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Refounding Human Dignity

Refounding Human Dignity

A Guardian editorial in May described the decline in numbers and influence of Christianity and affirms that Christianity gave us “the idea that people have some rights just because they are human, and entirely irrespective of merit, [it] certainly isn’t derived from observation of the world.” Such “rights” “could therefore become vulnerable in an entirely post-Christian environment where the collective memory slips from the old moorings inherited from Christian ethics.” (H/T Peter Williams' facebook page).

“Human rights” indeed exist today as parasites upon the decaying body of Christendom. Yet the Catholic tradition disagrees with the “isn’t derived from observation of the world” point. Catholicism is not fideistic. But it’s not enough just to disagree with the imputation of irrationality. The fact that it is now assumed that there is no observed evidence for human dignity is something Catholicism needs to acknowledge and get to grips with. Starting by acknowledging the true thread of the Guardian editorial: We have lost the argument with post-Enlightenment opinion-formers. Our own defence of the human soul has proved inadequate. See our previous post, and our Faith pamphlet “What makes Man unique?”

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November - December 2017

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