To Eat the Panda is Not Divine

Chuck Colson addresses bio-diversity and man’s divinely inspired interest in even inconvenient species.

On BreakPoint today, Colson says:

“Why should a dominant species like man care about one that is struggling to survive—especially one [pandas] it doesn’t require for its own survival? Natural selection is indifferent to the plight of the panda, no matter how cute it is. Well, we do care because man is not merely another animal and he is capable of more than simple utilitarian calculations. Man, created in the image
of God, can transcend self-interest and make sacrifices for the sake of struggling fellow-creatures, whether those creatures walk on two legs or four. His altruism has a divine, not a material, source.Man can also teach his fellow man that he is a steward, and not merely an exploiter, of the rest of creation. His self-understanding is moral and spiritual, not just biological.”


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group ( Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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