Ethics, Theology, and
The precepts of the law are these: To live honorably, to injure no other man, to render every man his due.
—INSTITUTES OF JUSTINIAN
Jurisprudence strives to bring order to the chaos of human behavior that arises whenever two or more persons live or work within proximity—an abstract system imposed over groups, nations, and other sociological systems to the point where it is also considered sociological. Actually, jurisprudence encompasses two distinct abstract systems: ethics and law. Ethical systems address human conduct but rely only on moral suasion or peer pressure. Reliance on moral suasion usually leads to anarchy; hence, legal systems codify portions of ethical perspectives, which can be enforced by executives. Over this, we find theological systems insofar as theology prescribes ethical behavior, and, in times past,