Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 2017

School

Helms School of Government

Major

International Relations

Keywords

American Revolution, Founders, Bible, Just War, Locke, Calvin

Disciplines

American Politics | Common Law | Constitutional Law | Political History | Political Theory

Abstract

This thesis will seek to examine the intention of the Founding Fathers regarding their decision to break from England in what became the American Revolution. On July 4th, 1776, fifty-five men gathered to sign the defining document of their cause – the Declaration of Independence. As the document presents the climactic argument against the English crown, this thesis will seek to analyze its writers’ intentions, presuppositions, and rationalizations. Ultimately, this thesis will demonstrate that the Founders not only sought biblical justification for their actions and opinions, but followed the letter of biblical and common law in order to please both their Creator and their consciences.