So here's a little something I've been pondering lately:
Statement 1) All human beings are of equal worth and value.
Statement 2) Evolution is true.
How are these two statements reconcilable?
*PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOT RACIST. I AM PRESENTING A HYPOTHETICAL ARGUMENT*
If the place human beings have arrived at truly is due to the evolutionary process and natural selection, then wouldn't some races of human beings be intellectually and physically superior to others? And if they're superior intellectually and physically, then why are they not worth more? Wouldn't they be more valuable? Survival of the fittest.
The only ways that I can see the two statements being reconcilable to each other are to say that a) all people have souls, which are all of equal worth at all times. This would mitigate all other differences, since the value of the soul would trump all other determiners.
Or b) say that souls have nothing to do with it, and absolutely everything is equal in value, regardless of disparity in abilities. This would equate houseflies and dirt to human beings.
Option one has a problem, in that how do you draw a distinction between a human and a chimpanzee well enough to ascertain that one should have a soul, and the other not? If Evolution happened, then why would one thing receive a soul, and not the next? You have to draw the line somewhere, but it's difficult to do without being arbitrary. If you don't draw a line, then really, you're just restating option number two.
Option number two may be logically sound, but most people like to think they're worth a little more than pond scum.
Let me repeat, I believe God created human beings are equal, regardless of race, intellect, and physical ability. And while I'm not glued to believing in Evolution, I'm not throwing out the process, either. And I definitely believe that I'm worth more than the dirt. So then... how does that work? I guess God drew the line somewhere.... Hmmm...I'll have to think on that.
"All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite." Charles Sanders Pierce.