The American Constitution: Why It Endures

A  little something to ponder on the day after Constitution Day:

September 17th is Constitution Day.


M.E. Bradford in “A Worthy Company” summarizes their religious views. He writes, “With no more than five exceptions (and perhaps no more than three) they [the 55 delegates] were orthodox members of established Christian communions: Approximately 29 were Anglicans, 16 to 18 Calvinists [Presbyterians and Dutch Reformed], two Methodists, two Lutherans, two Roman Catholics, one lapsed Quaker and sometimes Anglican, and one open Deist—Dr. Ben Franklin.”

But how can it be shown that the Constitution was shaped by biblical presuppositions? The single most important foundational doctrine in forming a civil government is what is called the “doctrine of man,” or the “doctrine of human nature.” Most of the Founders held to a biblical view that man is depraved, sinful and frail but, through Christ, capable of regeneration. That conventional Christian view of man was predominate among the Founders. Both James Madison and Alexander Hamilton used the term “depravity” to refer to man’s capability to do evil with political power (The Federalist, #37 and #78). Even Jefferson, the least orthodox of the Founders (who incidentally was not a delegate to the Constitutional Convention), said in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798: “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.” How was the Constitution shaped by that view of man?

Madison, in Federalist #51, which may be the most important commentary in American political history wrote, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

Source: The American Constitution: Why It Endures | Catholic Lane

Their genius is above all in writing a document that when fairly applied, provides the civil framework that keeps the government in its place. That is the fundamental corruption we are seeing now. One of application, not of prescription.

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7 Responses to The American Constitution: Why It Endures

  1. Yes, Amen! Mental and spiritual corruption is the great loss today, and how can a nation prescribe what it it does not know, and has lost? The moral reality is always connected to what Jesus called “spirit and truth”, i.e. Judeo and Christian! Sadly the West has also lost the culture of the depth of biblical literacy.

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  2. the unit says:

    Man, I won’t go into details about this week for me. I still breathing, heart beating, legs kicking and nobody keeping me alive to harvest my brain or whatever blood is coming out of.
    However I just read the post and link about what keeps Constitution enduring. There are many forces wanting to stop its breathing, stop heart beating, stop legs kicking and would like to deliver the brain or whatever to the mammon supposedly in charge.
    I think the side quote you had a few weeks ago by Calvin Coolidge best describes what we believe is best, which was inspired I think by God Himself. I don’t know anything about Calvin’s religious beliefs, but as is said God works in miraculous ways.

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  4. the unit says:

    This will be silly.
    That word “endure” made me think of this.
    There was a time Hollywood had upstanding people…Dan Duryea great actor married ’32 to ’67, ’til wife passing, he in ’68. I know you get it…Duryea, “endure.” 🙂
    And local past week here. Know same all over the country, those never heard of by most of us, but important.

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    • NEO says:

      The most important ones of all, I think. 🙂

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  5. the unit says:

    Who wants to be the new “Won?” The Pope? Just for fun.

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