i.e., What is the origin of our nations justice system? Who were some of its framers?
"The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.'" John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States
Various Religions Judeo – Christian Non- Religious.
1. Puritans, Pilgrims etc., from Europe. 2. Their Christianity was imbedded in Colonial common law Sense of Rights Understanding of criminal law/punishment Tort laws.
The most quoted book of the period from 1760-1805 in the political writings of the day was book of Deuteronomy (the law book), in the Bible, accounting for thirty-four percent of all the quotes.
John Locke 1. English writer on government. 2. Major influence on the leaders of the Revolution. 3. Taught Nature and the Bible were the basis of liberty & inalienable rights of people.
Sir William Blackstone 1. A Christian; taught the laws of Nature and of Natures God 2. His Commentaries became the chief, if not the only law book, in every lawyer's office in New England. 3. Great influence on U.S. law & on the Declar- ation of Independence & the Constitution.
the name of "God," "Almighty God," "Nature's God," "God of Armies," "Lord of Hosts," "His Goodness," "God's Superintending Provid- ence," "Providence of God," "Providence," "Supreme and Universal Providence," "Over- ruling Providence of God," "Creator of All," "Indulgent Creator," "Great Governor of the World," "The Divinity," "Supreme Disposer of All (etc.)
1. Strong influence on early U.S. law 2. Judeo-Christian roots (continued)
3. Developed a court system 4. Judge-made law; a collection of precedents