Thursday, February 21, 2019

Chapter 1: The Law of Human Nature

I. Consciousness of a rule of correct behavior is nearly universal.
    A. The rule is similar throughout the world and history.
    B. Unlike physical nature, obeying the rule is voluntary.
II. People often do not follow the rule.
    A. The failure to follow the rule often produces claims of exception or excuse.
    B. Claims of exception and excuses underscore people's consciousness of the rule's existence and force.
III. These ideas are the foundation for understanding the moral universe.

Discussion questions: (pp. 3-8)

    1. What evidence have you observed for the existence of the Law of Human Nature? (pp. 3-5)
    2. How does the Bible treat the idea of Natural Law, as in, for instance, Romans 2:14-16?
    3. Is the Law of Human Nature fairly uniform across time and cultures? (pp. 5-6)
    4. We expect others to keep the law, but do we keep it? (pp.7-8) Why not? Does this agree with Paul’s experience in Romans 7:21-23?

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