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The Covenant-Inspired Principle of Federalism in the U. S. Constitution

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

When the United States became an independent nation following the American Revolution, the American colonies formed a confederation of states under the Articles of Confederation of 1781.  The Articles joined together the new states and created a weak central government with little authority in which the states held most of the power.  However, by 1787, […]

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 Principles of Limited Government and Separation of Powers in the U. S. Constitution

Friday, July 24th, 2020

When the American Founders wrote the United States’ Constitution of 1787, they created a new form of government for the nation based on early Americans’ philosophical beliefs about mankind.  Most early Americans held a philosophical worldview—in line with the Bible—that mankind is fallible and, therefore, that civil government is necessary to restrain man’s evil in […]

The Principle of Popular Sovereignty–the People’s Rule–in the U. S. Declaration and Constitution

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

When founding the United States, the American founders adhered to the philosophical, governing principle of popular sovereignty, or the people’s rule.  Popular sovereignty is the idea that political power resides with the whole people of a community or state—not with any particular person, group, or ancestral line.  The modern, Western conception of this idea was […]

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 […]

Divine Providence in the Declaration

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 […]

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