Natural Law In The Early Church

The subject of natural law is hot nowadays, and I thought to add a little to the discussion, I would plug a blog I follow on my soon to be defunct Google Reader: Lex Christianorum.

The proprietor there, Andrew Greenwell, has done a lot of work, both analytical and historical, on the subject of natural law. For those of a more “Catholic” flavour, who believe that theology must be done in accord with the traditional “mind of the Church”, Greenwell has a series of interesting entries on the presence of natural law in early church tradition. I will list several of his posts below:

This survey could continue through the Middle Ages, of course. And I should note that even Protestants can benefit from recognizing natural law as part of the heritage of the church. It remains part of our heritage as well, as scholars like Steven Grabill have demonstrated. Further, the fact that “the best and brightest”, so to speak, of the early church, recognized the existence of natural law at least corroborates the doctrine, which says that all people can and to some degree do recognize the law of nature.