What we believe: natural law

Posted by: Phineas on November 7, 2010 at 11:02 am

Bill Whittle continues his series of video essays on modern American conservatism, this time considering the topic of Natural Law and its distinction from Political Law, and when the former requires us to fight the latter. This has always been an obscure topic for me, even though it’s central to our essence as a nation, as shown by this one sentence 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.

Whittle does an excellent job explicating this, and I urge people who want to understand the ideas behind the Founding to watch.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. Dennis Bennett says:

    In this segment, Mr.Whittle massacres natural law when he divorces it from the Creator Who “endows us with certain unalienable rights”. From Hippias to Kant natural law has been defined as a body of principles (ethical precepts, just laws, sound political institutions) as DIVINELY implanted endowments into the human nature. an infusion if you will. To speak of this as coming only from the human experience contradicts the Euro=American culture, pregnant with God-fearing values and beliefs, who wrote “endowed by their Creator.” Divorcing God from the very original fabric of our beginnings is irresponsible and the Progressive’s best tool.