This book presents the teachings of the Catholic Church in her role as authoritative interpreter of the applications of the natural law on issues involving the right to life, bioethics, the family and the economy. Rice has produced a firmly grounded and accessible handbook which touches on the most important topics regarding natural law that will benefit readers of all backgrounds.
"I heartily endorse Professor Rice's book. This is just what we need today. It presents the answers to current day questions on why we should talk about natural law and why it is essential for today's jurisprudence. This is necessary for an understanding of the precarious directions of judicial decision in our time."
-- Fr. Michael J. Scanlon, T.O.R. (President, Franciscan University of Steubenville)
ADDRESSES IMPORTANT AND FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS SUCH AS:
- Does anybody really care about natural law?
- Isn't natural law just another Catholic dogma?
- Is the natural law the same for everybody?
- What is the "common good" that the human law is supposed to promote?
- What about animals? Don't they have rights?
- Isn't the bottom line the fact that the law should NOT legislate morality?
- Aren't natural law concepts part of the Constitution itself?
- So what if a man has a spiritual soul -- what difference does that make?
- Do you really claim that we can prove from reason alone that God exists?
- What does original sin have to do with our understanding of natural law?
- Where does Christ fit into the natural law picture?
- How can it be 'right' for the Pope to tell me what the natural law means? Don't I have to follow my own conscience?
- Is there really a right or wrong that is the same for everybody? Doesn't it depend on the person and situation?
- Why does the Church put so much emphasis on contraception? Why does the Church oppose it?
- Isn't natural family planning the same as contraception?
- How does the Magisterium apply the natural law to euthanasia?
- If the Church is so pro-life and wants children, why can't we use in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood, and other techniques, if necessary?
- and many more!