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-“By Their Creator”

by Dr. D ~ October 23rd, 2010

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Earlier this month President Obama stirred up a controversy when he paraphrased and quoted from the Declaration of Independence in 3 speeches but left ‘God’ out of it:

“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,  that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

When asked by the media to comment on the omission no explanation was given by the President or members of his administration.

Then on Friday he reinserted “by their creator” back into the quote given during his speeches in LA and in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I commented on this more completely in an article on my main page. The following is a point that is important to note here on this page. Without the phase:

by their Creator

The Declaration of Independence would make no logical sense at all and hold very little authority or appeal in the historical and cultural context in which it was written.

The Importance of God in the Declaration 

When it comes to the Declaration of Independence the words: “by their Creator” were a major part of the message, the subject, and the emphasis.

Many secularists and atheists today want to de-emphasize the role of faith in the founding of this country to the point that many are attempting to actually rewrite history itself. For them, “by their Creator” could have easily been left out of the document with little or no effect.

But in the context of 1776 those words were the whole linchpin of the document and appealed to an ultimate authority for the rights of the Americans to rebel against the King of England.

In the context of the 18th century the Europeans believed that their Kings reigned and ruled ‘by Divine right’ under the authority of God and were His direct representatives. In fact, the King of England was also the head of the church and was supposed to defend the Christian faith against heresy and all enemies. In that cultural context, to rebel against the King was tantamount to rebelling against the Creator.

In the Declaration the founders made it clear that they were not rebelling against God but that the Creator was actually the ultimate authority they were appealing to saying that their ‘rights’ were derived directly from their Creator and not given to them by the King of England or some parchment or Parliament.

It was a radical document at the time and changed the whole course of human history and ‘the Creator’ was part and parcel of the Declaration of Independence and the ultimate authority appealed to in the whole process. As you can see, ‘the Creator’ is not easy to be leave out, even today.          *Top of the Blog  

 

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