In the 16th and 17th centuries, indeed, from the 2nd century until the 20th century there was little question among Christians whether God has revealed his moral law in nature and in the conscience. In the 20th century, however, that verity came to be questioned and even rejected by many—even those who confess the Reformed faith. There were debates about how that law ought to be understood, applied, and related to the moral law revealed in Scripture. Calvin with the rest of the magisterial Protestants (e.g., Bucer, Zwingli, Luther, Melanchthon) identified the natural law with that moral law summarized in the decalogue (Ten Commandments). Thomas, by contrast, talked about the natural in broader terms with a more expansive place for reason and tradition. In the modern period, however, particularly under the influence of Karl Barth (1886–1968), skepticism about natural law has reigned. Part of the concern has been that natural law is a sub-biblical idea. David VanDrunen has addressed this problem in a new volume, Divine Covenants And Moral Order: A Biblical Theology Of Natural Law in which he lays out a biblical-theological case for natural law in the history of redemption.
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