John Owen on social covenants and their descending obligation

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Cancelled Commissioner
And such covenants are the foundation of all order and rule in this world. For after persons, or a people, have covenanted into such agreements in government, and as to the administration of common right among themselves, — provided the terms whereon they have agreed be good and suitable unto the light of nature, their posterity are not at liberty to alter and change them at their pleasure; for whereas they derive all their rights and inheritances from their progenitors, they are supposed in them to have consented unto all that was done by them. … But in covenants the case is plain. Men may enter into a mutual covenant for the erection of a government among them, which proving a foundation of all their civil rights for the future, their posterity may be said to have made that covenant, and to be obliged thereby, as it was in this case.

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jwright82

Puritan Board Graduate
Yeah its ironic covenants are meant to be voluntary but laws are not. So someone born after the original covenants is under a law. You don't voluntary decide how fast to drive, the law tells you. Great post as usual!
 
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