Saturday, January 29, 2011

Alexander Hamilton - Our Rights Come from the Divine

Alexander Hamilton was the first United States Secretary of Treasury, and was a signer of the U.S. Constitution. We hear it said often (just do a Google search) that our Founders were mostly atheists and that religious faith played no real part in our founding. That is easily argued against by perusing the writings of these men.

The University of Chicago has some fine web pages, including a series of Hamilton's writings. On the page covering Feb. 23, 1775, we find this quote:

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power.

Read more on the University's site:

Right of Revolution


Anonymous said...

"By the hand of the divinity itself" Not exactly a ringing endorsement for "Jesus Christ" or the "Lord God"(or any other major western religion), is it? Much like in the Declaration of Independence when they refer to "our creator". Why didn't these devout men say things like 'god' or 'the lord' or 'our lord and savior' or 'jesus christ' etc?

History Matters said...

Check out this site:

He helped found the Christian Constitutional Society. He said, "The Christian Constitutional Society, its object is first: The support of the Christian religion. Second: The support of the United States."

And this:
On July 12, 1804 at his death, Hamilton said, "I have a tender reliance on the mercy of the Almighty, through the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am a sinner. I look to Him for mercy; pray for me."

And this:
"For my own part, I sincerely esteem it [the Constitution] a system which without the finger of God, never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests." [Alexander Hamilton, 1787 after the Constitutional Convention]