Thomas D. D’Andrea, “The Natural Law Theory of Thomas Aquinas,” Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism — a project of the Witherspoon Institute.
Thomas D. D’Andrea considers Aquinas’ theory of natural law at the Witherspoon Institute’s Natural Law, Natural Rights, and American Constitutionalism site.
Thomas Aquinas is generally regarded as the West’s pre-eminent theorist of the natural law, critically inheriting the main traditions of natural law or quasi–natural law thinking in the ancient world (including the Platonic, and particularly Aristotelian and Stoic traditions) and bringing elements from these traditions into systematic relation in the framework of a metaphysics of creation and divine providence. His theory sets the terms of debate for subsequent natural law theorizing.
John Locke was an English philosopher and physician, widely regarded as one of the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers and commonly known as the “Father of (classical) Liberalism.” Considered one of the first of the British empiricists, following the tradition of Sir Francis Bacon, he is equally important to social contract theory. His work greatly affected the development of epistemology and political philosophy. His writings influenced a great number of philosophers and politicians, as well as, many more revolutionaries.
This four page report is just a snippet of his thoughts on Natural Rights and Natural Law.
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Voted one of Christianity Today’s 1995 Books of the Year! Reasonable, concise, witty and wise, Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli have written an informative and valuable guidebook for anyone looking for answers to questions of faith and reason. Topics include:
- faith and reason
- the existence of God
- God’s nature
- how we know God
- creation and evolution
- providence and free will
- the problem of evil
- the Bible’s historical reliability
- the divinity of Christ
- the resurrection
- life after death
- heaven and hell
- Christianity and other religions
- objective truth
Whether you are asking the questions yourself or want to respond to others who are, here is the resource you have been waiting for.
This was not an overly long book, however, it was chock full of philosophical and religious discussions which required a great amount of attention. Especially considering that most of my reading projects are during my break time at work. I found this to be a very fascinating book, in that, it discussed much of what we Christians should understand and believe. Unfortunately, most Christians cannot give an answer as to why they believe what they believe; thus yielding the appearance to those they may, or may not, be evangelizing to…that they have no clue as to why they believe. This could be a study of itself by taking each section and sub-section and drawing the information out for all to see and understand.
We are called to ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ And to love the Lord with all of our mind means we are to use reason…our faith does not contradict reason, but complements it – even though it may go beyond reason.
THIS is an excellent book and resource for all Christians to possess, used or new, it really does not matter. The information presented is priceless and necessary to help in your argumentation with others that you discuss Jesus, either evangelizing or debating.
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