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The natural law theory is a theory that dates back to the time of the Greeks and great thinkers like Plato and Aristotle Defined as the law which states that human are inborn with certain laws preordained into them which let them determine what is right and what is wrongBainton 174 This theory was them adapted by religious philosophers to fit the Christian religionBerkhof 114 This however was not exactly the same as the original The classical thinkers were the first to define the natural law Heraclitus in the sixth century BC specified one the components by saying for all human laws are nourished by one the divine This meant that a divine power determined a logic and gave to all humans Microsoft Encarta This definition put this law into direct conflict with positive laws Aristotle elaborated on the word natural in relation to law He said that a natural law was one that had the same validity for every one and situationBerkhof 268 An example of this would be that a man contemplating murder would see that it was wrong by his nature His reason would tell him that to kill another was unnatural and therefore wrong Cicero tries to determine what the actual law encompassed and he came up with the theory of Stoicism Stoicism is an interpretation of the natural law which states that every single person is a part of the universe that was created and is ruled by a divine power rationally To live rationally and with virtue according to the Stoics was to follow ones nature and reason Thus they deemed emotion and passion irrational and therefore unnatural For Stoics the wise would be those who excluded emotion and passion from their decision making processBainton 21-22 The great Christian philosophers came upon this theory and realized that it was compatible to their religion Probably the most famous of them was St Thomas Aquinas He stated in his Summa Theologiae
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