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To establish the relevance of biblical readings to the wider philosophical debate on natural law, this study offers an overview of modern natural law theories from Descartes to Nietzsche, which reverse the biblical portrait by placing human beings at the center of the moral universe. Whereas the biblical portrait of natural law is other-directed, ordered to self-giving love, the modern accounts turn inward upon the self. Drawing on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, Levering employs theological and philosophical investigation to achieve a contemporary doctrine of natural law that accords with the biblical witness to a loving Creator who draws human beings to share in the divine life. Biblical Natural Law provides both an introduction to natural law theory and a compelling challenge to re-think current scholarship on the topic.
1 The Bible and Natural Law 22
2 Anthropocentric Natural Law 69
3 Natural Law and Natural Inclinations 140
4 Natural Law and the Order of Charity 189
Works Cited 235