Posted BY: Bob Shillingstad

I have seen a number of articles and essays that tell us that our Constitution had its origins from Cicero, Plato, and other thinkers and rulers of the Greek and Roman periods.  They add the thinking of the “enlightenment period” of the eighteenth century that provided the wisdom and teaching that “man is the measure of all things.”  Certainly, our Founders were well educated in the classics and read the current philosophers and their belief that we had evolved to new heights of thinking about government.  It is a relatively easy search, however, of the records of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and the influence of the Declaration of Independence and state constitutions to arrive at the literature that most affected their thinking.

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The most quoted source in their arguments was the Bible and particularly the Torah or first five books of the Bible. Some will point out that Blackstone’s work on the law was quoted almost as often, however, it must be noted that his conclusions were very much based on the same Biblical standards. John Locke’s writings were important as well and he would rank into the top three of importance, but again his arguments were heavily influenced by the truth of scripture.

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