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Biblical Natural LawA Theocentric and Teleological Approach$
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Matthew Levering

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199535293

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535293.001.0001

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Natural Law and the Order of Charity

Natural Law and the Order of Charity

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(p.189) 4 Natural Law and the Order of Charity
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Biblical Natural Law
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Matthew Levering (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199535293.003.0005

If natural law is natural, how and why should one speak of it in the context of biblical revelation and the grace of the Holy Spirit? What is the relationship of natural law and supernatural charity? This chapter begins by probing modern assumptions about the relationship of love and law, which tend to be viewed as ultimately incompatible. Drawing upon the theology of Thomas Aquinas, it argues that the recovery of natural law which the chapter is urging enhances rather than constricts the human person's ability to give himself or herself in love. It explains more fully the consequences of the understanding of a God-centered and teleological natural law grounded in created receptivity.

Keywords:   ecstasies, love and law, Thomas Aquinas, natural law, eternal law, God-centered natural law, teleological natural law

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