DTRT FAQs
Q. Your series comes at ethics from a Natural Law perspective. What is Natural Law?

A. Natural law or the "law of nature" has been described as a law whose content is set by nature and, therefore, is universal. Ancient Greek and Roman philosophers like Aristotle and Cicero theorized on it, and St. Paul referred to it in the Epistle to the Romans as the law that is written upon the heart of every human being (Rom 2, 14-16). God places it there from the very beginning, and so the person perceives the truth and the divine law itself. Another name for this is "conscience."

Q. Can you give me an example of where Natural Law was drawn upon effectively in recent times?

A. In many major human rights campaigns of the last generation, Natural Law was asserted successfully. Here in the United States, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used his theological understanding of Natural Law to decry the discriminatory laws against his race as illegitimate. Vaclav Havel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Nelson Mandela, in their own ways, each drew upon this same sensibility, citing a higher law than the one they were protesting in oppressive regimes in Eastern Europe and South Africa.

Further back in our own country's history, the Declaration of Independence stated unequivocably that we are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. These rights are not granted by the government and can't be taken away legitimately by government. They are present beforehand, gifts of God, and are part of our hardwiring as human beings.

Q. Can this product be purchased anywhere else?
A. The Premium Group Study Kits and Premium Family Kits are available exclusively through the Colson Center and our partners (http://www.doingtherightthing.com/general-partners).  The kits have been specifically designed and packaged as a premium offering.  These Premium Kits include an exclusive Leaders Guide, the set of 6 DVD’s in an attractive Deluxe Amaray Keepcase and a Participants Guide(s).  Your support of this product allows us to provide resources to restore ethics that are being used by today’s leaders in Business, Christianity and Education.  You also support the continued development of Ethics resources in the US and around the world by the Colson Center.

Q. What makes the Natural Law ethic special? Why should it be the standard for ethics in the 21st century?
A. Natural Law asserts that we all have common ground as individual human beings, no matter where we live, how we were reared. While several factors no doubt produce many differences among us, those differences do not erase our essential value as we each are a child made in the image of God. As image bearers of God, we also have been imbued with the ability to reason, to discern right from wrong with that reason.

In short, we each possess conscience, a gift from God. Some irreducible aspects of right and wrong result, which we all know by the the time we are adults. This common ground - as image bearers of God and possessors of conscience - give us a platform to establish a standard for ethics in our culture today and in all generations. Once this standard is accepted again, as it was before, we will be better able to discern solutions for professional and personal challenges as they come to us today--both across our country and, in time, around the world.

Q. Why is the Colson Center involved in this project? Why is it such a priority for you?
A. As a Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon, a  prison reformer, and the leader of a national non-profit organization, Chuck Colson has been an eyewitness to the need for a resurgence of ethics in some or our most important areas of modern culture: politics, government, the justice system, higher education, and large corporations. As a result, he has led this effort to bring together some of America's best academic and business minds to reflect on how to restore an ethical standard again in American cultural and professional life, one based on Natural Law.

Can this product be purchased anywhere else?
The Premium Group Study Kits and Premium Family Kits are available exclusively through the Colson Center and our partners (http://www.doingtherightthing.com/general-partners). The kits have been specifically designed and packaged as a premium offering. These Premium Kits include an exclusive Leaders Guide, the set of 6 DVD’s in an attractive Deluxe Amaray Keepcase and a Participants Guide(s). Your support of this product allows us to provide resources to restore ethics that are being used by today’s leaders in Business, Christianity and Education.  You also support the continued development of Ethics resources in the US and around the world by the Colson Center.

Q. What makes the Natural Law ethic special? Why should it be the standard for ethics in the 21st century?
A. Natural Law asserts that we all have common ground as individual human beings, no matter where we live, how we were reared. While several factors no doubt produce many differences among us, those differences do not erase our essential value as we each are a child made in the image of God. As image bearers of God, we also have been imbued with the ability to reason, to discern right from wrong with that reason.

In short, we each possess conscience, a gift from God. Some irreducible aspects of right and wrong result, which we all know by the the time we are adults. This common ground - as image bearers of God and possessors of conscience - give us a platform to establish a standard for ethics in our culture today and in all generations. Once this standard is accepted again, as it was before, we will be better able to discern solutions for professional and personal challenges as they come to us today--both across our country and, in time, around the world.

Q. Why is the Colson Center involved in this project? Why is it such a priority for you?
A. As a Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon, a  prison reformer, and the leader of a national non-profit organization, Chuck Colson has been an eyewitness to the need for a resurgence of ethics in some or our most important areas of modern culture: politics, government, the justice system, higher education, and large corporations. As a result, he has led this effort to bring together some of America's best academic and business minds to reflect on how to restore an ethical standard again in American cultural and professional life, one based on Natural Law.