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Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics

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Stephen Grabill delivers his address at today’s Lord Acton Lecture Series Event

Stephen J. Grabill, Acton’s Research Scholar in Theology, delivered an address today based upon his new book which explores the complex and often-overlooked relationship between Protestantism and natural law.

In Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics, Grabill calls upon Christian ethicists, theologians, and laypersons to take another look at this vital element in the history of Christian ethical thought. He appeals to Reformation and post-Reformation era theologians such as John Calvin, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Johannes Althusius, and Francis Turretin, who carried over and refined the traditional understanding of this key doctrine. If you weren’t able to attend today’s lecture in person, you can hear it by clicking here (7 mb mp3 file).

Marc Vander Maas


3 thoughts on “Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics

  1. Religion is a set of beliefs concerning the cause and the nature of the universe, especially when considereed as the creation of a superhuman agency.

    Surely you are aware that your state of being is boundless. You can’t believe that God resides in a place called Heaven. Thomas Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence belived in God on the evidence of reason and nature.

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  2. Stephen Grabill’s ‘Discovering Natural law…………’was redundant even before it was published. For the end of the ‘natural law’ sexual-ethical paradigm has already taken place by a new interpretation of the moral teachings of Christ, spreading on the web. I quote:

    “Using a synthesis of scriptural material from the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha , The Dead Sea Scrolls,The Nag Hammadi Library, and some of the worlds great poetry, it describes and teaches a single moral LAW, a single moral principle and offers its own proof; one in which the reality of God responds to an act of perfect faith with a direct, individual intervention into the natural world; making a correction to human nature by a change in natural law, altering biology, consciousness and human ethical perception”.

    Using ‘natural law’ as the starting point for ethics and morality is now a dead end! Check these links:

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