In my last post I proposed the idea that we need to shift the frame of discussion in the Christian Nation debate from the one preferred by both extremes in the "Culture Wars" to one that actually has a chance of getting to the truth. This can be done by simply asking the right question:
What role did Christian principles play in helping to shape the founding of America.This as opposed to the current question that centers around the silly idea of trying to find out which Founders were or were not "Christians". This is silly for two reasons. One is that it misses the entire point of understanding the founding by focusing on the religious views of the founders instead of the origin of the ideas they used to build a nation. The second is that it is an unanswerable question that only muddies the waters.
Simply put, the key to finding the truth about what it means to "get back to the Constitution" is to avoid the extremes of the "Cultures Wars". Furthermore, one has to understand that without an understanding of the Declaration of Independence and inalienable rights it is impossible to even begin to discuss the foundations of the form of government our Founders created to protect them. It is with this in mind I began to present excerpts from the book Defending The Declaration by Gary Amos. A book that hits on the same general theme that David Barton does minus the bad history and extremism.
With that stated, here is another excerpt from Amos where he is explaining that law was at the center of Jefferson's thoughts. This is because he had to make a legal case as to why the colonies had the right to declare independence from the King:
The words laws of nature and of nature's God in the Declaration of Independence may be the most misunderstood words in American legal history. It was a legal phrase for God's law revealed through nature and his moral law revealed in the Bible. Yet many people think that the phrase is un-Christian or even anti-Christian. They think by using he phrase, Jefferson and the founders rejected a Christian approach to law and founded America on an anti-Christian idea.
Amos goes on to discuss 5 reasons that people give as proof that the phrase "The Laws of Nature and Nature's God" is non-Christian. I will save that for my next post. Here I want to ask people if they think the phrase is Christian or non-Christian and why? "Why" being the key to the question because I am not sure many that are involved in the "Getting Back To The Constitution" movement have ever thought about it...