Why Was God Included In The Declaration Of Independence

Where is god mentioned in 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..."

(There are actually 3 references but that's the more famous one.)

Is the Declaration of INDEPENDENCE actually a declaration of Dependence?

Why is there a necessity to have God’s laws governing society? Wouldn’t this violate the Constitution’s First Amendment concerning separation of church and state? President Ronald Reagan said:
Without God there is not virtue because there is no prompting of the conscience... without God there is a coarsening of the society; without God democracy will not and cannot long endure... If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a Nation gone under. (Myth of Separation 249)

Abraham Lincoln also acknowledged the necessity of having laws conform to God’s will:
It is the duty of nations... to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord. (Myth 259)

Which idea is not included in the declaration of independence?

b. god gives certain people the right to govern. Jefferson studied the ideals of John Locke who stated that all men are born with certain rights. Government is a contract (agreement) created just to protect those rights and if a government violates those rights and mistreats it's people the people have a right to break that contract.

How did John Locke influence the Declaration of Independence?

John Locke asserted that in the State of Nature (men without government) human beings were not that badly off; they could pursue their individual objectives to not only survive, but to thrive and have friends and families. This is in direct opposition to Hobbes, who believed that in the State of Nature, life is “brutish, nasty, and short.”Because man is basically good, according to Locke, and because the State of Nature is basically the Garden of Eden, governments legitimately exist mainly to support and establish property rights.The implication, then, is that men have “God-given rights” to live at least as well as they do in the State of Nature. Any government that tramples on these natural rights has therefore become oppressive and it then becomes the right of the people to reject that government.These ideas are implicit throughout the Declaration of Independence, especially its assertion that human beings have natural rights given by some kind of Creator… as Jefferson was a Deist, this amounted to saying these rights were granted by Nature itself… i.e. human beings were naturally free.Note that these ideas are basically incompatible with slavery, which was always a point of difficulty for Jefferson. In theory he was against slavery, but he didn’t know how to free all his slaves without losing his estate and his income.

Declaration of Independence question?

No No place in the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution or the Bill of Rights does it say the phrase "In God We Trust". The Treasury Department came up with that one.

If God gives us free will & the declaration of independence the right to life liberty & pursuit of happieness?

Whether or not I wear a seat belt or a helmet not only does not affect anyone else. My death could result from many things and while these safety devices could 'help' save my life & IF I wanted my life saved IF then it would be prudent to wear them
They have their pluses and minuses
Some people who have worn them are alive BUT are paralyzed

Where does the government have a right to protect me from me

Eating sweats is bad for you and everyone knows that
It leads to diabetes, weight gain and other health problems, should sweats become illegal.
There is the twinki defence so obviously there are some psychosomatic issues involved with eating sweats


Saying that something affects others some how is not a reason

If God gave us free will THEN free will to do what?

If I have to do this that or the other do I really have free will?
In the Barbary Coast war the US said it was not a christian nation

Could the American Declaration of Independence be considered Universalist, in its references to "Nature's God"?

More Deist than Univeralist.  Many of our founding fathers had deist beliefs and used those when attributing something to God.

Does the Declaration of Independence refer to the Christian God or an unspecific higher deity?

I think that if it were to refer specifically to the Christian God, there would be at least one specifically Christian reference. There isn’t any.Regardless of what some of the signers had in mind (undoubtedly many were thinking about the Christian god at the time) the document does not refer specifically to that one, but rather to a generic superior power as any would understand it.I believe the first Treaty of Tripoli draws on that interpretation. And also common decency and pragmatism, too: It is useless to try and claim a religious basis for a secular state that deals with many diverse cultures both inside and outside their borders.

Does the Declaration of Independence declare religious freedom?

No, the Declaration of Independence is a document that lists the grievances of the American colonies against the rule of England, and declares our intention and right to break away from England and form a separate nation. The references to God and the Creator are typical in the style of writing at the time.
It's in the Constitution that religious freedom is established as one of our basic rights. The Constitution does not use the word God in it.
The thing to remember about the Founding Fathers and what they wrote is that, while most were either Christians or Deists, they had also looked at the history of Europe and seen what government-mandated religious belief had done. Centuries of fighting between Protestant and Catholic had caused untold misery. The Founding Fathers took action to assure that such divisions would not be part of the new nation, by making religion a personal, not a public matter.
As a final note, the original form of the Pledge of Allegiance, and the original Motto, made no mention of God. While both had been written by Christians, these men did not feel the need to belabor belief in such public declarations. Both the motto and the Pledge were changed in the 1950s, due to rising fear during the Cold War.

Is the Declaration of Independence unconstitutional?

God is specifically named once and alluded to 3 times.
Divine Providence,
Supreme Judge of the World.
Are our founding fathers unconstitutional?
A few historical quotes from our Founding Era…
Ben Franklin, at the Constitutional Convention, said: "...God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?"
John Adams stated- "The general principles on which the fathers achieved Independence were ... the general principles of Christianity ... I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that the general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God."
John Quincy Adams- “Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?"