Today human equality is a foundational assumption of society. We are all equal.

Equal sign 

Yet, for most of human history the exact opposite was considered true – natural inequality was self-evident! Some are stronger, taller, smarter – and different abilities gives different responsibilities and privileges.

That’s how you get ideas like a ruling class – some people are born to rule, naturally endowed with special intelligence. That’s why common people were regarded as expendable. They were soulless.

What changed? It was Jesus and the church’s view that all souls could be saved!

If all souls were valuable to God, we were all equal in value, even if differently gifted. This foundation of modern society rests on the teaching of a Jewish peasant. Without Him notions of equality begin to unwind.

I’m going to continue to listen to Him. How about you?  

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at atthetop.org.au.