• Section 3 Introduction

     |  Religion, Morality, and Property

    Section 3 Introduction Almighty God hath created the mind free." Thus Thomas Jefferson begins the "Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom." The freedom of the human mind means that all individuals can choose between good and evil. The Founders believed that although human beings are capable of doing great good, they equally are capable of tremendous evil. In the words of Jefferson in the landmark Statute of 1786, all people, including rulers, are "but fallible and uninspired men." The theological conviction of early Americans was that all human beings are fallen; politically, this meant that all are fallible. The political, religious, and moral framework of the founding started with the affirmation of a common, enduring, and immutable human nature. Human beings are admixtures of roiling ...
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