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Human Demnity and Religious Values from a Christian Perspective

Author(s): Ion–Lucian Răcilă
Subject(s): Special Branches of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion
Published by: Editions IARSIC
Keywords: dignity; christianity; religious values; morality;

Summary/Abstract: In a time when human dignity is violated in countless ways in countries and societies around the world - often in the name of religion – Christianity, must reaffirm this important value and, more importantly, apply it in daily life. All religions recognize human beings as fundamentally equal. Respect for human dignity is therefore another fundamental principle of all religions. With this equality comes the belief that all people deserve a basic level of respect and dignity, regardless of their background. This principle excludes discrimination against people on the grounds of race, ethnicity, ancestry, socio-economic status, gender or disability; a growing number of people believe that they also exclude discrimination based on sexual orientation. Seen positive, the principle of equal dignity requires respect for all human beings, even those with whom we disagree most profoundly or whose cultures or lifestyles seem to us the strangest. Recognizing the equal value of all is therefore essential to building a global community of integrity and peace in this age of globalization. According to the biblical revelation, God not only created human nature, but endowed it with qualities according to His image and His likeness (cf. Gen 1:26). It is the only reason for asserting that human nature has an inherent dignity.

  • Issue Year: 7/2019
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 237-264
  • Page Count: 28
  • Language: Romanian