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Natural and Divine Law : Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics,9780802846976

Natural and Divine Law : Reclaiming the Tradition for Christian Ethics

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2/1/2000
Publisher(s): Lightning Source Inc
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Summary

Though the concept of natural law took center stage during the Middle Ages, the theological aspects of this august intellectual tradition have been largely forgotten by the modern church. In this book ethicist Jean Porter shows the continuing significance of the natural law tradition for Christian ethics. Based on a careful analysis of natural law as it emerged in the medieval period, Porter's work explores several important scholastic theologians and canonists whose writings are not only worthy of study in their own right but also make important contributions to moral reflection today.

Author Biography

Jean Porter is professor of Christian ethics and moral theology at the University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

Preface 9(11)
Foreword 11(4)
Introduction 15(10)
Framing the Question
25(38)
Recent work on the natural law
29(5)
The social context: The consolidation of European society
34(7)
The intellectual context: Scholasticism
41(7)
The scholastic concept of the natural law
48(15)
Nature and Reason
63(58)
The scholastic concept of the natural law: Sources and context
66(10)
The starting point: Nature and convention
76(9)
Nature and reason
85(13)
Medieval naturalism and its implications today
98(23)
Scripture and the Natural Law
121(66)
Scripture and the natural law: Theological antecedents
124(5)
Natural law and Scripture in scholastic thought
129(17)
Natural law and moral norms
146(10)
The natural law as law
156(8)
The theological significance of the natural law
164(23)
Marriage and Sexual Ethics
187(58)
Sexuality in the scholastic concept of the natural law
190(9)
Marriage in scholastic thought
199(7)
Marriage, women and society: Legal and moral views
206(6)
Implications for contemporary Christian ethics
212(12)
Some specific issues
224(21)
Social Ethics
245(58)
From natural inclination to social practice
247(12)
The ideal of equality and it social expressions
259(9)
From natural law to natural rights
268(9)
Two hard cases: Servitude and social persecution
277(6)
Towards a theology of social life
283(20)
Conclusion: The Continuing Relevance of the Natural Law 303(16)
Bibliography 319(14)
Index 333

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