Equity, Natural Law, and Common Grace

Paul Helm

in John Calvin's Ideas

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199255696
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602429 | DOI:
Equity, Natural Law, and Common Grace

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Takes up again the question of our natural knowledge of God. Is there for Calvin a natural knowledge of God's law? Was Calvin a Divine Command Theorist in ethics? It is argued that he was not, except in possibly a rather secondary sense, but that he broadly followed the contours of the mediaeval natural law outlook. However he is less sanguine than, say, Aquinas, on how much natural law delivers without the help that Scripture gives. It is argued that there is no incompatibility between what he says on natural law and equity and his emphasis on 'common grace'.

Keywords: common grace; Decalogue; Divine Command Theory; equity; natural law

Chapter.  21666 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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