The Eagle and Child: S1E3 – “The Law of Human Nature”

Symbol of law and justice in the empty courtroom, law and justice concept.

In today’s episode we begin Book I of “Mere Christianity”, which is entitled “Right and wrong as a clue to the meaning of the universe”. In this book, C.S. Lewis builds an argument for the existence of God based upon the idea that there is a Moral Law.

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Episode 3: “The Law of Human Nature” (Download)


— Show Notes —

* My outline and notes for the Chapter 1 are available here.

* A correction from our episodes on the Preface! I had previously attributed a saying to the Preacher to the Papal Household, Raniero Cantalamessa, but it turns out to originally come from Paragraph 20 of the Second Vatican Council document, Ut Unum Sint: “This is what Pope John XXIII believed about the unity of the Church and how he saw full Christian unity. With regard to other Christians, to the great Christian family, he observed: ‘What unites us is much greater than what divides us'”

* The beer we were drinking this week as we recorded was Blue Moon.

* In this episode, I mentioned Godwin’s Law, which states that “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler increases”.

* The other C.S. Lewis book which is mentioned in this chapter is The Abolition of Man. In this work, Jack argues that there is a common morality found across cultures and throughout time, which he calls the “Tao”. In the appendix of that book, he provides evidence for this claim.


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