What Is LONANG?
A. Basic definition
LONANG is an acronym for the Laws Of Nature And (of) Nature’s God. As in the Declaration of Independence, 1776. But it didn’t originate with Jefferson. See Blackstone, Grotius, and others. LONANG is also a plural contraction; a somewhat shorthand way of saying “the law of nature and the law of nature’s God.”
B. Law of Nature
There are two basic conceptions of the universe: a) information and organization accumulated and grew over time through the operation of merely natural forces; or b) information and organization were invested into the universe from the beginning by a Creator. Lonang assumes the second choice. No, we’re not going to argue about creation vs. evolution. Lonang simply assumes creation. It wasn’t my idea, don’t blame me for it.
Yes, historically, the law of nature was also often called natural law. Yes, they are the same – and no, they are not. It depends on the author and the text. But here law of nature means laws put there by a Creator, not merely laws that happen to occur in nature. And we’re talking about laws of human conduct, not just physical laws. Yes, I can back it up historically.
C. Law of Nature’s God
Or, as Blackstone, Grotius and others called it – divine law, or revealed law. As in the Bible. Yes, that one. No, other scriptures, holy books and texts were never (in Western thought) considered to be sources of the divine law. Again, it wasn’t my idea – I’m just working with what I’ve got, OK?
[D]ivine providence . . . in compassion to the frailty, the imperfection, and the blindness of human reason, hath been pleased, at sundry times and in diverse manners, to discover and enforce its laws by an immediate and direct revelation. The doctrines thus delivered we call the revealed or divine law, and they are to be found only in the holy scriptures. [Blackstone, 1 Commentaries *42.]