Human Nature And The Declaration Of Independence



I would like to show that the view of human nature that is shown in The
Declaration of Independence is taken more from the Bible and that that view is
in disagreement with two of the three esays given in class. The Biblical
perspective of man is that he was created by a divine Creator with a specific
plan in mind and made in the image of his Creator. Men are entitled to the
pursuit of happiness but also required by the Laws of Nature and Nature's God to
be the just attendants of the land and of the governed. The Nature of man is
sinful so that they must be governed but those who govern must be accountable to
God just as the founding fathers were. God is Sovereign over men as the ...

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they also based their arguments on the
workings of governments of the time and contemporary theories of government of
writers and political-social thinkers of their time.

The three essays that were given to us in class, Politics by Aristotle,
Of Commonwealth by Thomas Hobbes, and Of the Limits of Government by John
Locke are all very intersting essays on how government is supposed to funtion.
Although the founding fathers probably read all three of these essays and
simialar philosphical thought went into the writing of The Declaration of
Independence I think that the only essay of the really used by the founding
fathers was Of the Limits of Government by John Locke. Unfortunately the
version of this essay given to us in class was truncated and consisted actually
of two different essays written by John Locke. . Thomas Hobbes [1588-1679] is
the founder of the theories of Hobbism which calls on absolute monarchy in order
to deal with what he calls inherently selfish, ...

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an image of themselves)..."

The first difference between The Declaration of Independence and
Politics is seen when you compare this quote with one from 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..."

The founding father's saw the deliberate purpose of a Creator in nature
where Aristotle sees mankind on par with plants and animals. Aristotle explains
that we have a natural desire to leave behind an image of ourselves. Man is an
electrochemical machine that operates simply on what happens around him and,
like an animal, finds a suitable mate and ...

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