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American Constitution: Is it primarily informed by the Enlightenment or by Christianity?

Discussion in 'General Political Discussion' started by public hermit, Dec 20, 2019.

  1. public hermit

    public hermit Well-Known Member Supporter

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    In undergrad, the thread title was the essay for the final exam of our Social and Political Philosophy class. I argued that the Constitution was primarily informed by the Enlightenment. I am curious what others think. Please, give reasons for the position you hold.
     
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  2. Al Touthentop

    Al Touthentop Well-Known Member

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    Since most of its contributors were Deists, not Christians, I'd have to go with the enlightenment.
     
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  3. JackRT

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    I agree with both the above but another important source was the Great Law of the Iroquois Nations.
     
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  4. SoldierOfTheKing

    SoldierOfTheKing Christian Spenglerian

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    Its historical model is the Roman Republic. Its content is derived largely from English Common Law. It could be said to be informed by Christianity insofar as English Common Law is, and that it arose from a Christian culture.
     
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  5. Kaon

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    It's a romanticism of the Enlightenment at best. It definitely wasn't Christian if we are being honest.
     
  6. Arcangl86

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    The structure of the federal government was based mostly on Montesquieu's work. So I would have to go with Enlightenment.
     
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  7. Tolkien R.R.J

    Tolkien R.R.J Well-Known Member

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  8. jayem

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    There were 55 delegates at the 1787 Constitutional Convention. They all made contributions, but the final form of the document was the work of James Madison. Who also wrote the Bill of Rights. Madison was strongly influenced by the Enlightenment philosophy, especially that of John Locke. As regards government and religion, Madison was a very strict separationist. Who opposed not only a publicly paid Congressional chaplain, but also paid chaplains for the military. He (along with Oliver Ellsworth of Connecticut) were major supporters of the no religious test clause in Article VI. Even though some states had laws establishing a state religion for a while, these were gone in the 19th century. And state laws requiring office holders to swear or affirm a belief in God were also voided by SCOTUS, based on Article VI.

    These all reflect liberal thinking of the Enlightenment. But Biblical values were also incorporated. The Constitution did not eliminate the ancient practice of one man owning another as a slave.
     
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  9. Rubiks

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    Eh for the most part the founding fathers were at least nominal Christians.

    To answer OP's question: the enlightenment.
     
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