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Natural LawA Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue$
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Anver M. Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198706601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706601.001.0001

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Response to Matthew Levering’s “Christians and Natural Law”

Response to Matthew Levering’s “Christians and Natural Law”

Chapter:
(p.111) Response to Matthew Levering’s “Christians and Natural Law”
Source:
Natural Law
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Anver M. Emon

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706601.003.0006

This Response replies to Chapter 2 which is written from an Islamic perspective. This Response reviews Chapter 2's analysis of the Church Fathers' writings on natural law using the lens of difference. Difference, in this context, is meant to focus attention on the way in which these Christian theologians developed a natural law that nonetheless had to exclude from its ambit those who did not accept Christ as redeemer. Emon argues that a focus on difference does not undercut the viability of a Christian natural law. Rather, difference becomes a means by which we appreciate how natural law is made meaning within communities of tradition. Moreover, the Response showcases the Islamic approach to difference by contrasting Chapter 2's account of patristic natural law with pre-modern Islamic debates on obligation (taklif).

Keywords:   Religious Other, difference, belonging, obligation, taklif, Islamic law

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