Natural Law

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The basics of Natural Law

  • Aquinas assumes everything has a Natural purpose (telos)
  • Humans Natural Purpose is to be rational. Following the synderisis Rule. 'Do good and avoid all evil'
  • Aquinas assumes God designs Natural Law and our ultimate purpose is to be with God

5 Primary Precepts of Natural Law

P - Preservation of Life

O - Ordered Society

W - Worshipping God

E - Educating the youth

R - Reproduction

Secondary Precepts

  • Do not kill the innocent
  • Respect the Rule of Law
  • Appreciate beauty - go to Church
  • Pursue knowledge and truth
  • Do not abort, no contreception

Ultimate goal (eudamonia) to be with God and worthy of Heaven. The law must follow divine law (Bible…


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