"The Secular Feast of St. Thomas Jefferson"
Mark P. Shea invites us "to contemplate the American creed summed up in the Declaration of Independence" and especially the idea "that all men are created equal" — "We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident". He writes:
- What is it but a piece of pure, unadulterated Christian mysticism as unverifiable by scientific experiment as the Resurrection of Jesus Christ? What could be less self-evident (empirically speaking) than that "all men are created equal." To the naked eye, people are vastly different: smarter, dumber, faster, slower, stronger, and weaker than one another. And yet, by a sort of dead inertia, our cultural elites go on talking about "equality" as though it were something you could see and measure with a scale or an electroencephalogram. No one (yet) has alerted them to the fact that they are in fact mouthing a piece of utterly mystical Christian doctrine as rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition (and in nothing else) as the doctrine of the Real Presence in the Eucharist. No one has pointed out to them that when we confess "all men are created equal" we mean, and can only mean, that all people are equally precious to God and are creatures made in his image.