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Unformatted text preview: One omniscient God created all races. This singular statement forms the basis for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. In it, he defends his call of nonviolent direct action using Thomas Aquinass natural law theory. Natural law theory is a reflection of Gods eternal law. God created mankind with specific ideals in mind, so any man-made laws must agree with Gods ideals. The arguments made in Kings letter have as their foundation Christian ethics and the very nature of God himself. Aquinass natural law theory applies to everything. It stems from an omnipotent Gods ideal for the universe. Human laws are to be established by natural laws which should directly reflect Gods eternal law. If human laws are set in this way, men have a moral responsibility to obey human laws, for these are just laws. In contrast, as King observes in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, human laws that contradict eternal law are unjust laws and an unjust law is...
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- Spring '07