Folefarlce vpryttrless si n cerity horresty stodts

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"folefarlce, vpry$ttrless, si n cerity, horresty Stodts ltelievecl that nirtrrral lar,r, ities to rvhich reas()n clic-tzrtecl he rnight lirre in accordanr-e ic thinking's principal corltriltrrtion 'irre of n:rtrrrzrl lalv, it rvoulcl pelhaps be nlanliinrl as one trrother-troclcl. l[.lteV tate, otrtsicle the Einrpire alld s;lr,v the lvh<lle eing bound atrcl unitecl b), tlre brotherll, love natural lar,v enjoin ecl. Christianity The parallels between tlre tenets of Stoicisnr ancl the teaclrins of Christ. conle readily to mincl. Rut Clhristianity oflered an advantasc not urade available by Stoicism or ;lnv of the other relisi.iit competing to flll the plzrce left by the clecline of the old state religiorr of Rclrne. Stoicisrn taught that rnerr shorrltl love olle arlotller-, since this \,vas in accord lvitlr natur-e and thus \tras lllan's cluty. Chr"istianity taugtrt *'Love one another', zurd it:rdcled'arrd if you clcl, there is a bonus * life everl;rsting.' For the Stoic, death was the encl. The only r-er,varcl firr^ living a goocl life was to lre able to die in the knorvledge th;rt one hacl clone one's cltrry. For the Christian ttre rer,vard \{/as Ileaven: coupiecl rvith satisfaction of knowins that the sinner (arnong whor]l llo cloubt \\/er-e nulnbered one's enelnies) rvould suffbr the etenlal torrnents of Ftell. Christianity offer-ed a carrot. Ttre teachitg of Christ providecl a code of condrrct, but not a comprehensive theology" The creation of the latter- \,\ias the acconrplishment of'the Fathers of the early church, [rrincilxrlly St Augustine, St Ambrose ancl St Gregory. I'I:rvirrs been born irrto ttre Roman worlcl it was natrrral that these nlen shorrld reflec-t irr their rvritings aspects of the philosophies of Lll eece and ltorne that could be enlis[ecl to give inte]lerctrr;rl suppor t to the teilchings of the new chur"ch. Zr-'t Illicl, Rook B, 23. J
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66 Chapter 5 lt stands to reason The incot-por-ation of natural lalv into Christian theolog"y was Llccomplished at a later period, but when St Augustine wrot" 'If a lalv be unjust, it is no lawat all', tr\,e can see foreshadowed whatwas to corrte later: the iclea that if a man-nrade law conflicts with 'atural lal, .it is invalid. It is utrclers&rndable that nattrral law should be arnong the icleas of the pagan philosophies that became part of CSristiari teachi'g. The cloctrine lent itself readily to aclopiirrr. [Jnder t]re old i;;;r, tlatural larv had, if not forAristotle at any rate for sonle, been seen as being derivecl ultirnately frorn the Gods, ilr frcrrn the spirit frorn which the eai-th and the universe were in sonle way clerivea. tt leecled no great acljusttnent fbr the cloctrine to be incorporatecl ilto Christ.ian theolog,v. For was not the Christian god the architect of t5e u'iverse and all that lery r'vithin it, the creator of the natural orcler from the nature of which mat,, !y reason,- tlight cleduce those principles by rvhich, in pursuarlce of Gocl's lvill, hJ shoulcl conduct himselF The centr'al place attained by natural law by the tirne of the early N{iclclle Ages is
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