LISTEN: Calvinism, Part 1 (The Lord & the Law #3 with Danae Mary Louise Whyte)

This podcast is designed for those interested in the spiritual underpinnings of one of American society’s great foundations — the law. As much as secularists and others with varying agendas and opinions have tried to expunge any signs of Christian influence from legality down through the years, the fact remains that God, in His infinite wisdom and holiness, furnished the law for humanity’s benefit. Sure, we’ve extrapolated it in some areas, but without the Lord there would be no basis for the law. James 4:12 reads, “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” As America’s founders acknowledged in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, our “unalienable rights” — among them being “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” — are “endowed” by the Creator God and are firmly upheld on this earth based upon the “laws of nature and of nature’s God.”

The scripture passage for this episode is Colossians 2:2-3 which reads: “That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

The quote for this episode is from Doug Phillips. He said: “Long before America declared its independence, John Calvin declared and defended principles that birthed liberty in the modern world. Scholars both critical and sympathetic of the life and theology of Calvin agree on one thing: that this reformer from Geneva was the father of modern liberty as well as the intellectual founding father of America.”

In this podcast, the first book we are using as our text is “Christianity and the Constitution: The Faith of Our Founding Fathers” by John Eidsmoe.

Beginning Chapter 1 of Part 1, titled “Calvinism”, Eidsmoe writes:

Colonists came from many lands and arrived at many different times to build a new nation. Some landed at Jamestown in 1607; others landed at Plymouth Rock in 1620, having crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower. In 1630 the Arabella arrived at Salem with a group of settlers. Throughout the 1600s shiploads of eager settlers arrived at various ports to begin a new life.

Some colonists were wealthy; some were slaves or indentured servants. Other colonists owned nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Although many colonists came empty-handed, they did not come empty-minded. They brought with them the heritage, culture, and ideas from the lands of their birth.