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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 Matthew Levering’s “Christians and Natural Law”

Response to Matthew Levering’s “Christians and Natural Law”

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(p.126) Response to Matthew Levering’s “Christians and Natural Law”
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Natural Law
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David Novak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706601.003.0007

Despite being members of two different faith communities, the authors of Chapters 1 and 2 have much in common with each other. Both try to answer Jews and Christians who see natural law to be in competition with the revealed law from which each of their respective faith communities takes its fundamental warrant. This Response also discusses how the Christian rejection of Marcion means that Judaism and Christianity base themselves on the same revelation: what has been written in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Like Levering, this Response sees natural law teaching within the Hebrew Bible, especially its teaching that all humans are created in the image of God, and that each tradition emphasizes that the “Golden Rule” as the most basic norm for humans to respect each other's rights, each other's dignity. In this way, the authors of Chapters 1 and 2 attempt to counter the secularist view that human rights need no religious grounding, but only political protection.

Keywords:   Jews, Christians, dignity, Golden Rule, Maimonides, Marcion, natural law

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