This lecture argues for the necessity of finding an appropriate language – a moral grammar, if you will – by which to engage fellow citizens living in a “post-consensus,” “post-everything” cultural climate. Natural law seeks to create that “bridge.” Building upon St. Paul’s model of being “all things to all men” and presupposing the law “written on the heart,” the lecture considers three groups of important cultural issues – human rights, human dignity, and human justice – as a means of such “bridge”-building.
- Robert Benne, Good and Bad Ways to Think about Religion and Politics. (Eerdmans, 2010)
- J. Budziszewski, What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide. (Spence, 2003 [=Ignatius, 2003])
- J. Daryl Charles, Retrieving the Natural Law: A Return to Moral First Things. Current Issues in Bioethics. (Eerdmans, 2008)
- David F. Forte, ed. Natural Law and Contemporary Public Policy. (Georgetown University Press, 1998)
- Robert P. George and Christopher Wolfe, eds. Natural Law and Public Reason. (Georgetown University Press, 2000)
- Heinrich A. Rommen, The Natural Law: A Study in Legal and Social Philosophy and History. Trans. T.R. Hanley. (Liberty Fund, 1998)
Affiliated Scholar, John Jay Institute