Here is a provocative article I recently published on The Christian Watershed. I pray that it moves you to contemplate the intrinsic dignity and value of all men.
Christianity affirms the intrinsic goodness of creation and the essential goodness of man made in the image and likeness of God. These are bedrock beliefs with far reaching implications. In the realm of ethics and civil law these presuppositions provide the only viable foundation upon which to build a case for civil rights and human dignity. From a theological standpoint, they provide the context necessary for understanding Jesus’ profound summation of the Mosaic Law found in St. Matthew’s Gospel:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
But exactly who is your neighbor? A lawyer, who desired to “justify himself” once asked our Lord…
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