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  • Paperback: 411 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press; Rev Sub edition (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898707501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898707502
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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This book is a great introduction to how the Natural Law fits into Catholic philosophy.
The book is very well organized, with each question being independent of the other as much as possible without sacrificing relevance. The writing style is very good, the chronological orders of the questions are great, and the questions are common. Overall the book was great reading and the answers were good. I especially enjoyed Prof. Rice's talks about how the Catholic Church views man (as a relational creature), views the family in relation to the state, and her sexual ethics.
With all that said, there are some negatives that bring the book down from five stars to 3.5 stars. One negative being that this book was made more for the already Catholic who would like to know how the Natural Law fits into Catholic theology. It is much less a defense and understanding of the Natural law than it is an understanding of how the Natural law fits into Catholic philosophy, and certain Catholic teachings with regard to the natural law. When I received the book, I was looking more for a general understanding of the Natural Law, with emphasis on different schools of thought on the subject, and where they differ. I was also looking for systematic ways of applying the Natural Law in our everyday life. This was not given in much detail at all. The author relied too heavily on what the Catholic Church already teaches on certain topics, than on how I can arrive to that conclusion on my own reason. I would like to have seen the emphasis reversed.
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Charles E. Rice demonstrates his capability as a legal scholar in this great treatment of natural law. Not only is this book filled with great information on traditional natural law thinkers such as Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas, it is full of contemporary legal examples that concretize the discussion and bring natural law out of the abstract realm into our everyday lives.
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I am a student in Professor Charles Rice's Jurisprudence class at the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Prof. Rice's book is a great intro to the natural law. The concepts are immediately appealing in their simplicity and wisdom. His short text left me deeply inspired- I highly recommend!
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This is by far the best books I've ever read on the subject of the natural law. The Q&A format is very well suited to the subject and he asks all of the right questions to the point that you can anticipate them -- it really flows smoothly. I highly recommend the book for religious-minded law students who want an alternative to the prevailing modern law theories where God is absent from the discourse. Charles Rice does a very thorough, scholarly job with this book. Highly recommended.
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This book systematically adresses the natural law and develops a framework for applying it based on the centrality of Christ and the Church Magesterium. A must read for law students interested in learning about what the law ought to be, and why our legal system based on positivism is inadequate. Great book!
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This was a great book for someone like myself who is not a law student or lawyer. It lays out the basic sense of the church teachings on the most important issues of the day. And that's what the Natural Law is all about: what makes sense. Highly recommended.
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Charlie Rice's book is a wonderful review of how the natural law inspires and is related to Catholic teaching. I agree with Joe that it is not a basic presentation on natural law per se. But, that is clearly not what Charlie intended. To read this book is to come as close as possible as hearing this marvelous orator in person. I heard him speak on abortion once and it was a transcendent experience.
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Professor Rice provides an outstanding synopsis of the natural law, its sources, and importance in an easy to read format. This book is a "must read" for any serious student of the law.
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