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The Catholic Church's view of human dignity springs from human agency and free will, with the further understanding that free will in turn springs from human creation made in the image of God.

In scripture, we learn that man was created to be a social being, with abilities and responsibilities:

“The LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)

And,

“Then God said: "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground." God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.”(Genesis 1: 26-27)

We can find this expanded and reflected upon in the bible and the teaching tradition of the Church. For example we learn

“You have made him little less than a god; with glory and honor you crowned him, gave him power over the works of your hand, put all things under his feet.” (Psalm 8)

While St. Gregory of Nyssa, in the 4th century, said:

“God did not make the heavens in his image, nor the moon, the sun, the beauty of the stars, nor anything else which you can see…You alone are made in the likeness of that nature which surpasses all understanding…Nothing in all creation can equal your grandeur.” (The Image of God in Humanity: Commentary on the Song of Songs, Homily)

The Catholic Church's view of human dignity springs from human agency and free will, with the further understanding that free will in turn springs from human creation made in the image of God. The human person, an intelligent being who has a soul, has been endowed with the ability to know and love God freely, thereby having a privileged place in the order of creation.

Does Human Dignity have any other “supports”?

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Is Human Dignity is an Inalienable Right?

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Are there any exceptions to this inalienable right of Human Dignity?

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What are my responsibilities, with regards to Human Dignity?

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What are threats to Human Dignity?

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Is there a fundamental problem with the modern conception of “Rights"?

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