This Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon (HT Hemant Mehta) makes a good point that can be taken even further. One could object to any number of things, including things that young-earth creationists claim to be true, on the basis of it supposedly detracting from the value or dignity of human beings. “I didn’t come from a mere fertilized egg.” “I’m not modified dirt.” “I’m not a collection of chemicals.” I’m not a bunch of cells.”
But we are a bunch of cells, and a collection of chemicals, developed each and every one of us via natural processes from a fertilized egg. Those are verified and verifiable facts. And if those facts do not detract from human dignity, than neither does the evolutionary history of our species.