The Moral Order Of Natural Law Essay

916 Words Dec 4th, 2016 4 Pages
St. Thomas Aquinas believes that a law is nothing other than an ordinance of reason to show that the law is for the common good, and it is executed by one that cares for the community, and that it must also be clear to those that are under that law (Adams 85). Law is said to bind one to act; therefore, a law is a rule and measurement of acts by which one is either induced to act or restrained from acting (Adams 85). Aquinas discusses four laws; Eternal Law, Natural Law, Divine Law, and Human Law. Eternal law is God’s plan for the universe; natural law is what one ought to do or ought not to do; Divine Law is laws revealed in scriptures or religious writing; and Human Law is man-made. Aquinas states that laws that breaks the moral order of natural law are no longer legally valid and have become perversions of the law (Adams 63). Thomas Aquinas’ theory can be applied to creating international laws because as he states the objective of laws is to increase the beatitude, happiness, for the community. Treaties and alliances are created between countries to maintain peace and order; as well as, it is a preventive method to try and ensure that countries do not plunder each other. It is for the common good of the universe at large, and in order to guarantee the safety of their nation, leaders make alliances just in case. International law is concerned with protecting basic human rights, which are, life, freedom, and happiness. When international laws are being created, leaders…

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