America's Culture War and How to Fight It, II.:
A Fresh Look at Our "Dynamic Duo"
America is engulfed in the flames of a Culture War, and the courts have been weapons of mass destruction, attacking our Constitution and trying to beat it into Humanistic document. During this month of February — the birth period of two of America's most famous Presidents — it is especially appropriate that we defend our Constitution by carefully examining its Judeo-Christian roots.
In our last Briefing, we asserted that America's Culture War is a climactic battle between two polemic worldviews — the Judeo-Christian and the Humanistic. Associated with each is a body of constitution theory which we MUST wield in defense of the Constitution. Constitutionalists (Judeo-Christian advocates) and Reconstructionists (Humanistic advocates) can be easily distinguished:
- Constitutionalists respect the Constitution;
Reconstructionists reject the Constitution.
- Constitutionalists advocate restraint by the courts;
Reconstructionists advocate rule by the courts.
- Constitutionalists recognize the Constitution's Judeo-Christian foundation;
Reconstructionists reconstruct America on a Humanistic foundation.
The Constitution itself says relatively little of a philosophical nature. But philosophical propositions are a vital part of the Declaration of Independence, which is the philosophical underpinning of the Constitution. This underpinning is explained through the use of four terms most often found in philosophy. Using philosophical terms may sound intimidating, but these terms have simple and extremely useful meanings and are invaluable in proving our point. Four of these terms, their meanings, and what they tell us about the Constitution and Declaration are discussed in this Briefing. Be sure to have handy a good dictionary to help you further as needed!
(Columnist Joseph Sobran declared in the early years of Ronald Reagan's presidency that conservatives are "philosophically incompetent and intellectually unsophisticated" — this Briefing should help remedy those deficiencies!):
- Ontology: This is the study of "reality," and raises questions we have all heard and asked. For example, are there two levels of reality, or just one? We human beings live in the "immanent" realm of reality — the world that we can apprehend with our five senses. But is there "anything else out there"? (Example: Is there a Heaven? A Hell?) Heaven and Hell are "transcendent" realms of reality — realms of reality beyond the realm in which we live.
The Judeo-Christian worldview clearly asserts that there are two realms — the immanent and transcendent, and so does the Declaration of Independence.
"Human events" (the immanent realm of reality) are distinguished in the Declaration from the "Laws of Nature" and "Nature's God." Sir William
Blackstone, the staunchly Judeo-Christian expositor of the English Common Law in which American law was rooted, writes of these laws as clearly originating in a transcendent realm of realty.
Ontology also encompasses the issue of the essential nature of things — e.g., what is the essential nature of "God"? Does "God" even exist? The Declaration indisputably declares the existence of God and sees Him as "theistic" in nature — as a transcendent, infinite, yet personal, God. THIS is the God of the Bible. There are several references in the Declaration to God as essentially theistic in nature. Be sure that you identify all of them!
- Cosmology: This is the study of origins. From where does man come? From what source(s) does/do law/laws originate? The Declaration is unabashedly Judeo-Christian when it specifically states that man is created by God and that there are rights emanating from God which human law/government must protect and preserve — a particular human government/legal system is legitimate only so long as it observes these God-ordained limits. God is therefore the origin of both man and legitimate human law.
- Epistemology: This is the study of truth/knowledge. Is there absolute truth, or is truth relative? How does man find truth? Or does man "create" his own truth? The Declaration uses the exact words, "self-evident truths (about man, rights, and government)," which are, by nature, absolute.
- Axiology: This is the study of values/principles. Are these absolute or relative? How does man discover (or create) them? The Declaration expressly recognizes "unalienable Rights" — principles set forth by God and accruing to each individual because he is a "man" created by God. These principles are foundational to, and clearly protected by, the Constitution.
A Declaration advocating Judeo-Christian principles yields a Constitution of the same nature. For further insight into these vital truths, order the "Dynamic Duo Blitz" and "Faith of Our Fathers" at BlackstoneInstitute.org. "Knowledge gives power," declared James Madison. Empower yourself with this knowledge to Revive the Constitution!
BLACKSTONE BLITZ WORKSHOPS & SKYPE TRAINING
Eagle Forum's Court Watch Chairman, Dr. Virginia Armstrong (who is also the founder and President of the Blackstone Institute), taught a Small Group Leadership Training Session via Skype internet conferencing on Saturday, February 12. Virginia (in Abilene) taught the three-hour interactive workshop to a leadership group in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. The Skype workshop was a follow-up to a "Blackstone Blitz Workshop on Reviving the Constitution!" which Virginia taught live to 125 patriots in the metroplex in January.
Blackstone's unique and compelling "Reviving the Constitution!" events emphasize "educating for action," and can range from a half-day workshop to a dinner/luncheon presentation. Virginia can teach live or via Skype, the popular, free, user-friendly internet conferencing system with both audio and video capabilities. Contact Virginia to schedule your event at BlackstoneInstitute.org