This is a fundamental essay on Christian Politics.
American Rhetoric says that it is self-evident that God grants men rights. Libertarian philosophers try to derive these rights from a Right to Property or the Non Aggression Principle.
But the Christian philosopher has at his disposal a handy book of propositions as sure or more than any first principle. If he holds the commandments up to a mirror, he can see in their reflection God-granted rights. In the commandment against murder, a right to life. In the commandment against theft, a right to property.
These, then, are seven rights, explicitly granted and avenged by God, which ought to be protected by the government.
- Orthodoxy: The right of man to worship the One True God in the manner of that God’s choosing, and to hear from that God’s shepherds truth and not lies, must not be infringed.
- Rest: Man must be permitted rest at least one day in seven.
- Honor: Man has a right to the honor due his station.
- Life: Man has a right not to be murdered.
- Fidelity: Man has a right to marital fidelity.
- Property: Man has a right to his belongings.
- Justice: Man has a right to remain unpunished when innocent.