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RAATH, Andries. The transformation of reformed natural law doctrine in Samuel Rutherford's Lex, Rex. Koers (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.80, n.4, pp.1-10. ISSN 2304-8557.

In addition to Rutherford's emphasis on core ideas of Reformed thought concerning God's ordination of civil government for His glory and equating divine law with natural law, he grounds both natural law and the limits to political authority in a covenant of creation between God and man. Flowing from these ideas, Rutherford distinguishes between the institution of the office (political government), and the designation of a person or persons to the office. A most important perspective emanating from Rutherford's covenantal natural law theory is his distinction between ends and means on secondary causation in the subject's involvement in political life. This essay investigates some of the implications flowing from Rutherford's transformation of Reformed natural law doctrine.

Palavras-chave : covenant; Lex; Rex; natural law; political government; Samuel Rutherford.

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