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Naturalism, Christianity, and Human DignityBy Evan Nehring
So naturalism diverges from Christianity on the question of human origins, but also on the question of human nature. I was raised to believe that people and animals are different kinds of things in their very nature. Not so with naturalism. On that view there is little or no human dignity above the animals. From the UC Berkeley website:
The central idea of biological evolution is that all life on Earth shares a common ancestor, just as you and your cousins share a common grandmother.
Through the process of descent with modification, the common ancestor of life on Earth gave rise to the fantastic diversity that we see documented in the fossil record and around us today. Evolution means that we're all distant cousins: humans and oak trees, hummingbirds and whales.
The biblical worldview, on the other hand, says that man was created a little lower than the angels and was given dominion and stewardship over creation. Jesus came to earth, lived a sinless life, was crucified, died and rose again for the forgiveness and salvation of man. We Homo sapiens have great worth, purpose and dignity in the Christian worldview!
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Is this idea important to you? Should human nature stand above the rest of nature? Is the biblical, Christian view dignifying to humans or just arrogant?
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