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Christian Morality: Our Response to God’s Love

A Look at Moral Law

Part 1

Review article 5, “Eternal Law,” and article 6, “Natural Moral Law,” in the student book. Then mark each statement as true (T) or false (F).

1. ________ Eternal Law is always true and unchanging.

2. ________ Human beings can fully understand and appreciate Eternal Law through the use of reason alone.

3. ________ Moral law is an expression of Eternal Law.

4. ________ Conscience is a gift of God to help us know moral law.

5. ________ Because of the gift of free will, we are not obliged to follow moral law.

6. ________ Only Church law has its basis in Eternal Law.

7. ________ Conscience prompts us to do good and to avoid evil.

8. ________ Moral truth is subjective, meaning we are free to decide what is right or wrong.

9. ________ The Commandments were created at the beginning of time.

10. ________ Moral law may be applied to new historical situations by the Magisterium of the Church.

11. ________ Obeying moral law decreases human freedom.

12. ________ Natural law is a part of human nature and does not depend on any religion.

13. ________ The Golden Rule is an example of moral law that is common to all great world religions.

14. ________ Just civil laws reflect natural law.

15. ________ To be moral is to be fully human.

16. ________ Natural laws are applicable to a particular time and place.

17. ________ We are not responsible for our failure to follow natural moral law.

18. ________ Natural law allows for the development of civil laws that everyone can agree to regardless of faith or religion.

19. ________ The Church’s social teaching relies on reason and natural law.

20. ________ All persons have an instinct to be in right relationship with God, other people, the world, and themselves.

Part 2

You will work in pairs. Each pair will be assigned either statements 1 through 10 or statements 11 through 20. For your assigned statements, do the following three things:

1. Revise three false statements so they become true statements.

2. Illustrate three true statements with specific examples of why each statement is true.

3. Highlight one passage in the readings that adds to your understanding of moral law. Be prepared to share the passage you have chosen in class discussion.

© 2012 by Saint Mary’s Press

Living in Christ Series Document #: TX001797

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