The Importance of Natural Moral Law and Natural Rights
On today’s Bible Answer Man broadcast (10/21/20), Hank talks more about the book Politics for Christians: Statecraft as Soulcraft by Francis J. Beckwith.https://www.equip.org/product/cri-resource-cri2010wa/ This book will go a long way to helping Christians understand what is essential to know about government and its laws, as well as natural moral laws and natural rights. Looking at the title, one may wonder “how is statecraft soulcraft?” By statecraft, the Greek philosopher Aristotle meant that the state by policy and moral ideology shapes the quality of a citizen’s character. This is central to a Christian understanding of politics. Liberal democracy assumes natural rights, and because natural rights require natural moral law, liberal democracy assumes a natural moral law—rights that the state is obligated to honor. The American Founders believed that this objective natural moral law, the foundation of natural rights, is best accounted for by the existence of God and can be known apart from Scripture.
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