Originally Posted by SunshineJ
Ok I've figured out what's bothering me about this. It's the assumption that anything may be of more value in nature than something else. I do not believe that to be true. For example, the lowly fungi and bacteria that decompose fallen leaves in a forest performs a valuable function and has no less value than the predators who prevent overpopulation. As the world was created, prior to mankind going in to muck it all up, things were in a good balance, with each entity having value. No one had to tell the fungus it was important, and it didn't need to evaluate it's sense of self worth to determine it's value, it just was and is.
I guess I don't have a problem with believing that humans have more value than, say, a mushroom. Not that a mushroom has no value, but I would have no problem saving a human life over the life of a mushroom.
As for intrinsic value, it seems that I agree with the other posters that each part of (what I call) creation has its own value that comes from within it. The only difference is that I believe it was created
with that value by God. I'm still not sure how
anyone can know what the intrinsic value of anything is otherwise. Just saying something has intrinsic value *just because* isn't a satisfying answer for me.
|The upcoming Vatican-sponsored conference takes place March 3-7. February 10 was the presentation. This international conference on evolution will include "critical study of the theory of intelligent design, which, organizers said, represents poor theology and science." The proponents of intelligent design were not invited to give presentations at the March conference. "Organizers agreed to discuss how it appeared and developed as a cultural ideology, not as science."
I'm very interested to hear what they have to say! I'm of the opinion that science uncovers the nature of God (as much as it can). Religion and science are not in opposition. There are simply questions that science cannot answer, and God is the most reasonable answer that I've found for those questions. And I'm saying this as someone who identified as a pagan for many years and only very recently came to this conclusion. The more I learn about the religion that I spent so many years opposed to, the more convinced I become.