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Old Apr 21, '08, 2:16 pm
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Default Divine Law vs Natural Law

Can someone please define 'Divine Law' for me and tell me if a distinction exists between Divine Law and the Natural Law?

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Old Apr 21, '08, 2:39 pm
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Can someone please define 'Divine Law' for me and tell me if a distinction exists between Divine Law and the Natural Law?

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Natural Law can be deduced by reason alone. What you call divine law is that which is directly given to us by God through revelation in the Scriptures and Tradition.
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Old Apr 21, '08, 3:05 pm
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Natural Law can be deduced by reason alone. What you call divine law is that which is directly given to us by God through revelation in the Scriptures and Tradition.
Many aspects of natural law find their counterparts in divine law. Divine law is not "un-reasonable" in every instance.
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Old Apr 21, '08, 3:07 pm
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I agree Eucharist, Baptism, Verbal Repenting are some of the things of Devine Law. While Natural [Moral] Law is restricted to things encrypted into your heart before your birth, as care for your fellow man, desire to marry, societal support, a calling for God, etc, etc .
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can they ever conflict?

Is on "over" the other?
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Old Apr 4, '10, 5:39 am
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can they ever conflict?

Is on "over" the other?
Nope, they can not. Natural Law is contained in Divine Law. In other words, it flows forth from it. The 10 Commandments for instance come as Divine Law as they are given to Moses but they things that are contained in Natural Law too. Sometimes God says things in Divine Law which can not be known any other way - other times he says things that can be found in both and at the same time reaffirms the Natural Law.
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Natural law is the promulgation of the eternal moral law in all creation, especially in created persons, both in the nature of each created thing, and in the ordered relationship between created things.

Saint Thomas Aquinas: "Augustine says (De Lib. Arb. i, 6) that 'knowledge of the eternal law is imprinted on us.' "
Summa Theologica, I-II, Q. 90, A. 4.

Saint Thomas Aquinas: "The natural law is a participation in us of the eternal law…."
Summa Theologica, I-II, Q. 91, A. 2.
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No, divine law and natural law are not identical as such. Divine law is natural law, but natural law is not necessarily divine law. There are atheists who believe in natural law. Greek philosophers before Christ believed in natural law.
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No, divine law and natural law are not identical as such. Divine law is natural law, but natural law is not necessarily divine law. There are atheists who believe in natural law. Greek philosophers before Christ believed in natural law.

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There are atheists who believe in natural law.
True; but for Atheists Natural Law is for the most part a one-sided argument.


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Also true; but God integrated Natural Law into His Divine Plan. And the outcome of His Divine Plan for the Human race will not return to Him until it has accomplished that for which He originally set it forth to accomplish.
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