Differentiating of the Concepts of Rights in the English Bill of Rights and the American Declaration of Independence


Red Millennial

The following post was originally submitted as an assignment for a government class at Regent University. It has been modified for publication.

When in the course of academic events it becomes necessary for one to analyze the dissolution of political bonds that had joined one people to another for nearly two centuries, a decent respect to the opinions of each side requires that a fundamental understanding of the reigning philosophies be at the center of that analysis. Those two reigning philosophies regarded rights of citizens in civil society. On one hand, the English held that liberty exists in an established history and traditions of a political society. On the other hand, American colonists held a more Lockean idea of liberty—that all men are born free and equal, and that there are certain “unalienable rights” guaranteed to man through “Nature and Nature’s God.”[1] The differences between the two philosophies are…

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