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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Divine law & the Incarnation

Tonight EWTN featured Dr. Charles Rice, Professor Emeritus of Notre Dame Law School and Gubernator Ejectus of the Ave Maria School of Law, speaking on the Incarnation from a legal perspective. He made the very interesting point that the civil disobedience of the Magi, in defying Herod's order to return to him and report the whereabouts of the child Jesus, manifested one of the many changes in the world brought about by the Incarnation, namely, the legitimate appeal to a higher law in the face of absolutistism. The Magi, says Dr. Rice, broke the human law because they were told to by God...proving -- for any who might question its merit -- the importance of obeying divine law first and foremost. Although the themes are familiar to those of us lucky enough to have taken Dr. Rice's jurisprudence course, the example was new to me.

I also thought Dr. Rice did a great job choosing the wardrobe for the shoot.