The Problem with ‘Natural Law’ in 6 Short Quotes

Emphasis added.


“The intrinsic desirability of such states of affairs as one’s flourishing in life and health, in knowledge and in friendly relations with others, is articulated in foundational, underived principles of practical reasoning (reasoning towards choice and action).”

(John Finnis, “Natural Law Theories,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)


“Marriage and family are not merely apparent goods but real ones, and the rules and habits necessary to their flourishing belong to the natural law.

(J. Budziszewski, Touchstone Magazine)

3 & 4.

“With the normative framework provided by the telos of human flourishing, social science can serve as the common language with which to talk about human life in a way that is comprehensible and legitimate to non-Christians.”


“But Christians have nothing to fear and everything to gain from good social science, because it should confirm what we already know from natural law—or help us revise our understanding of the natural law in light of human experience.”

(Paul D. Miller, The Public Discourse)


The prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the oldest peer-reviewed medical journal in the world, last week published an article detailing how same-sex marriage makes entire families healthier.”

(David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement)


“I’m not telling you whom to love; I’m telling you that there is nothing loving about mutual self-destruction.”

(J. Budziszewski, “Advancing a Heterosexual Public Ethic With Grace, Wit, and Natural Law”)



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