And what of human rights? The holocaust provided major impetus for the human rights movement. In the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we see that humans have a special moral status. It demands “…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family.” The grounding of this intrinsic dignity shared by all humans is in virtue of their being human as such. It is because such rights owed to human dignity is inherent that they are likewise inalienable. The state can’t take them away because it never had the authority to give them. Something or someone else did. It is this notion we also find in the US Declaration of Independence. It something transcendentally endowed by our Creator. It is why all lives matter. The expression “human rights” is derived from “natural rights,” which is derived from “natural law,” and further derived from “divine law.” What would that be if not grounded in man being made in God’s image?
Darwin once said,
“If … men were reared under precisely the same conditions as hive-bees, there can hardly be a doubt that our unmarried females would, like the worker-bees, think it a sacred duty to kill their brothers, and mothers would strive to kill their fertile daughters; an n on one would think of interfering.”
It does not appear that this provides a satisfactory ground of human rights and attending obligations. The great anti-theist, Richard Dawkins, now concedes that theistic belief seems to have greater moral motivation than not. He announces this much to his chagrin in his recent 2019 book in a chapter titled “Do we need God in order to be good?” He says: “Whether irrational or not, it does, unfortunately, seem plausible that if somebody sincerely believes God is watching his every move, he might be more likely to be good,”
The imprint of Jesus is clear. Jurgen Habermas, one of Europe’s leading intellectuals (philosopher and atheist) observed that democracy, human rights, equality, and freedom as we know it are “the direct heir to the Judaic ethic of justice and the Christian ethic of love” and that any other attempted explanation for them is “just idle postmodern talk.”
 Jaroslav Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1999)
 Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress (New York: Random House, 2019)
 Peter Singer, The Unsanctifying of Human Life (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002), 228-229.
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 https://www.barna.com/research/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-adoption/#.UnvPco2E7Tw. Last accessed January 20, 2020.
 Andrew Crislip, From Monastery to Hospital: Christian Monasticism and the Transformation of Health Care in Late Antiquity (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2005).
 https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/how-southern-baptists-trained-more-disaster-relief-volunteers-than-the-red-cross/. Last accessed January 20, 2020.
 Organizations like Compassion International and World Vision help people adopt and serve via child sponsorship more than 5.5 babies, children, and youth in 100+ countries.
 International Justice Mission whose goal it is to end human sex trafficking.
 Arthur Brooks, Who Really Cares? The Surprising Truth about Compassionate Conservatism (New York: Basic Books, 2006), 34.
 Brooks, 34.
 Ibid., 36.
 Ibid., 39.
 Ibid., 40.
 Ibid., 97.
 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Paris: 1948), accessed March 1 2018, www.un.or/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html.
 Griffin writes, “The French marked the secularization of the concept by changing the name from ‘natural rights’ to human rights’ … The secularized notion that we were left with at the end of the Enlightenment is still our notion today. Its intension has not changed since then: a right that we have simply in virtue of being human.” See James Griffin, On Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2008), 1-2. It was the Christian John Locke, European genius and founder of liberal democracy who was influential on America’s Founding Fathers and attending founding documents. See his Two Treatises on Human Government (London: Everyman, 1993).
 Charles Darwin, Descent of Man (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1998), 101.
 Richard Dawkins, Outgrowing God: A Beginners Guide (NY: Random House, 2019), 99.
 Jurgen Habermas, Time of Transitions (Cambridge: Polity, 2006), 150-51.