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The Declaration of Independence and God: Self-Evident Truths in American Law

The Declaration of Independence and God: Self-Evident Truths in American Law

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Owen Anderson
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 3/16/2017
EAN 9781107459045, ISBN10: 1107459044

Paperback, 216 pages, 23 x 15.3 x 1.3 cm
Language: English

'Self-evident truths' was a profound concept used by the drafters of the American Declaration of Independence to insist on their rights and freedom from oppressive government. How did this Enlightenment notion of self-evident human rights come to be used in this historic document and what is its true meaning? In The Declaration of Independence and God, Owen Anderson traces the concept of a self-evident creator through America's legal history. Starting from the Declaration of Independence, Anderson considers both challenges to belief in God from thinkers like Thomas Paine and American Darwinists, as well as modifications to the concept of God by theologians like Charles Finney and Paul Tillich. Combining history, philosophy and law in a unique focus, this book opens exciting new avenues for the study of America's legal history.

Introduction
1. Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine
2. The reformed influence on common sense philosophy
3. Common sense and self-evident in law
4. Intuition and the self-evident in law
5. Naturalism, Darwinism, the self-evident, and law
6. Revivalism, new religious movements, and law
7. Liberal theology and legal transformations
8. Secular and religious goods in the twentieth century
Conclusion.