- List of Contributors
- Creation and Ethics
- Redemption and Ethics
- Eschatology and Ethics
- Ecclesiology and Ethics
- Divine Grace and Ethics
- Divine Commands
- Tradition in the Church
- Reason and Natural Law
- Love: A Kinship of Affliction and Redemption
- Christians and Government
- Christians and Family
- Christians and Economics
- Christians and Culture
- Christians and the Church
- Ernst Troeltsch's <i>The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches</i>
- Anders Nygren's <i>Agape and Eros</i>
- Kenneth Kirk's <i>The Vision of God</i>
- H. Richard Niebuhr's <i>Christ and Culture</i>
- Reinhold Niebuhr's <i>The Nature and Destiny of Man</i>
- John Mahoney's <i>The Making of Moral Theology</i>
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Index of Names
- Index of Scriptural References
Abstract and Keywords
Theological ethics is drawn to natural law for two fundamental reasons. First, it advances a form of moral realism which affirms that moral standards are based in reality, and in this sense ‘objective’, rather than manufactured by human decisions. Second, some ethicists are attracted to natural law for its universal scope and its claim to apply to all human beings — rich as well as poor, conqueror as well as conquered, men as well as women. This article begins with a brief discussion of the historical origins of the notion of natural law and its medieval development. It then examines its modern transformations, more recent theoretical developments, and contemporary challenges. The article focuses on how ‘nature’ functions normatively within natural law ethics.
Stephen J. Pope is Associate Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Theology, Boston College.
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