Introduction to Liberal Democracy 1/9/2013 1:11:00 PM
A belief in the worth and dignity of the individual and the rational
ability of human beings to determine their own destinies booth
politically and economically.
An attack on heredity prerogatives, feudalism, the aristocracy, the
monarchy, the state-established church and institutions that
submerge the individual into a larger whole and deprive them of
their essential dignity.
Natural law, as a moral principle, guarantees every individual the
inalienable right to life, liberty, and property.
Government derives from consent of the governed and its role is
limited to protect individual liberty and cannot violate individual
The Politics of God by Mark Lilla
If god is passive, then not a factor but if God has intentionality, it
falls to man to obey what God has revealed. Different
interpretations of what that is matters and because souls are in the
balance they fight.
The wars of religion began with the Protestant Reformation and
ended with the treaty of Westphalia
Hobbes in ‘The Leviathan” changed the subject from God and his
commands to man and his beliefs
When man speaks of god, he is really speaking of his own fear of
death, poverty, and calamity. Hobbes who c