Human Dignity

Human dignity has two components, objective and subjective. Objectively, human dignity is the truth that every person upon conception is created in the image and likeness of God. Along with a body, the human beings also possess a spiritual nature which is free and intellectual giving him the power to discern good and evil.

In a subjective sense, human dignity is the ability of a person to hear God’s law and observe it. It is closely connected with a person’s conscience. St. Paul writes, “They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them. . .” (Rom 2:15).

Furthermore, the root reason for human dignity lies in as person’s call to be in communion with God.