St. Paul, the Natural Law, and Contemporary Legal Theory
St. Paul, the Natural Law, and Contemporary Legal Theory grew out of the Year of St. Paul (2008-2009) proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI. It brings together the insights of Scripture scholars, theologians, philosophers and law professors on the ongoing importance of the natural law for legal theory and international relations. It argues that all human beings share certain common ethical standards based on the moral law written into the human heart.
- Hardback | 254 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
- 22 Mar 2012
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
About Robert Fastiggi
Jane Adolphe, LL.B/B.C.L, J.C.D. is Associate Professor of Law, Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida. Robert Fastiggi, Ph.D. is Professor of Systematic Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, MI. Michael Vacca, J.D., is a graduate of Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI and Ave Maria School of Law, Naples, Florida.
This book possesses the best qualities of St. Paul. Both are fiercely devoted to the rewarding work of seeking to understand the world today in light of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Both have the courage to meet the currently thorniest questions with sophisticated intellectual arguments that also 'ring true.' -- Helen Alvare, George Mason University School of Law This volume is a treasure trove. It brings together precisely the right conversations partners to illumine the foundations of any just civic order - including our own. Those foundations are the natural moral law and a robustly religious culture which informs public life. The editors have brought together theologians and philosophers who mine Scripture and the Catholic tradition, with legal scholars trained not only in the civil law, but in international and canon law as well as in legal philosophy and history. The result is an ensemble of first-rate essays, culminating in a masterly paper by Rev. John McDermott, formerly a member of the International Theological Commission. And the foreword by Father John Coughlin, one of the world's leading Canon lawyers, is superb. -- Gerard Bradley, University of Notre Dame
Table of contents
Preface by Rev. John J. Coughlin, O.F.M. Introduction Chapter 1: St. Paul: Between the Law of Caesar and the Justice of Christ in Second Timothy by Rev. Richard J. Cassidy Response by Patrick Quirk Chapter 2: St. Paul, the Natural Law, and the Catholic Tradition by Robert L. Fastiggi Response by Brian Scarnecchia Chapter 3: TheWisdom of the Greeks vs. theWisdom of Christ in St. Paul by Rev. Earl Muller, S.J. Response by Patrick Gillen Chapter 4: The New Man: Nature, Sin, and Grace in St. Paul by Eduardo Echeverria Response by Charles Lugosi Chapter 5: TheWestern Legal Tradition: Its Contemporary Crisis, and Pauline Diagnosis by Philip Blosser Response by Rev. Joseph Isanga Chapter 6: St. Paul, Ephesians 5 and Same-Sex Marriage by Mary Healy Response by Jane Adolphe Chapter 7: The International Theological Commission and the Natural Law by Rev. John M. McDermott, S.J.