April 7, 2011

THE DEEP STRUCTURE:

Discourse #28: What We Can't Not Know (Stephen Reed, March 24, 2011, Breakpoint)

Stephen Reed interviews Dr. J. Budziszewski, professor of Government and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin, and author of What We Can't Not Know. The topic? Natural Law. [...]

Christians and people from other faith traditions may find it odd that something so familiar to them as Natural Law should be deemed controversial. After all, Natural Law simply refers to the universal laws written on our hearts, given us by our Creator.

These laws are also reflected in some of the great basic laws and customs in all societies, such as those we find in the Ten Commandments, like the laws against murder, stealing, and the like. C. S. Lewis dives into this philosophical discussion well in the beginning of his classic, Mere Christianity.

But in this post-modern age, with its impulse to run away from any recognized standard of right and wrong, everything is relative. Declaring someone’s actions as wrong, even if they are clearly harming another person or themselves, is seen as judgmental and, with great irony declared the new wrong thing to do in polite society.

Dr. Budziszewski believes that the fact that we are all under the Natural Law actually gives us great common ground with a variety of individuals. People of many faith backgrounds and even those who have no religious faith can still find that they substantially agree on the rules of the game given to each of us in this life through the Natural Law, whether one calls the rule giver God or nature.


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