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Reply To: After completing this course, do you agree with the statement, “Hebraic Thought is the greatest intellectual tradition in the history of humanity.” Why or why not?

Christina Sturgeon

Hebraic thought is undergirded by the notion that each life has intrinsic value because we are made in the image of God. That foundation alone does set Hebraic thought above different intellectual traditions. Any concept of good or bad must be founded in a higher eschatological framework. Simply being a “just” person who can sympathize with different human plights can only get you so far. What’s required is an appeal to the One who is the north star of love and truth. Otherwise, morality remains subjective or relative and, as soon as one acquires “power,” it would be rather hard to not instinctively lord that over someone else. Hebraic Thought, at its core, requires that we submit to God. One would be hard-pressed to find the notion of human life having equal value, or that justice requires due process in the Greek/Hellenistic traditions. As such, it has remained a core thread throughout history and will undoubtedly remain so.