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Running Head: PARAPHRASING
Explain the theological origins of the theory of human dignity.
The theory of human dignity has its theological origins in the creation stories found in the book
of Genesis. These stories portray the human beings as the best creation among all other creatures.
The creation story also states that God made human beings in His image and gave them power
over all other creatures.
The book of genesis, describes the human creation, and the theory of human dignity, by
representing man as God’s perfect creation. Moreover, the book of Genesis describes how God
created man in his image, and directed him to take charge of all the plants and animals on earth.
Why do Christians believe that God sent Jesus?
To saves us from our sins and grant us an everlasting life with God.
To save mankind, and give them an eternal life.
Who does Jesus choose to primarily associate with and why?
Jesus chose to associate with tax collectors like Levi and other sinners instead of the righteous
people. He associates with sinners because he came to save sinners, as they need Him more than
Jesus came to the world, to save the sinners such as the tax collectors. These tax
collectors included the Levites, who wanted Jesus more than the righteous; therefore Jesus
decided to associate with them.
Is Kant’s conception of the human similar to or different from CST? Explain
Kant’s concept of human beings is similar to CST. The Kantian ethical theory states that the
morality of a person’s action can be assessed by only the judgment of other rational creatures
since human beings are unique and dignified.
There are similarities between Kant’s and CST theory, because they both state that
human beings are exclusive and exalted, hence the decency of a person’s action can be evaluated
logically by other creatures.
Explain in your own words the two categories of people that Gabriel Marcel proposed.
Which category do you think you fall into?
The two categories of people that Gabriel Marcel proposed are those who are available and those
who are unavailable. The first one are those who think that they are not superior to others and
believe in equality. The unavailable ones are those who view other people as superior to them.
They underestimate themselves and think that others are better than them.
I view myself as an available person.
Gabriel Marcel, made a proposal to two groups of people that is individuals who were
available, and those who were absent. Those available consider equality, and perceive
themselves as not superior to other people. By contrast, those who fall on the unavailable
category, underestimate themselves, and perceive other people as more superior.
I fall under the available category.
Explain how CST links human dignity with labor.
CST link human dignity with labor as humans are not only made in the image of God, but they
are also assigned the duty to take care of God’s creation and control it.
CST bonds human’s self-esteem with labor, because man not only controls and takes care
of God’s creation, but is also made in God’s image.
How does the concept of human dignity challenge the belief that advances in technology
lead to better, happier lives?
Based on the human dignity concept, one may conclude that advances in technology will destroy
our future generations.
Regarding the idea of human dignity, one may determine that the future generation of
mankind, will be destroyed by the advancement in technology.
1.What are the limits of the concept of human dignity?
When we talk about communities, societies, and associations, we tend to realize the limits of
human dignity since what individuals perceive as good may not be good enough for the society.
Individual’s perception of what is good may not be good enough for the society, because
we tend to realize the limits of human dignity, when we talk about associations, communities,
2. Why can it be difficult to speak of a “common good” today?
The individualistic culture of the western people makes it hard for the nations to share the
goodness. This makes talking about common goodness hard due to the corporations conducting
business in our economy.
The discourse about common goodness is difficult, because of the companies undertaking
businesses in our country. These corporations subscribe to the western culture, thus posing a
challenge for countries to share goodness.
3.What recent events in business have led some to reconsider the concept of the common
What happened to big companies like Lehman Brothers, CITI Banks, Enron, WorldCom,
HealthSouth, Sachs, Banks, and Bank of America led many to doubt the concept ...