The Declaration of Independence  The Laws of Nature and of Nature's God


This lesson provides an account of the “general rule” or first authority cited in the Declaration of Independence—“the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” God is cited not only as a creator, but also as law-giver, protector, and judge—the implication being that only He can rightfully exercise all three functions of government. The meaning of the word “nature” is explained from its etymological roots to its revolutionary implications.


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Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College, where he is also professor of politics and history. He received his B.A. from Arkansas State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from the Claremont Graduate School.