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American Revolution Debate: The Principle of Civil Covenants

Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Before and during the American Revolution, American colonists asserted several Bible-based reasons to support their revolutionary cause and independence from Britain.  One reason they justified resistance was based on their understanding and value of “civil covenants.” A civil covenant is an oath or solemn promise, often made before God as witness or guarantor, between the […]

The Pilgrims’ Mayflower Compact as Covenant

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

When the Pilgrims came to America, they landed in unchartered territory, in present-day Massachusetts.  Realizing they were outside England’s chartered bounds, some non-Pilgrims or “strangers” on board the Mayflower talked of leaving the group and venturing out on their own.  But the Pilgrims had selected every man on the trip according to his particular skills. […]

The Bible-Inspired Influences on the U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Following the American Revolution and the birthing of the United States, the American Founders undertook the task of creating a new body of laws and a new civil government for the new nation.  This agreed-upon set of laws became the United States’ Constitution of 1787.  Russell Kirk elaborates in his 1991 The Roots of American […]

Gen. George Washington and the Continental Army rely on God in the American Revolution

Friday, October 11th, 2019

When the early American colonies sought to gain freedom and independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution in the mid-late 1700s, many colonists believed that their cause was just and, therefore, that God would favor and help them in the war.  Indeed, many found moral strength and courage to fight because of their faith […]

America’s Founding: “With a Firm Reliance on the Protection of Divine Providence”

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

During the American Revolution, when the American Founders wrote the Declaration of Independence to form the new nation of the United States, they included principles in the document that characterized America’s founding philosophy.  One of these principles was the idea of God as “Divine Providence.”  The Founders concluded the Declaration by stating, “For the support […]

The Influence of Locke and Sidney on the American Revolution

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

Early Americans of the American founding era drew from the best moral and political ideas in Western Civilization, expressed by various European and American thinkers, to support the American cause of freedom and the founding of a new, independent nation.  In particular, the American Founders and revolutionaries acknowledged the strong influence, during the time of […]

The American Right of Revolution

Friday, August 16th, 2019

An important right asserted by early American colonists during the American founding era and acknowledged in the U. S. Declaration of Independence of 1776 was the people’s right to revolution, the right to resist tyranny and unjust oppression.  Tyranny may be generally understood as the unauthorized use, application, or exercise of power or making of […]

The American Social Contract

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

The formation of the United States of America as a new nation was made possible by the principle and practice of social contracts.  Social contracts or compacts are voluntary civil agreements of mutual obligation among a people or between a people and their governors for political purposes, usually to create a civil state with a […]

The History of Thanksgiving Day in America

Monday, November 12th, 2018

The First Thanksgiving in America The Protestant Reformation of the 1500s had given rise to a devout group of Christians in England in the 1600s who called for reform of the Church of England.  Though the church implemented some reforms during this time, some Christians did not believe its reforms went far enough.  The “Puritans,” […]

The American Quest for Self-Government

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

For a century in the new world, in the 1600s and early 1700s, the American colonies had enjoyed much freedom to govern themselves, with little interference or oversight from Britain.  But in the mid-1700s, King George III began to impose more intrusive, oppressive taxes and policies on the colonies.  Fearing that their hard-won freedoms would […]

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