Bryan McGraw: "Carl Henry and Evangelical Antipathy Toward Natural Law"

Evangelicals have long had an ambivalent attitude toward natural law, perhaps best exemplified by Carl F.H. Henry’s scathing critique in which he blamed natural law arguments for all sorts of modern ills: subjectivism, relativism, nihilism, and so on. In recent years, that attitude has softened and a number of evangelical thinkers have begun to reconsider natural law’s moral and political potential. In this paper, I take up Henry’s more developed critique of natural law arguments and suggest that attending to the doctrine of creation, properly understood, shows why even Henry ought to have been more supportive of at least some forms of natural law, as should contemporary evangelical thinkers as well.