February 21, 2013

Natural Law Arguments Don't Have a Prayer

Rod Dreher, American Conservative

In an essay only available to First Things subscribers — wanting to read it is why I finally got off my rear end and subscribed to the magazine whose site I read every day, several times a day; you please do the same — the Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart contends that natural law arguments have no traction in public debate today. I’ve been trying to say something like this on this blog in talking about same-sex marriage, but Hart is an actual intelligent person and trained theologian sympathetic to natural law convictions, so listen to him.

I’m only going to quote him briefly, because the essay is behind the firewall. Basically, he says that he believes in the natural law, by which he means the harmony of a cosmic and material...

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