jump to navigation

From the Views of Early Americans on Moral Virtue to Darwinian Secularism and the Repression of Liberty December 17, 2008

Posted by Daniel Downs in freedom, globalism, moral virtue, nature, politics, religion, secularism, tyranny.

Plato said, “All laws came originally from divine revelation.” He taught that virtue is not by nature or by instruction, but by a divine gift.
Plato’s teacher was Socrates who taught that men become good not by nature but by divine inspiration. This universal view was fictionalized by Homer who had his famous lawgiver, Menos, claim that he received his religious institutions from Jupiter after 9 years of conversation with him. Aristobulus, as recorded in the Second Book of Maccabees, claimed that many of the philosophical and moral ideas of Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and Orpheus were influenced by their study of the writings of Moses. They had all read the Septuagint that was a Greek translation of the writings of Moses and the Hebrew prophets. Its first publication was about 300 years before Christ, and was generally read by the philosophers and historians of all nations.

These ancient philosophers, historians, poets and statesmen knew that the light of nature was not the foundation of moral law or moral virtue. Experience taught them that moral virtue was a divine gift received by revelation. In 192 AD, Clemens of Alexandria, who was President of the College in Alexandria Egypt, also came to the conclusion that the Greek philosophers took their main principles from the writings of Moses and the prophets. Ancient church historian Eusebius and Theodorit later confirmed this.

The above is a liberal paraphrase of a small part of Thomas Clapp’s “Essay on the Nature and Foundation of Moral Virtue and Obligation” written in 1765 for the students of Yale College where he was then president.

Clapp goes into much detail about how various people including the previous black citizen of Madagascar and a deaf man claimed they had known nothing of God and morality until after these conceptions were proposed (revealed) to them. These accounts further support Clapp’s argument that natural law is not the source of moral law or of God. Revelation is as it was attested by the ancients.

Like John Locke, Clapp admits the possibility of men and women discovering at least some of those moral laws originally inherent in human nature that reflected a finite portion of the holiness of their divine Creator. Yet, both deny the likelihood of their being very many who in fact do. Why? Because of the corruption of their nature being alienated from their Creator by their perpetual crimes against the same moral law, which Calvinists and Puritans called depravity.

Even today, human depravity is proclaimed proclaimed world. In fact, the preaching and dramatizing of the doctrine of depravity has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry. The primary prognosticators of human depravity is the new media. From morning to night, the media proclaims the reality of the Calvinistic doctrine of depravity. Murder, rape, robbery, greed, fraud, extortion, cheating, lying, debauchery, addiction, domestic violence, terrorism, war, and this list of depraved behavior could go on proving that Americans a serious lack of moral virtue.

The very thing real freedom requires—moral virtue—is the quality most requiring the knowledge of God and his moral law. That is also the likely reason why all 17th and 18th century texts on the law of nature, the law of nations, moral philosophy, and even the common law text of William Blackstone began by acknowledging that the foundation of all law is the moral law of God received by revelation. It is also the reason why early Americans, including the leading founders, claimed freedom and good government began with religion.

Religion is the guardian of divine revelation. Revelation is the source of moral law. Moral virtue is that law lived. The power enabling people to live a virtuous is through a covenantal relation with the one who originally gave it. That makes it more than an idea. It is the physical and mental means by which God is able to communicate and affirm its validity.

Modern secularists, especially followers of Darwinism, would have us believe that religion is a dangerous idea that must be regulated out of public and institutional life. As revealed in Ben Stein’s documentary Expelled, Darwinists and other secularists believe religion is merely something people should do on the weekend.

According to those who created our national compact, the revealed moral law of God is the essence of all law, and that moral virtue is gift of God for a life of liberty, peace, and prosperity. Without it, no good government can exist–a fact being proven in the 21st century.

Are Americans now so duped by those who regard them as stupid (i.e., Richard Dawkins and other) to believe that America’s founders were wrong? Early Americans already knew about evolution, the cell, and atoms. They also were intimately acquainted with government’s suppression of inquiry, ideas, dissent, and religious reformation beliefs and practices. They had already witnessed the impoverishment of many peoples by internationalists and their big industries with government approval.

Yet, many American do adhere to the values and ideals of Darwinism, the science of atheism and the justification and rationale for secularism. Modern secularism gives nominal adherents its blessing to impoverish people today. It’s a strategy of people who hate the moral restraints of God, religion, and moral law. That is one part of the history of the secularist movement for the total separation of religion from the state. And, because moral restraint diminishes under secularism, the suppression of free inquiry, of free speech, of peaceful assembly and protest, evangelical (Puritan) practices, economic independence, and the like is common practice sanctioned by the federal, state, local authorities.

It will change not by politicians like George W. Bush or Barak Obama. It will change when a majority of Americans regain the moral virtue that made freedom from tyrants a reality in 1620 and in 1776. When Americans regain it, then real change in society’s institutions and government will be possible.

by Daniel Downs



1. George Bush On Best Political Blogs » From the Views of Early Americans on Moral Virtue to Darwinian… - December 17, 2008

[…] From the Views of Early Americans on Moral Virtue to Darwinian… It will change not by politicians like George W. Bush or Barak Obama. It will change when a majority of Americans regain the moral virtue that… […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: