"There is no compelling reason to save the stranger first, except for the
assertion that human life is infinitely precious, and infinitely more
precious than that of animal life."
"Without revelation, we cannot know what is right (we can have opinions
and beliefs about morality but not moral knowledge). And even if we
could know what is right without revelation, our feelings too often
overwhelm that knowledge."
"All of us feel more for a being we love than for a being we don’t
know, let alone love. Therefore something must supersede our feelings.
That something must be values. But these values must be perceived as
emanating from something higher than us; higher than our opinions,
higher than our faculty of reason, and even higher than our conscience."