LONANG Institute

Laws of Nature and Nature’s God

LONANG is an acronym for the Laws Of Nature And Nature’s God, a phrase first used in the U.S. Declaration of Independence, 1776. The phrase is also a plural contraction; a somewhat shorthand way of saying “the law of nature and the law of nature’s God.”

But the concepts embodied in the phrase didn’t originate with Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration. The law of nature was a common term used by historic legal writers such as Grotius, Burlamaqui, Blackstone and others. The law of nature’s God, a lesser used term, was more commonly called the divine law, or the revealed law, meaning the laws of God revealed in verbal form. So what are these laws, and what can be known about them? This is what we want to explore…

LONANG Library

Historic Reference Works
Significant writings in the natural law tradition from Europe and America

Organic Legal Documents
Fundamental legal documents in English and American history

LONANG Commentaries

Legal Foundations
Fundamental laws and legal institutions from a biblical perspective

Constitutional Law
The covenantal law of the U.S. according to the worldview of the framers

A Basic Curriculum
Bringing basic LONANG principles and legal education into the modern era

“When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.”
- Declaration of Independence (1776)