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Sources of Constitutional Principles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Friday, 30 September 2011 08:20

 

The Larger Historical Context

The Norman Conquest, the War of Roses, the Glorious Revolution; the Civil Wars of the 1640's, the 18th Century debates and conflicts about what are the rights of Citizens and, of course, the 150 year relationship between the Colonies and England and specifically the growing conflict with the Crown over the Rights of the English Citizens who were the Colonists during that period.  Our Constitution and its origins can not be understood apart from all this English History. Other Landmarks include-

The Charter of Liberty 1100 (also called the Coronation Charter) forerunner of Magna Carta

"The Charter of Liberties was a landmark document. What is more important, no barons were known to participate in its creation. The Charter of Liberties was entirely the fruit of the activity of the church in opposing Henry I’s brother William who abused his royal power. Upon his coronation, Henry presented the Charter. It started with (this) clause:

'Know that by the mercy of God and the common counsel of the barons of the whole kingdom of England I have been crowned king of said kingdom; and because the kingdom had been oppressed by unjust exactions, I, through fear of God and the love which I have toward you all, in the first place make the holy church of God free. .'  The church was not the only beneficiary of freedoms. All the liberties we know today as indispensable for a free society were included in it. A Christian society was a free society, and the Church of Jesus Christ was there to assure that Christian liberty was protected.' "

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Limited Government & Freedom PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 10:23

Unlimited God and Fallen Human Nature Means Limited Government

GOD is Sovereign.  He has the freedom and power to do anything He wills. Though transcendent and without personal limits, God is also immanent and involved in all that happens in the world He has made which is limited.  Our Political views must begin with this Truth of God's Sovereignty. If we do begin there, we realize that Government must be limited and not allowed to be as "god" in the lives of anyone.

Although we are all created by God and in His Image, we human are seriously flawed. For one thing, our will is in bondage to a "Sin" within.  Note the capital letter.  All humans are born under the control of an internal and irresistible drive [Sin] that compels them to sin against God, others and themselves.  This Doctrine about Human Nature has political ramifications.  It too requires limits or restraints on people and on human-run Government.

Trust in unlimited Government and belief in the right of personal, unlimited freedom for all People is evidence of faulty, inadequate and unbiblical views of both God and Humans. Those views are what lies behind the ongoing "progressive" revision and interpretation of the Constitution. 

In spite of spiritual bondage to Sin, Freedom is a major value pursued by human beings everywhere.  All people long to be "free". We seem to value "freedom" above all else, The most important thing Americans believe about our Military is that they give their lives to secure our Freedom or Liberty.

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Finding the answer to the Question: Is America a Christian Nation? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Wednesday, 21 September 2011 09:30

 

I have been seeking an answer to the Question: "Is or was America a Christian Nation?"  I thought the answer would come from simply gathering historical data.  But I have found that the answer does not depend primarily on historical research or material.  It turns out that Facts alone do not lead to the answer.  Interpretation of the facts does and there are many interpretations. They, in turn, are greatly influenced or determined by a priori bias or presuppositions brought to the interpretive task by scholars and students. Therefore the big Question has different answers, depending on whom you read and believe.  As of now, 9-11- I have come to the following observations, but this Study is a work in process.

Secularists or Naturalists reject out right any influence or contribution of Religion, let alone Christianity, to the American Revolution or to its antecedent Declaration of Independence.  God simply has nothing to do with History!  Period.  There are only natural and secular and human causes or factors to the unfolding of historical events.  That is their presupposition, the bias which guides their interpretation of all facts in the Story. Their answer to our Question is "No, of course not!"  Being a Christian, I do believe God is very active in all History, including US History!

However, I have found Christians fall into various camps as they approach the subject.  My study these last few months has convinced me that the valid argument for the answer of "Yes" (or a qualified "Yes") to the Question requires a Scholar to accept Calvinism, Natural Law and Theonomy [not Theocracy!].  Without these conditions, I do not think at this point that the case for "Yes" can be validly made.  The following are the 5 Major "Christian" schools of thought about the Question.

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Is America a Christian or a Biblical Nation- Part 2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Sunday, 14 August 2011 21:03

All Political Theories are  ultimately based on Ideology or Philosophy.  There is one exception: For the Biblical Christian, Political Theory begins with Theology. It does not begin with Secular Ideology or Secular Philosophy. And Theology begins with "Theo", with God. And the ultimate Truth about God is that He is Sovereign. All authority in heaven and earth belongs to God. The Kingdom and the power and the glory all belong to Him.  God is involved with everything that happens and controls it according to His will and purposes which nothing can derail.  This Doctrine that God is Sovereign has great fundamental consequences for Political Theory. It means no Government is sovereign. It means the People are not sovereign. "Government of the people, for the people and by the people" is not a Biblical concept. Government is of God, He ordained it. Government is for God, it exists to serve Him on earth.  We start here in developing Political Theory and practice. 

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Is America a Christian or a Biblical Nation? --Part l of Series PDF Print E-mail
Written by Calvin Fox   
Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:28

In the 17th Century, besides the English, the French, Spanish and Dutch had settlements in some Northern, Southern and far Western regions of what is now the United States. But for all this ethnic and religious diversity, working backward from today, the dominant or mainstream political and social Foundations of the United States trace primarily to New England and the Protestant Colonists who settled in Massachusetts (not, for example, to Roman Catholic settlements in Florida, California or Maryland) and back through them to England and then to Europe. 

The first of those Colonists were predominantly Pilgrims and Puritans, coming out of the Church of England.  These groups had their difference, but they were Calvinists (not today's Evangelicals).  Later other Protestants arrived (Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Quakers) as well as Roman Catholics and Jews.  Of course, there non-religious people, too.

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