Natural Law Foundations of the American Republic

Bill Whittle, explaining the Natural Law underpinnings of good law, and observing what is the underlying (as opposed to the proximate) cause of the current economic malaise:

What We Believe, Part 4: Natural Law

It’s Part 4 of Bill’s series about what American conservatives (and especially Tea Party folks) believe. Here are Parts 1, 2, and 3:

What We Believe, Part 1: Small Government and Free Enterprise

What We Believe, Part 2: The Problem with Elitism

What We Believe, Part 3: Wealth Creation

All of the above are of interest generally, and especially to Catholics who have a moral obligation to exercise good citizenship by voting in accord with faithful and obedient practice of the Catholic faith in the upcoming election.

(Assuming you haven’t already voted. Early Voting is a wonderful thing. My wife and I voted yesterday. Now all we have to do is hang up on all the robo-calls between now and Tuesday without losing our patience.)

But Catholic moral teachings lean heavily on Natural Law (producing some very counter-cultural results in the area of human sexuality especially!) so I thought that Part 4, which touches on a different aspect of Natural Law, was of particular interest.

NOTE: It should be unnecessary, but is sadly is necessary in some quarters of the blogosphere, to explain that the phrase “What We Believe” used on topics in the economic, political, mathematical, medical, and other spheres, is not to be construed as a substitute for complimentary or underlying beliefs in the Theological, Ecclesiastical, and related spheres. One can believe that 2+2=4, that a little red wine can be heart-healthy, that arbitrary nullifications of contracts by the government are detrimental to economic health, and that people have a right to equal protection under law, all while believing that God is Triune.

I shouldn’t have to note that. But on occasion one encounters a protestation that economic conservatives have abandoned the Gospel of Jesus Christ for some other gospel, variously named by the accuser. This would be like accusing someone of abandoning the Gospel of Jesus Christ for the Gospel of 2+2=4. All truth is God’s truth.

Cord Hamrick


Cord Hamrick is a husband and father of three, raised an evangelical Christian in Southern Baptist churches. After years of lurking, questioning, and eventually opining in the Catholic blogosphere, he was received into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil, 2010. Cord is a sometime church musician, former praise-and-worship bandleader, frequent songwriter and arranger, occasional guitar teacher, and -- because one really must somehow pay the bills -- a developer of web-based software applications. He lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife and three kids.

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