Jan26 - Jan26 I II III Background of the constitution Religion a Everyone who came to the US was part of a religion British Nonconformist Sects

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Jan26 Background of the constitution I. Religion a) Everyone who came to the US was part of a religion. British Nonconformist Sects means the protestant denomination who were opposed to the English Church. Puritans, Baptist, Methodist, Quakers, prespatariFans. b) Most Americans were apart of the protestant denomination b.i)Important because they believe religion in more one on one with God. b.ii) Being apart of that religion made people more individual. b.iii) Individualistic in or religion before our politics c) All these religions were set on a content c.i) You were not born as “Quaker” you had to agree to become a member of their religious community. c.ii) This evolved from religious consent to political consent . c.iii) These religions re-enforced the idea of democracy. c.iv) Government is based upon the consent of the people. (c.iv.1) Wrote down the accepted political and religious view. (c.iv.2) Declaration of independence was indirectly a religious and political statement. II. Natural Law a) Founder believed in natural law. b) Believed that there were moral laws. c) People have free will so they can defy the moral rules, but if they do then there will be misery. However, if people follow the rules there will be justice and prosperity. d) Founders thought these moral rules were obvious they were self-evident truths. e) Self evident truths - refers to the fact that politics were subject to the natural law. e.i) Not just an opinion but a moral fabric of life. Moral law. e.ii) All men are created equal e.iii) They have certain natural rights: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. e.iv) Government is to secure human rights e.v) Legitimate Gov’t are democratic e.vi) Only people allowed to voter were white, male, property owners. (e.vi.1)
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2012 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Jan26 - Jan26 I II III Background of the constitution Religion a Everyone who came to the US was part of a religion British Nonconformist Sects

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