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Integrative Studies Social Sci
ISS 215

Introduction to Liberal Democracy 1/9/2013 1:11:00 PM Liberal Premises  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 rights. 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
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