PAPER NO. 24

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THE MORAL LAW

Universal, Perpetual, Total and Teleological

  1. Autonomy: disregarding what is clear about God and man and good and evil; determining the good as other than the knowledge of God through the work of dominion; original sin.
  2. Idolatry: any false view of God; likening the infinite, eternal, unchangeable Creator to the finite, temporal, changeable creature.
  3. Hypocrisy: self-deception and self-justification arising from not seeking and not understanding what is clear about God.
  4. Eschatology: hope that through the work of dominion the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
  5. Authority: authority is based on insight into the good and the means to the good. Authority is rational, not personal. Insight is historically cumulative.
  6. Human Dignity: man is the image of God, with the ability and responsibility to know what is clear to reason.
  7. Fidelity: spiritual fidelity to the good prevents ordinary infidelity, and the consequence of cultural decay.
  8. Property: the wealth of nations is from the use of talent in pursuit of the good.
  9. Equity: justice for all is from knowing and speaking all of the truth that is relevant.
  10. Serenity: contentment in the good prevents discontent with divine providence.

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