Why Christians Should Defend the Declaration’s Most Controversial Claim
by Joe Carter
Former Senator Rick Santorum once said that the Constitution is the “how” of America—the operator’s manual—but the “why” of America—who we are as a people—is in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Many Americans would disagree that the Declaration’s most famous sentence still represents who we are as a people. Indeed, a primary dividing line in our country today is between those who think that sentence is literally true and those who do not. I believe it is literally true. And I think when we examine it, clause by clause, we find that it’s a claim that all Christians in America should defend.
We hold these truths to be self-evident . . .
Within the first eight words we already find two claims that today are considered radically divisive—that there is such as thing as truth, and that truth can be self-evident…