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Christianity and Democracy

Chaplain Luther D. Miller Chief of Chaplains, United States Army in The Army and Navy Chaplain Washington, District of Columbia

The teachings of religion buttress the fundamental teachings of democracy. The moral sanctions on which democratic principles are based are found in the religion of the Bible.... The potential dignity of man as a child of God makes him worthy of liberty, and the all-embracing concept of the brotherhood of man provides the cornerstone of civil and political equality.

The signers of the Declaration of Independence were very much aware of man's relationship to God when they wrote, "All men ... are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Those are rights given by the Creator—not by the State or the vote of a majority. Loss of faith in the Creator means loss of faith in these God-given liberties.

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October 16, 1948

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