Conflicting Views of Human Nature
In this essay I will critically analyze three views of human nature. These will include the Judeo-Christian, Evolutionary and Freudian views of human nature. I will present and then assess the premises and claims of each of these theories. I will then base my conclusion on that assessment.
The first view examined will be the Judeo-Christian view. This view holds that humans are made in the image of God. Because they are like God, they are above other creatures on Earth and hold a special place in this world. . This view also holds that each human has a purpose and is on Earth for a reason.
The second view is the Evolutionary view of human nature. This view consists mainly of the work and theories of Charles Darwin. This view holds that humans are a result of evolution from lesser-developed creatures and therefore are not above other creatures.
This view also holds the belief that humans have no special purpose in life are not created in the image of God.
The final view I will explore is the Freudian view of human nature. Freud believed that humans are selfish and aggressive and that most of our actions and reactions are results of the memories that we have from our childhood.
Although these three views of human nature differ from one another, my goal is to critically analyze each view and draw a conclusion regarding these views. Based on
my examination, I feel that each view has its strengths and weaknesses. The following analysis will demonstrate this.
The Judeo-Christian tradition makes the claim that humans are like divine beings, made in the image of God. This is because they have the characteristics of their Creator. Not only is the self, or soul, separate from the...