Who or what is the creator (and how is that we can presume to read his mind and know his intentions) and how do we know there are inalienable rights? As will become clear in the pages below, the idea of the creator is a powerful concept that permeates western thought from at least the period of ancient Greeks to Jefferson's day. In fact, it is the confluence of ancient pagan philosophy (here represented by Cicero)and seventeenth century science, with only a dollop of Christian thought, that combines to create the ideas so fundamental to the American civil experience.
Stein, Joshua B.
"Natural law, natural philosophy, natural rights,"
Reason and Respect: Vol. 1
, Article 1.
Available at: http://docs.rwu.edu/rr/vol1/iss2/1