What is LONANG?


LONANG is an acronym for the Laws of Nature and (of) 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 Jefferson. 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 our task . . .
Cicero Denouncing Catiline

Justinian and His Court

The Trial of Queen Katharine
LONANG Library
•  Historic Reference Works
      Significant writings in the natural law tradition

•  Organic Legal Documents
      Anglo-American fundamental legal documents

LONANG Commentaries
•  Legal Foundations
      Fundamental laws and legal institutions

•  Constitutional Law
      In search of the law of republican government

•  A Basic Curriculum
      Basic legal principles and legal education

"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)