See "Conscience-bound Beliefs" Rule and the "Conscience-bound-belief" Rule by John R. Stumme
1. John R. Stumme, "'Conscience-bound Beliefs' Rule and the 'Conscience-bound-belief' Rule," Journal of Lutheran Ethics (November 2010) 10:11.
2. In addition to the citations noted by Stumme, other brief introductory surveys of "conscience" and its history in the western theological tradition include Douglas Kries, The Problem of Natural Law (Plymouth, UK: Lexington Books, 2007), chapters 1–3; Eric D'Arcy, Conscience and Its Right to Freedom (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1961), pp. 1–48; Jeremiah Newman, Conscience Vs. Law (Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1971), pp. 1–89; Robert A. Greene, "Natural Law, Synderesis, and the Moral Sense," in Journal of the History of Ideas (April 1997) 58:2, pp. 173–198. For a fuller rendition of the history of "conscience" in the west, see Douglas Langston, Conscience and Other Virtues (State College: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996).
3. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, i.2, q. 94, a. I, ad 2.
4. Thomas Aquinas, Quaestiones disputatae de veritate, xvi. I.
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