Civic Duty is a Divine Commandment D&C 134:1 We believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society. David O. McKay: “Let me assure you that someday … Continue reading “We Believe in Governments” – D&C 134:1
Concept of "Separation of Church and State" Roger Williams Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) is given credit for the phrase and concept of “separation of church and state.” That credit is largely misplaced. The person most responsible for “separation of church and state,” is Roger Williams (1601-1684). Roger Williams made a "monumental contribution. . . to the cause … Continue reading Roger Williams -“Early American Heroes of Religious Liberty” (Pt 2/5)
The Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights have inspired the world. Perhaps the greatest contribution the U.S. has made to humanity is American political philosophy and ideals. A Foundation of a Written Constitution The U.S. government is built on the bedrock foundation - the supreme law of a written constitution. James Madison, the … Continue reading What Makes America Great (Pt 5/6): American Political Philosophy and Ideals
Interwoven throughout the Book of Mormon are references to governmental organization and political philosophy. Monarchy Decades after the arrival of Lehi’s family in the promised land, the population grew large enough that it became necessary to establish a formal government. Up until that time, Nephi had been their teacher and leader. The people wanted to make … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (22): Politics and Government
The story is told of a wise and experienced political science professor at a local university. When his class discussed socialism the young college students became enamored with the concept. On the surface socialism sounds wonderful. It seeks to establish equality. It eliminates the evils of capitalism where the rich get richer and the poor … Continue reading Experiment in Socialism
During the 2020 election campaign, there has been a lot of discussion about socialism. Most of that debate has been uninformed or misinformed. Definition of Socialism Socialism is “the political and economic theory where the means of production, distribution, and exchange, are owned and regulated by the government -- the ‘collective.’” “Socialism is based upon economic … Continue reading What is Socialism?