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50 Questions on the Natural Law: What It Is and Why We Need It

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Charles Rice, professor of the jurisprudence of St. Thomas Aquinas for the last twenty years at Notre Dame Law School, presents a very readable book on the natural law as seen through the teachings of Aquinas and their foundations in reason and Revelation. Reflecting on the most persistent questions asked by his students over the years, Rice shows how the natural law works ...more
Paperback, 411 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Ignatius Press (first published October 1st 1993)
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Miguel Dominguez
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
The natural law is an interesting topic. Supposedly, there is an objective morality that is knowable from reason. This book purports to discuss natural law as it applies to hot button issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion, and euthenasia. However, the author cheats. After talking about natural law for a while, it then declares that the Catholic Church is the arbiter of natural law and thus all he needs to do is quote various Papal Encyclicals without performing rigorous reasoning. The ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is an amazing read, I would recommend this book to anyone serious about understanding the Natural Law from the Authentically Christian perspective. Natural Law as it was intended to be, not the Enlightenment notions, but rather the Original Cause of the Enlightenment notion of Natural Law. For those who are looking to understand and rebuke (Post-)Modernity this book is one of those core books to read as well. Each chapter builds on the previous, so its important to read the whole book, ...more
Dec 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: philosophers, Catholics, people with common sense who appreciate logic
Recommended to Sylvia by: Mr. Lewis (PSR)
The title may seem formidable, but Rice is actually quite readable. He digs into Aquinas quite a bit (which is a good thing), but explains things in layman's terms. He goes through things like the existence of God, the Roman Catholic magisterium, morality, and the evidence and application of natural law.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Honestly, this one was probably somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. Very informative, tons of information, but it was just a little too much for me. Made me feel like a bit of a dummy a lot of the time. Someone more philosophical than I probably would get a lot more out of this one.
Burke Ingraffia
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
I love Ignatius Press, but I was disappointed with this book. I was hoping that it would be about the Natural Law, but ultimately it's about Christianity and the Catholic Church.

Also, it's not so much a written book but a copying and pasting of passages in the Catholic tradition.
David Norris
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was an excellent description of natural law from the Catholic church point of view. There was great historical reference and great tie in to the modern era.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Michelle by: How to Read Your Way to Heaven
Page 389, Page 389, Page 389... "Secular jurisprudence does not work: Every society, like every man, has to have a god, an ultimate authority. If it is not the real God, it will be a god of man's own making....Ultimately, in the absence of an acknowledged higher interpreter, the state will assume that moral authority..."

Keep reading; Enough said.
Sep 21, 2009 marked it as to-read
Included in the "Miscellaneous" section of Fr. John McCloskey's 100-book Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan.
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Charles Edward Rice was Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame law School. His areas of specialization were constitutional law and jurisprudence. He taught “Morality and the Law” at Notre Dame.

Professor Rice was born in 1931, received the B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross, the J.D., from Boston College Law School and the LL.M. and J.S.D. from New York University. He served