Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Protestant Reformers and the Natural Law Tradition

'However deeply entrenched the natural law’s neglect or opposition is among today’s Protestants, it cannot be attributed to the magisterial Reformers of the sixteenth century. Although it is decidedly true that they championed a particular understanding of grace and faith that took issue with their Roman Catholic counterparts, this was not to the exclusion of other vehicles of divine agency. Rather, they assumed the natural law as a part of the fabric of the created order and therein maintained continuity with those across the Reformation divide.'

J. Daryl Charles at Public Dicourse.

"Given the emphasis on divine sovereignty and human depravity in Calvin’s theological system, one might assume that the reformer had a dim view of the natural law. This, however, is not the case.[27]"
[27. "While it is sharply debated among Reformed scholars precisely how important in Calvin’s writings the natural law is, that he affirmed it wholeheartedly is not in question."]

See Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Great Books of the Western World (second edition, 60 Vol., 1990) volume 30.

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