There is no reason to presume that man is particularly important to anything but the Earth. As Klax and I have discussed, the chances of mankind ever leaving the Solar System are slim (me) or completely nonexistent (Klax).
But… limiting our scope to the Earth, no other species has expanded its awareness and concerns like human beings have to every species of the Earth, the very smallest components of things, and to the farthest reaches of universe and all the things that can be seen in it. Some might make the mistake of thinking it is our rationality which makes us great. But we have discovered that rationality is not only pervasive in the universe but our own is easily surpassed by machines. No what is far more significant is the fact that we care – that we look at everything and seek to understand them. Machines only do that sort of thing because we tell them to.
Even when we take the Bible seriously… it really only speaks of this world and shows very little awareness of what lies beyond. So whatever importance it may place in mankind cannot be presumed to extend beyond this planet.
Yes but it is only to a believer that the discoveries of science does so. Yeah we have that big “I told you so” in the fact that the universe has a beginning. But that is really as far as it goes. I even find reasons for belief in God in the facts of quantum physics but I have to confess that this is a completely subjective conclusion and hardly amounts to evidence which can be considered objective no more than the fact that the universe has a beginning.
But doesn’t Jesus say that God is mindful of the birds? Yes I think the Bible (even in the very same passage) says God is more mindful of human beings. But are we really warranted in thinking this means God doesn’t care about others elsewhere as much or more than He is of us?