One of the most helpful writers on natural law today is J. Budziszewski (pronounced BOOjee SHEFski), author of Written on the Heart: The Case for Natural Law (InterVarsity, 1997), What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide (Spence, 2003), Natural Law for Lawyers (Blackstone Fellowship, 2006), The Line Through the Heart: Natural Law as Fact, Theory, and Sign of Contradiction (Intercollegiate Studies Institute Press, 2009). You don’t have to agree with every jot and tittle to benefit from his work. (In my opinion, the most helpful introduction remains C. S. Lewis’ Abolition of Man.)

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6 thoughts on “A Conversation with J. Budziszewski on Natural Law and Natural Revelation”

  1. Daniel F says:

    There is an out-take at the end of the video about the pronunciation of the name :)

  2. Todd Moore says:

    Not that I would disagree with the idea of natural law, but use of Rom 2 to support the idea is doubtful. Unfortunately, it seems to have occurred to only a minority of interpreters that the work of the law “written on their hearts” is the internal governance of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of believing gentiles. It was those to whom Paul ministered who were fulfilling the righteous requirements of the law (Rom 8:4).

  3. I enjoyed this. While the jury is still out for me on some of what he talked about, Dr Budziszewski’s position closely aligns with my own thinking, particularly the extent to which God is evident in natural revelation. Given the ancient debate over the nature of the logos, I would say that although the Trinity is not revealed in nature, there are still some indication’s that the singular God may be more than one person. We get the whole picture in his special revelation, but plenty of gentiles before Christ apparently figured out at least that much without special revelation.

  4. rcjr says:

    Really? CS Lewis? I’m among the world’s biggest Lewis fans, and would hang an Abolition of Man poster in my bedroom, but the amazing this is that I love that little book so much despite really not caring for the last third. Am also a big fan of natural law, but Lewis, in my judgment, separated natural law from God Himself, positing it as something above God, making Him sub-lego. Do you think I’ve misunderstood him?

    1. Justin Taylor says:

      RC, you may be right on that. I’d have to go back and re-read it afresh. I was mainly thinking of the first half of the book.

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