to the evolutionary viewpoint, are they preventing humanity from reaching its potential?
- From a purely naturalistic standpoint, what’s to stop someone from being as cruel as nature herself? Why does the survival of the fittest not apply to humans?
As you can see, a purely evolutionary viewpoint devoid of God leads straight into eugenics, euthanasia, and abortion. That is not to say that atheists cannot be good people, but it is to say that their goodness does not come from their atheism – it has some other origin. My guess would be Christian tradition.
People say that the Golden Rule is universal and not Christian in origin. But they miss the point- Christians were the first to have reason to define “your neighbor” to mean everyone, especially those you hate.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28