In several posts below,
we discussed the language
of the DOI and seemed
(to this writer at least) that
Liberty and other basic rights,
—according to the signers
of the DOI at least — are an
endowment that comes from a source above —or maybe"before" — the law, be they the 10 Commandments, The Magna Carta, or the US Constitution.
First, is there still any debate on this?
And second, if not, what exactly did the Founding
Fathers mean when they mentioned, Nature,
Nature's God, and their "Creator?"
We seem to have varying views on that, and
this hopefully is a good place to compare them.
For example, are we talking about the
God of Abraham here? Or the "monad" of Spinoza?
The framers were of course familiar with both
sets of ideas. So, was the language used specifically
vague so as to accommodate both philosophical/
theological systems of thought, in keeping with
the notion that later became the First Amendment
in the Bill of Rights.
Let's discuss. I'll might make a poll later
(as if the existence of God is subject to a vote...
Hmm... well... is it?)