No Deus, No Imago Dei
It is that which raises us higher than the animals, to stand a little lower than the angels. It is that which Christians affirm is stamped upon us at conception, and nothing has the power to remove: not time, not physical or mental privation, not even our own attempts to degrade it. Peterson calls it “the divine spark.” Christians call it the imago Dei: the image of God.
If we are merely one more animal among animals, what right have we to assign ourselves any more worth than the apes, or the mice?
Asks the atheist, “What have we to lose, if we lose God?” We have this to lose. This, and no more, and it is everything.
“The exclusion of a major cause of death,” they noted, “especially one with large racial and ethnic disparities, should be a major concern to the scientific community and society as a whole.”
“As a cause of death, the major one for Hispanics and African Americans,” said Dr. Studnicki, the lead researcher, “abortion would be at the top of the scientific agenda in the U.S., and with a funding priority consistent with its importance.”
Something to calmly consider.
“It is a complete non sequitur to say that Muslims are a peaceful people. Even if the overwhelming majority is “peaceful,” accepting the figures stated above would seem to delegitimize unfettered Muslim immigration. National security concerns are paramount for government.
These many violent jihadists not only wish to advance worship of Allah, but see that “worship” as intimately involved with Sharia law. There is a desire to replace non-Sharia governmental institutions, whether they be democratic and constitutional or dictatorial, in both majority Islamic countries and majority non-Islamic countries. There is an inseparability between the legal and political organization of society and their professed faith in their prophet and their god. Freedom of conscience, so valued in the West, is repudiated by the jihadists. Theirs is a theocratic ideal, and the linchpin is obedience to God in a tribal or semi-tribal order, not within the nation-state concept as we in the West understand the nation-state. It is a religion without miracles, without grace, without mercy and forgiveness as the linchpins of personal faith. While there are generous and kind Muslims, how weak these qualities are worldwide when compared to world Christianity. “