Last year for Independence Day I posted a short essay on natural rights. Considering the importance of understanding this fundamental concept, I thought it prudent to repost the same essay for this Independence Day. – Victor Morris
On this Independence Day we celebrate the 241st birthday of our country. As we reflect on our history and heritage, let us also reflect on how our nation came to be, and the values underlying its founding. Indeed, let us consider the principle concepts that guided our Founding Fathers in creating this nation. As men grounded in an essentially Christian worldview, with a tradition of Judeo-Christian ethics and philosophy, these great statesmen were committed to the idea of liberty. And for them, liberty was not something that must be established by men. Indeed, it was just the opposite. Liberty was a God-ordained and God-given right of every human being. It was not a human creation at all. It was wholly divine in origin. Continue reading →
One of the bedrock foundations of our republic is the concept of religious freedom. It is basic to everything we believe. It was considered divinely-ordained right by our Founding Fathers. It was codified and guaranteed to us in our Bill of Rights. Yet, religious expression and liberty of conscience is increasingly coming under attack. Consider a few examples…
The Fire Chief of Atlanta, Kelvin Cochran, self-published a book that briefly mentioned biblical teaching regarding non-marital sexual relations, including homosexuality. He was not claiming to state official policy of the Atlanta Fire Department. He was simply stating his personal beliefs. For this “offense” he was first suspended, then fired from his job. Continue reading →
It is not often that I am draw to the field of political science. For me, that is basically like eating liver—it might be good for you, but it is not very palatable. So it was with a great deal of surprise that I discovered (and thoroughly enjoyed) The Founder’s Key by Larry P. Arnn. Arnn, president of Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, is a professor of politics and history. As P. J. O’Rourke says in his endorsement of this book: “The Founder’s Key is not just brilliant but—in a shock to political science—a pleasure to read.” And indeed, it is a pleasure to read this very important book.
Did I say important? Well, I meant it. This is one of those books that you really wish everyone would read. In a culture that has both forsaken and forgotten the very principles and ideals that our nation was built upon, this book offers insight into how it might just be possible to find our back—at least in the governmental and political sphere. The basic thesis of the book is this: Our rights and freedoms are codified in the both the Declaration and the Constitution together. Continue reading →