The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World / Edition 1

The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World / Edition 1

by Russell Hittinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 188292682X

ISBN-13: 9781882926824

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: ISI Books

The last two decades or so have seen a marked resurgence of interest in natural law thought. Russell Hittinger has been a major figure in this movement. The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World reveals the power and subtlety of Hittinger's philosophical work and cultural criticism. Hittinger first defines the natural law,

Overview

The last two decades or so have seen a marked resurgence of interest in natural law thought. Russell Hittinger has been a major figure in this movement. The First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World reveals the power and subtlety of Hittinger's philosophical work and cultural criticism. Hittinger first defines the natural law, considers its relationship to the positive law, and explains how and when judges are to be guided by natural law considerations. Then, in the book's second section, he contends with a number of controversial legal and cultural issues from a natural law perspective. Among other things, he shows how the modern propensity to make all sorts of "rights claims" undermines the idea of limited government; how the liberal legal culture's idea of privacy elevates the individual to the status of a sovereign; and how the Supreme Court has come to see religion as a potentially dangerous phenomenon from which children must be protected. Throughout, Hittinger convincingly demonstrates that to oppose freedom and law is to misunderstand the nature of both.


About the Author

Russell Hittinger has taught at Fordham, Princeton, and Catholic University, and is currently the Warren Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, where he is also Research Professor of Law. The author of A Critique of the New Natural Law Theory, Hittinger is on the editorial board of First Things and the advisory board of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. In 2001, he was elected to the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas in Rome.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781882926824
Publisher:
ISI Books
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
374
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Section I: Rediscovering the Natural Law
Natural Law and Catholic Moral Theology 3
Natural Law as "Law" 41
Natural Law in the Positive Laws 75
Thomas Aquinas on Natural Law and the Competence to Judge 107
Section II: Natural Law and the Post-Christian World
Natural Rights, Under-Specified Rights, and Bills of Rights 131
Privacy and Liberal Legal Culture 153
The Supreme Court v. Religion 185
A Crisis of Legitimacy (including a Response to Critics) 207
Dignitatis Humanae, Religious Liberty, and Ecclesiastical Self-Government        241
Technology and the Demise of Liberalism 269
Reasons for a Civil Society 293
Notes 313

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