Human dignity is the same for all human beings: when I trample on the dignity of another, I am trampling on my own.
We look for dignity particularly in our leaders, our teachers, our mentors, our parents—anyone who shows us the way.
June 18, 2021
The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 5 urging the Corinthians to consider the way they practice their sexuality. Richard Rohr writes that this isn’t some “finger-pointing” moralistic judgment by Paul, but actually is intended to move the Corinthians toward greater respect and dignity in the way they relate to one another:
“Who does not want to be told they are worthy and good? Who does not want their social shame taken away? No longer was the human body a cheap thing, degraded by slavery, or sexual, verbal, and physical abuse. Paul is saying, “You are the very temple of God.” Scholars now believe this is Paul’s supreme and organizing idea. Such an unexpected affirmation of human dignity began to turn the whole Roman Empire around…”