Natural law as a grounding for morality is basic to Roman Catholic ethics, though it is variously embraced or rejected by Protestants. As contemporary society tries to normalize sexual behavior long considered not just immoral but unnatural, natural law ethics have come back into vogue among those who insist that sexual morality is not just a narrow religious conviction but something applicable to everyone.
Protestant philosopher R. J. Snell has written a new book that attempts a new formulation of natural law, one grounded in love. After the jump, an excerpt from the book that first explains what we mean by natural law. (And note how the concept that nature has a “design”–c.f. the intelligent design movement–is integral to the idea.)
Later, I intend to post something on the Christian case against natural law theory, and we can weigh the issues. [Read more...]