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History Study: The Language of the Declaration of Independence

The language of the Declaration of Independence is such that it can be interpreted two ways: Biblically or rationalistically. It must be remembered that the Declaration was written not for Americans but for Europeans (especially the French). This fact is plain from the first paragraph of the prologue - "a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation."