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Sociological BeginningsThe First Conference of the German Society for Sociology$
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Christopher Adair-Toteff

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237990

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314100

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Stoic-Christian Natural Law and Modern Profane Natural Law1

Stoic-Christian Natural Law and Modern Profane Natural Law1

(p.110) Stoic-Christian Natural Law and Modern Profane Natural Law1
Sociological Beginnings

Ernst Troeltsch

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents a lecture by Troeltsch regarding the helpful effects that questions devised with sociological principles can have on a particular historical subject: the evolution of natural law and Christian natural law. Troeltsch related the topic by defining the concept of Natural law, the notion of an ethical natural law out of which all legal and social rules and institutions emerge, and then traced the evolution of Christian natural law. In defining the notion, Troeltsch moved to the question on how the Church evolved its liaison to non-Christian facts and ideals of social life, and the answer he stated comes through the development of the concept of Christian natural law and through the conquest of all those elements with the aid of that natural law.

Keywords:   natural law, Christian natural law, sociological principles, Calvinism, social life, the Church

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