Tuesday, June 2, 2009


I do not want to make it sound as if no one in any eastern or post-Christian/secular country is interested in humanity. This thought, of course, is not true and it is not the thought I wish to put forth here. The question is not if people who are eastern and/or secular humanistic in their beliefs do care about people or even can care about people. The question, rather, is concerning the basis for human rights and can sufficient basis be derived from certain beliefs. It is my findings that secular humanism--not to be confused with other forms of true humanism--and eastern beliefs [along with Islam which is not normally categorized with eastern beliefs proper] do not provide a sufficient basis to support true human right and human dignity.If it is possible, albeit without sufficient basis, for these worldviews to provide human rights, then from where does this concern come? There are two possible sources: from without and from within. Let us examine the first source, "from without". There are cultures that have vestiges of their former Christian culture. A sort of Christian "residue." Such is the case in the United States and in Europe. While both of these geographic groups could not be defined any longer as Christian themselves, they have practice sand beliefs, though divorced from their Christian context and practice,which are left over. In a limited amount of time--I do not know how long--these last influences will be over and that will be a scary day indeed. The second source for human rights is "from within." That is to say that human concern is built into human nature. This does not present a problem at all for my theory on human rights. This inward angst, in my worldview, is created by God. The very fact that God made mankind in his own image[Genesis 1:27] means that we bear his characteristics--though at times we pervert them, and this we call sin. But the very fact that we possess characteristics that have natural root and basis in our own belief systems only points to the fact that there is a higher being from whom receive these attributes. This is quite a similar thought as C.S. Lewis' moral argument for the existence of God. Go read Mere Christianity.

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