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Natural LawA Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue$
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Anver M. Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198706601

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706601.001.0001

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Response to David Novak’s “Natural Law and Judaism”

Response to David Novak’s “Natural Law and Judaism”

(p.57) Response to David Novak’s “Natural Law and Judaism”
Natural Law

Matthew Levering

Oxford University Press

Responding to Chapter 1, this chapter takes up the concern that a particular religious tradition may have a totalizing view of natural law, by connecting it too closely with its own religious tradition. Christian theologians emphasize the effects of sin in obscuring the natural law. Catholics argue that the Church is given the ability to teach certain natural law precepts truthfully, so as to ensure the ability of believers to be configured to Jesus in holiness. My Response also addresses the question of whether natural law includes not only human-to-human but also human-to-God relationships, that is to say an awareness of the divine lawgiver/Creator. This Response has to do with the fundamental issue of whether there really is a natural law or whether “natural law” is simply one tradition's way of asserting moral hegemony.

Keywords:   eternal law, lawgiver, Creator, Magisterium, sin, Church, revelation, Kant

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