Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue

May 7, 2015
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room Map

What is natural law and how does it function in the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions? Where are there points of tension or agreement? How, if at all, can natural law contribute to resolving contemporary disputes over religious freedom? 

Co-authors David Novak and Anver Emon explored these questions in a discussion on their book Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue (2014), also co-authored by Matthew Levering. In this work, each author examines the classical writings of his respective faith tradition and explores each faith’s contributions to natural law doctrine. These reflections are also brought into conversation with one another. The authors address points of contention that seem to divide the three faith traditions, while also discovering certain universal values that support natural law.

RFP Associate Scholar and Notre Dame professor Daniel Philpott served as a respondent. RFP Associate Scholar and University of Virginia professor John Owen moderated the discussion.

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