Mirror of Justice

A blog dedicated to the development of Catholic legal theory.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"Human Dignity was a Rarity Before Christianity"

Also from the Church Life Journal, here's David Bentley Hart:

We speak today very easily, if not always sincerely, of the intrinsic dignity of every human person. For us, this is merely a received piety, and one of immemorial authority. And yet, if we take the time to wonder just how old a moral intuition it is, there is a good chance that our historical imagination will carry us only as far back as the “Age of Enlightenment” and the epoch of the “Rights of Man.” But our modern notion that there is such a thing as innate human worth, residing in every individual of every class and culture, is at best the very late consequence of a cultural, conceptual, and moral revolution that erupted many centuries earlier, and in the middle of a world that was anything but hospitable to its principles. And I am tempted to think that the nature of that revolution became visible for the first time only in the tale of Peter’s tears. . . .

https://mirrorofjustice.blogs.com/mirrorofjustice/2018/11/human-dignity-was-a-rarity-before-christianity.html

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