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Posted by on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 6:59am.

I reallyyy need help with this one question please---

2. What evidence in the Declaration of Independence is there of religious faith? How does this religious faith influence the ideals expressed in the Declaration?

I see some mentioning of religious faith in the first two paragraphs of the Declaration. Is that it? And if so, I still need help with the second part of the question...

Thanks
-MC

  • US History - , Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 9:49am

    Do you see evidence of religious faith in here? What is it exactly?
    "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

    Do you see evidence of religious faith in here? What is it exactly?
    "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, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
    What do you think the parts I've italicized (they aren't italicized in the original document) tell you about the beliefs of the writers?

    Do you see evidence of religious faith in here? What is it exactly?
    "We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence
    As with all Wikipedia search results, be sure to check out all the external links and further references at the bottom of each Wikipedia page.

    Also:
    http://christianity.about.com/od/independenceday/a/foundingfathers.htm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin

  • US History - , Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 12:31pm

    Thanks so much! That was great help. (:

    -MC

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