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How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus – Veracrux

How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus

The premise of human equality is not a self-evident truth: it is profoundly historically contingent

May 27, 2017
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Many people are strongly committed to the idea of human rights, with or without religious convictions.  Yet is there any basis for it in the premises of atheism?  An atheist recounts how her inquiry led her to an unexpected but irrepressible conclusion:

‘I remember leaving Singer’s lectures with a strange intellectual vertigo; I was committed to believing that universal human value was more than just a well-meaning conceit of liberalism. But I knew from my own research in the history of European empires and their encounters with indigenous cultures, that societies have always had different conceptions of human worth, or lack thereof. The premise of human equality is not a self-evident truth: it is profoundly historically contingent. I began to realise that the implications of my atheism were incompatible with almost every value I held dear…’

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