This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Natural law

In every created thing there is an inclination, impressed upon the very substance of the creature, drawing it toward certain ends. These ends are the mark of what the eternal law demands of that specific nature. It follows logically that this law will be different for each nature, depending on the end toward which the eternal law directs it. Man, for example, has divine beatitude for his end, whereas animals and vegetable life do not. And so, the inclinations of each will vary. When we obey this law which is “written on our natures,”[1] we obey the law of our nature—our natural law. Because this natural law is really just the eternal as it pertains to us as men, then it is true that when we obey it we are participating in the eternal law. This is why it is said that the natural law is derived from and never contradicts the eternal law.[2]

[1] ST I-II, q. 94, a. 6.

[2] ST I-II, q. 91, a. 2.

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