By Kevin Seamus Hasson
“The conventional position,” writes Hasson, “is that our primary human rights—including these secured by way of the 1st Amendment—are endowed to us via the writer and that it might be perilous to allow the govt ever to repudiate that point.” the USA has steadfastly taken the placement that there's a excellent Being who's the resource of our rights and the writer of our equality. It has repeated that time for good over 2 hundred years all through all branches and degrees of government.
by no means brain, says the secularist problem. God is, to place it mildly, non secular. faith has no position in govt. So God has no position in executive. It’s simply that easy.
yet for the govt to assert there's no writer who endows us with rights, Hasson argues, “is to do greater than easily tinker with essentially the most well-known one-liners in background; it's to alter the start line of our entire clarification of who we're as Americans.”
He proposes an answer directly from the founding: the govt recognizes the lifestyles of God who's the resource of our rights philosophically yet now not religiously. this concept of the “Philosophers’ God” is a notion of God dependent now not on religion yet on cause. Hasson means that via spotting the excellence among the writer of the statement of Independence and the God of our religion traditions, we are able to flow previous the tradition wars over faith that experience plagued the country.
In Believers, Thinkers, and Founders, Hasson examines the belief of the “Philosophers’ God” whereas taking a look at a bunch of issues—including the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer at public occasions, and prayer in public schools—as he demonstrates how we will nonetheless be one state below God.
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Believers, Thinkers, and Founders: How We Came to Be One Nation Under God by Kevin Seamus Hasson