Words from member of original Supreme Court

Feb. 16, 2017 at 5:21 p.m.
Updated Feb. 17, 2017 at midnight

Words from member of original Supreme Court

Words from member of original Supreme Court

Editor, the Advocate:

Justice James Wilson (1742-98), a leading legal theorist and one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States, wrote the following (an excerpt from his "Lectures on Law") and taught these ideas to his students.

"But it should always be remembered, that this law, natural or revealed, made for men or for nations, flows from the same divine source: it is the law of God.

Nature, or, to speak more properly, the Author of nature, has done much for us; but it is his gracious appointment and will, that we should also do much for ourselves. What we do, indeed, must be founded on what he has done; and the deficiencies of our laws must be supplied by the perfections of his. Human law must rest its authority, ultimately, upon the authority of that law, which is divine.

Of that law, the following are maxims - that no injury should be done - that a lawful engagement, voluntarily made, should be faithfully fulfilled. We now see the deep and the solid foundations of human law.

It is of two species. 1. That which a political society makes for itself. This is municipal law. 2. That which two or more political societies make for themselves. This is the voluntary law of nations.

... From this short, but plain and, I hope, just statement of things, we perceive a principle of connection between all the learned professions; but especially between the two last mentioned (divinity and law). Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other. The divine law, as discovered by reason and the moral sense, forms an essential part of both."

America, teach God's principals to your children, and we will be blessed by keeping His law.

John Fisher, Point Comfort


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