The hashtag #ThingsOnlyChristianWomenHear is trending. Much of the content seems to be based on misunderstood and misused snippets of Christian scriptures divorced from their literary and cultural context. Much more seems to be based on properly understood but improperly applied Biblical principles. I’m both sad and a little angry having read these.
Additionally, the comments from Christians “defending” some of the more abusive and off the wall statements make it much easier for me to understand the perspectives of some of our “ex-Christian” friends.
Regardless, it’s important to note that it was the Christian worldview, not Greco-Roman, not Buddhist, not Islamic, not Hindu, not Secular Humanist, etc etc that helped secure rights for women all over the world. Human rights were (and are) based on an informed belief that all men and women (as well as all races) are created in God’s image and are unquestioningly equal in terms of earthly and eternal value. Human rights movements are literally borrowing from a Christian worldview to make a case for human equality and value.
Don’t misunderstand me though. That’s not to say that only religious people value other humans. That’s not what I’m saying at all. Most healthy and sane people know intuitively that humans are valuable simply because they are human. Religious views (in this case Christian views) simply explain these intuitions as objective truths and not simply evolutionary illusions.
Think about it. What is the basis for human value in a purely naturalistic system? Animated human meat responding to stimuli is ultimately no more or less valuable than any other animated meat responding to stimuli. At best, it seems to me that human value, in a purely naturalistic system, can only be measured based on an average standard of human production. What you produce determines value: i.e. goods, services, entertainment, children, someone else’s comfort or happiness, etc.
If you engage a non-Christian in this conversation perhaps a good question to ask is if there is some other naturalistic standard by which to measure human value without invoking religious ideology. In other words, what makes people valuable if not their productivity or ability to make someone else feel good? Send us the answers you hear. We’d love to read them.