Category Archives: Natural Rights

Too late for an Independence Day post?

And God saw every­thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

-Gen­e­sis 1:31a

One func­tion of this blog is to doc­u­ment things I have inklings about in order to cre­ate place­hold­ers for future study. And this par­tic­u­lar post is to do just that.

Today I was read­ing in Gen­e­sis and the words “saw” and “was” popped out at me. After each cre­ation day, the author says God “saw” that what He had cre­ated “was” good. God didn’t cre­ate things that had no intrin­sic value and then sim­ply declare them good, like we arbi­trar­ily declare worth­less green bills valu­able. He cre­ated good things. And the best part about the nar­ra­tive is that when it gets to the cre­ation of mankind, it says that God saw every­thing that He had made, and it was very good. And surely, God Him­self is good! And thus beings fash­ioned after His like­ness would be as well!

Could an exeget­i­cal study of the Gen­e­sis cre­ation nar­ra­tive lend Bib­li­cal war­rant for a the­ory of inher­ent rights, as opposed to inputed rights?

We hold these truths to be self-​​evident, that all men are cre­ated equal, that they are endowed by their Cre­ator with cer­tain unalien­able Rights, that among these are Life, Lib­erty and the pur­suit of Happiness.

-Dec­la­ra­tion of Independence