Quote of the Day: Who Defines Natural Law?

It is easy to say that there must be some standards that apply to all human cultures, and difficult to say exactly what those standards are. When people confuse their own experience with human experience in general, an appeal to natural law may make it easier for them to vilify those who are different from themselves, branding their actions or their culture s “unnatural,” and justifying persecution of those who fail to comply with the requirements of nature as the dominant group understands them. In the hands of an authority that claims exclusive knowledge of what is and is not”natural,” natural law easily becomes an instrument of abuse of oppression. (p48)

I am not opposed to saying that one culture’s morals and ethics are superior to another, but I think that the the urge to be oppressive is a very human one, and even if their is no urge, there is the passive stance to make it so. What do you think?

And, do you get what the author is saying about declaring one person ‘natural’ and the other not?

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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