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Friday, 30 September 2011 08:27

Secular Sources from which the Founders drew the Principles that are in the Constitution of 1787  and those that are in The Declaration of Independence, the Preamble and the first ten Amendments to the Constitution (Bill of Rights) - while secular, almost all of these Sources appeal to the Bible or the Teachings of the Church

Liber Ex Lege Moisi  (Book of the Law of Moses) by St. Patrick 432 AD
English Code of Laws by Alfred the Great - late 9th C
Magna Carta (Great Charter) 1215 drafted by Catholic Priest, Stephen Langton
Bible in English by John Wycliffe 1382
Writing of John Calvin 1536 as well as French, Scottish and English Calvnists
Admonition to England by John Knox 1554
Defense of Liberty by Samuel de Puffendorf 1579
Mayflower Compact 1620
Petition of Right 1628
Constitution of Connecticut (first complete)  by Thomas Hooker 1638
Bill of Rights (first) by Rev Nathaniel Ward 1641
Lex Rex by Samuel Rutherford 1644
British Act of 1679
English Bill of Rights 1689
Second Treatise on Civil Government by John Locke 1690
Status of Treason 1695 
The Spirit of Laws by Baron von Montesquieu 1748 (based on Locke)
and The works of  Henry de Bracton, Edward Coke, Thomas de Littleton et al

Sacred Sources from which the Founders drew Principles that are in the Founding Documents

Natural Law

Scripture

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