Aquinas defined 4 types of Law that must be followed:

  •  Eternal Law: God creates everything and his will and wisdom is revealed to us through…
  • Divine Law: …the sacred text and the teachings of the Church, which are made known in…
  • Natural Law: …the innate human ability to know what is naturally right. From which…
  • …Human Law: develops; e.g. the law found within society – its legal systems.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RATIONALITY

As stated earlier Aquinas agreed with Aristotle that reason was what made humans unique. Aquinas believed this was a gift from God. He stated that humankind’s God-given purpose could be identified through the application of reason. Reason is the means by which we can identify our final cause and then choose to follow it or not.

‘The moral life is the life according to reason.’

 

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