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Morality - Moral Law
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Part of Morality:

1. Concept

2. Moral Law

3. Duty

When we think of the moral law, we are led to ask what is the force of the word “law” in this context. Originally law (Greek νόμος, Latin lex) was an ordinance (command) directed to the wills of the citizens, regulating their lives as a community and claiming their strict adherence while leaving it possible for them to disobey (enacted, “practical” Jaw). Later the notion of God, who as supreme power orders and directs not only the lives of all men, but also the entire universe (ОТ, S…

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Hans Remer, “Morality - Moral Law”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 03 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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