Just like a building, liberty requires a foundation for it to stand firm and not crumble when adversity strikes.
In the face of the threat of terrorism and a feeling the expansion of government power poses a threat to our freedom, Americans have shown a renewed interest in securing our heritage of liberty as expressed in our founding documents.
It is important that we keep in mind that this heritage is rooted in the affirmation of "Self Evident" Truths. These truths were based on a certain understanding of human nature and our relationship with God. Such an understanding was at the heart of our experiment with ordered liberty and formed the principles that the constitution was a legal codification of.
These principles were enculturated into American Civilization during the 180 years between the time of the first settlers and the founding of our country. If we want to preserve our heritage of liberty, it is important that we have a firm understanding of the principles that formed the basis of that heritage.
The Foundation of Liberty is an investigation into American history to learn what prepared America for our 200 year experiment in Liberty. What ideas, embraced by early American culture, are necessary to foster and sustain liberty?
The following is a brief description of each of the eight investigative sessions into various aspects of liberty.
Session one: The Biblical Roots of American Civilization This session is an historical overview of the origin of the principles that define American Civilization. It begins with the contention that our freedoms are under fire and will continue to be so until we reestablish the foundation upon which they were established and concludes that these timeless principles are the key to confronting the issues we face today.
Session two: The Source of American Individualism This session focuses on our being created in the image of God, resulting in human dignity and responsibility. As such we have a responsibility to strive for excellence in every area of human endeavor. The uniqueness of each individual is established, which provides justification for the notion of rights and individual freedom.
Session three: Family and Community This session looks at the early American view where individuals find fulfillment in the family unit, which is the cornerstone of society. Also examined are the role of the Church and other institutions of Civil Society in the realizing of Gods purpose for us.
Session four: Prosperity Economics This session deals with the economic principles that early Americans discovered lead to prosperity. We discuss the notion that creating an environment that leads to general prosperity is the best way to fulfill our responsibility to help the poor. This poses the notion that a bigger and more important question than "What causes poverty?" would be "What causes wealth?"
And if so then is not the most effective (and thus most sincere) effort to reduce poverty rooted in the creation of societal conditions that are needed to generate wealth, as "a rising tide lifts all boats?"
Session five: The Role of the State This session deals with the proper role of the State and explores the reasons why our founders thought it necessary to limit its role. It will also explore the origins behind the idea of representative government.
Session six: War and Peace: Self Assertion vs. Self Denial This session deals with the origin of war and the preservation of peace and touches on the subject that affirming a Biblical view of human nature is the key to achieving peace. It will also explore the notion that peace can only be obtained by first securing liberty.
Session seven: A Conflict of Visions This session starts by pointing out that what we have been describing is a Biblically based Christian set of principles that, if embraced, will result in the realization of a free, virtuous and peaceful society.
There is an alternative vision that is at odds with our founding vision. The defining struggle of our age is a conflict of visions over human nature and how best to achieve the public good.
Session eight: The Last Totalitarians This Session will start with a discussion on how the "Conflict of Visions", at the extreme, has led to the rise of totalitarian movements in the 20th Century that see the vision rooted in personal liberty as posing a mortal threat to their own utopian schemes. For these movements, the competing vision MUST be destroyed. In particular, this means targeting America, which is seen as the wellspring of that vision. It will be then pointed out that Jihadism is the latest totalitarian vision.
We will discuss where we are headed if we do not get serious about waging the "War of Ideas" and restore the principled foundations upon which American Civilization was built.
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