The Proper Role of Government: The Real Meaning Of The Separation Of Church And State

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The Real Meaning Of The Separation Of Church And State

I support the doctrine of separation of church and state as traditionally interpreted to prohibit the establishment of an official national religion. But I am opposed to the doctrine of separation of church and state as currently interpreted to divorce government from any formal recognition of God. The current trend strikes a potentially fatal blow at the concept of the divine origin of our rights, and unlocks the door for an easy entry of future tyranny. If Americans should ever come to believe that their rights and freedoms are instituted among men by politicians and bureaucrats, then they will no longer carry the proud inheritance of their forefathers, but will grovel before their masters seeking favors and dispensations – a throwback to the Feudal System of the Dark Ages. We must ever keep in mind the inspired words of Thomas Jefferson, as found in the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” (P.P.N. S., p.519)

Since God created man with certain unalienable rights, and man, in turn, created government to help secure and safeguard those rights, it follows that man is superior to the creature which he created. Man is superior to government and should remain master over it, not the other way around. Even the non-believer can appreciate the logic of this relationship.

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2 responses to “The Proper Role of Government: The Real Meaning Of The Separation Of Church And State

  1. nhiemstra

    Interesting point . . . but it doesn’t negate that we are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

  2. John Locke, J.S. Mill, David Hume, and Jeremy Bentham, among others, were the ones who formulated the political philosophies that led to natural rights. Natural rights comes from utilitarianism, legal positivism, and social contract theory. What the Christian philosophers like Aquinas came up with was natural law. Natural law and natural rights are completely different.

    Jefferson and Madison subscribed to natural rights, not natural law.

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