Legal theorists are familiar with John Finnis's book Natural Law
and Natural Rights, but usually overlook his interventions in US
constitutional debates and his membership of a group of
conservative Catholic thinkers, the 'new natural lawyers', led by
theologian Germain Grisez. In fact, Finnis has repeatedly advocated
conservative positions concerning lesbian and gay rights,
contraception and abortion, and his substantive moral theory (as he
himself acknowledges) derives from Grisez. Bamforth and Richards
provide a detailed explanation of the work of the new natural
lawyers within and outside the Catholic Church - the first truly
comprehensive explanation available to legal theorists - and
criticize Grisez's and Finnis's arguments concerning sexuality and
gender. New natural law is, they argue, a theology rather than a
secular theory, and one which is unappealing in a modern
constitutional democracy. This book will be of interest to legal
and political theorists, ethicists, theologians and scholars of
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