Is Human Value Intrinsic or Extrinsic?

I typically hear Christian speakers and apologists say that we, as humans, have intrinsic value.  I’m not completely sure how to define this word, but what comes to mind is that people are ends in themselves, not just means to an end.

I’ve been wondering, in the Christian view, is our value intrinsic or extrinsic?  Is it intrinsic to us as image bearers of God, or is it extrinsic in the sense that we’re valuable because God sees us as valuable?  The Bible says that we are “dust”, which doesn’t sound very valuable in and of itself.  Even the image of God comes from an outside source.

Just something I’ve wondered.  I doubt anyone else I know thinks about this!

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One Response to Is Human Value Intrinsic or Extrinsic?

  1. Jeff Johnston says:

    I’m wondering and thinking about the same thing right now…hmmm. It’s been three years since you asked this question. Have you come to any conclusions? =)

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