As we approach the Feast of St Thomas Aquinas on Jan. 28 as a matter of fact, Prof Budziszewski explains why Christians, or anyone for that matter, should be interested in natural law.
On page 180, he opens the discussion with what may be surprising news that scripture itself refers to a general revelation (in contrast to special revelation to the community of faith) to and for all mankind. According to scripture this revelation comes in 5 different forms:
“The testimony of creation, which speaks to us of a glorious, powerful and merciful Creator (Psalm 19:1-6; 104; Acts 14:17;Romans 1:20.
The fact that we are made in the image of God, which not only gives us rational and moral capacities but also tells us of an unknown Holy One who is different from our idols (Genesis 1:26-27;Acts 17:22-23).
The facts of our physical and emotional design, in which a variety of God’s purposes are plainly manifest (Romans 1:26-27)
The law of conscience, written on the heart, like the law of Moses, tells us what sin is but does not give us power to escape it (Romans 2:14-15).
The order of causality, which teaches us by linking every sin with consequences (Proverbs 1:31).”
Until Tuesday the 28th, peace be with you!
J. Budziszewski, Written on the heart: The Case for Natural Law, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, Illinois. 1997.