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  • 1. Natural Law – The Primary and Secondary Precepts By the end of this lesson you will: •Know and be able to repeat the primary and secondary precepts • Consider the applications of the primary and the secondary precepts on modern day life • Familiarise yourself with the assumptions with Aquinas’ primary precepts
  • 2. Primary Precepts• In pairs, discuss your primary precept and how it might relate to a God given purpose.• Where do we see examples of the precept either in society or in laws?
  • 3. Secondary Precepts• Read the passages and link them with a primary precept. What does this passage tell us about Aquinas’ primary precepts?
  • 4. Key Words Test• 1) Absolutism If you got: • 5 – Brilliant, pat• 2) Aquinas yourself on the back • 4 – Well done, you• 3) Natural Law have obviously revised • 3 – Good effort• 4) Virtuous • 2 – More revision required• 5) 4 laws • 1 – Much more revision required
  • 5. Assumptions• All people seek to worship God• God created the universe and the moral law within it• Every individual has a particular purpose• Since moral law comes from God, all humans should obey it• Human nature has remained the same since all creation
  • 6. Reading• Hughes G, Natural Law
  • 7. Learning Check By the end of this lesson you will: •Know and be able to repeat the primary and secondary precepts• Consider the applications of the primary and the secondary precepts on modern day life• Familiarise yourself with the assumptions with Aquinas’ primary precepts