So, what did Jefferson mean when he wrote that, “all men are created equal?” Friedman analyses and concludes that in his article, the equality is “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights” (266). The reason why all persons are created equal is that God created us and gave us intrinsic value that we speak of in terms of “right” language. For me, I agree with Friedman’s point that he mentions “All men are created equal”, but not “Equality before God” because I am not a Christian. We are all people that have the same human characters, which means we have the same privilege and rights as humans. No matter what religions we are, we still have the same basic rights and opportunities; no matter what status we are since we were born, it happens before the premise of justice, which is most
This would create an controllable atmosphere for David and the Davidian leaders. Obedience Cult members join because they seek truth, social approval, love or something to believe in. Part of these factors is also the feeling of truly believing what you're told. Cult members act in ways to appease their leaders and achieve, what are seen as, superordinate goals. Koresh's ultimate goal was to teach the "preachings and prophecies" of God as he believed he was a prophet himself.
People like the idea of believing in religion and a higher power because it gives people something to believe in when nothing seems to make logical sense. This is exactly the case for John in A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. As stated at the very beginning of the book, Owen is the reason John believes in God, and it’s because it helps John make sense of everything that happens that doesn’t seem possible. The things Owen does and the things he knows prior to them happening are only possible if there is some higher power guiding Owen’s life. Thus, when Owen knows when his life is going to end and what he needs to do leading up to it, John can’t help but believe Owen has some sort of connection with God.
In the beginning, God created man in His image and likeness appointing him with certain attributes that define him as distinctively good. However, the Creator also gave man the ability to choose freely. In granting the human race free will, law then has the capacity to be abused or broken. After the Fall of mankind, the human person is no longer disposed to happiness by the law. In contrast laws inhibit the ability to choose freely.
Plato's belief was that “moral virtues are universal and absolute, not relative (Hunt, Martin, Rosenwein, Smith 2010).” he believed that it was the way people are whether they were good or bad, and that nothing can be changed about it. Plato was the first man to believe that the person's spirit is different from the body itself. According to David Davidson “Platonism is part of the vital structure of Christian theology (Davidson)." Which helped influence Christianity since Plato believed that there was a perfect world for people, which is what the Christian believed to be heaven. Plato was not Christian but Platonism did help people understand Christianity a bit better.
Their god Yahweh had ultimate power, instead of believing that the god might serve you from only rituals and sacrifice, his followers also had to perform good deeds also known as the Ethical Behavior. The Israelis also lived by the Mosaic Code of Law, which had certain features such as an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. This led to Christianity because of the believe in only one god and committing good deeds to receive help and eternal life. 3. Why did Sparta develop into a conservative military state?
Martin Luther is a Christian man; he believes that justice squares with the moral law or the law of God, and injustice is when it is out of harmony with the natural law and the law of nature. He also quoted some bible verses to support his argument. He believes that equal right brings justice to his people. Overall, his idea of justice came from a Christian point of view. On the contrary, Thoreau’s idea of justice was more complicated, his idea of justice mainly came from the principle of reason, conscience, and humanity.
Thomas Paine is one of the great thinkers of all times, his notion of Human rights is Relevant even today. He advocates the Rational Outlook to life in his The Age Of Reason “I believe in the quality of man, and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavouring to make our Fellow-creatures happy. I believe many other things in addition to these. I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, not by Church that I know of; my own mind is my own church. All national institutions of churches whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than invention set up to terrify and enslave, monopolize
They accept natural cause as a viable explanation for how the universe came to its present state. They want to be accepted as men of science, yet desire to be viewed as Christians. They believe in some type of god. Despite claims to the contrary, their belief conflicts with the Bible and its teaching about God as creator. The term “theistic evolution” is an
The similar thing happened with the Enlightenment, as many thinkers of that time believed their religious faiths were consistent with reason. Also, for the Enlightenment thinkers ethics and law were things that should be applied equally to all people. Transhumanists when it comes to the rights of people advocate for moral universalism, too, as they believe that all people should be equally able to control their own bodies and take advantage of technologies. But the as transhumanism is not limited to the “human” beings, they need to consider the humanity’s descendants. If the future “humanity” population will be morally and intellectually superior, then the idea of humanity of today constraining the moral choices of humanity
This coincides with my next argument in that God has created a world that allows for both good and evil, and along with this, he gave humans the ability to make their own choices. God allows humans, who are not all-powerful and not necessarily wholly good beings to have the decision to make between being good and being evil. I am a firm believer in this hands-off approach that God may have taken during his creation because free will allows people to ultimately choose their own path in life, and while allowing the possibility for evil to occur God himself remains both wholly good and all-powerful. Without free will it would be unclear as to what makes humans unique individuals; free will allows for the understanding that humans can be themselves and choose their outcomes ultimately resulting in them deciding their lives. Unfortunately, free will along with good and evil go hand in hand.