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There is a popular scenario that explains how one event can have great consequences. This is often referred to as a Butterfly flapping it wings at the Equator and the wind movement from this action results in a Hurricane in the northern hemisphere. Another example is the nail that held the shoe on the horse that Paul Revere rode to warn of the approaching British by land and the Colonist were given time to prepare, organize and affront this assault beginning a process in which the USA was created. If the nail had come loose and fallen off, the shoe would have come loose also, the horse would pull up lame, Paul Revere would not have been able to warn the Colonist of the approaching British, the Colonist and the Revolution would have been crushed and the USA would not have been created. This story is all supposition, but the effect that the Apostle Paul hand on the creation of the USA is similar to these cause and effect relationships, he was the spark that ignited “Autonomy and Reflection” which led to “The Enlightenment” period (The Age of Reason) which led to the American and French revolutions.

Do we really know who set in motion the creation and formulation of the United States of America? Was it our first president, President Washington? Was it the writer of our “Declaration of Independence” from England, Thomas Jefferson, also our third president? Was it John Adams who delegated the writing of the Declaration of Independence to Thomas Jefferson and was our second president? Or was it Ben Franklin who with Adams and Jefferson edited and finalized our Declaration of Independence from England and convinced France to give the USA naval support?

Who formulated the concepts of “The Freedom and Rights of Man” that Thomas Jefferson integrated into our Declaration of Independence? Was it the “Enlightenment Philosophers”, those Philosophers after the late seventeenth century (René Descartes, Baron Henri d`Holbach, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire in France, John Locke, David Hume in Great Britain and Immanuel Kant of Germany) and formulated the concepts of “The Freedom and Rights of Man”?

Or was it the seventieth century French Philosophers, Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau Together they took on what they described as the forces of darkness—absolute monarchs, oppressive church establishments, irrational dogmas, thoughtless traditions, and all sorts of unexamined notions and customs embraced by ordinary people. They hoped to enlighten the general public by promoting independent thinking, scientific research, and improved systems of public education. Important philosophical impulses for this movement came from the writings of René Descartes and John Locke, thinkers of the 17th century

René Descartes, who is credited with formulating the process known as “Autonomy and Reflection” that was used by the “Enlightenment Philosophers” to come up with the concepts of “The Freedom of Man” that Thomas Jefferson integrated into our Declaration of Independence,? Or was it Paul, aka the Apostle Paul, aka Saint Paul aka Saul, who introduced the process of “Autonomy and Reflection” and recorded the process in his letter to the Galatians chapter 1:13-17. NIV “But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to see those who were apostles before I was, but I went immediately into Arabia and later returned to Damascus. Paul’s description of his experience with gaining knowledge about his mission assignment did not come from anyone else. He did not consult with anyone else. He did not search out any information from any source. He went to Arabia, by himself (Autonomy) and Reflected autonomously and received his vision for his mission. Paul did not label this process as “Autonomous Reflection” the French Philosopher of the seventeenth centuries, René Descartes who established it in his “Discourse on Method”. First, to accept nothing as true which I did not clearly recognize to be so. Second, was to divide up each of the difficulties which I examined into as many parts as possible, and as seemed requisite in order that it might be resolved in the best manner possible. Third was to carry on my reflections in due order, commencing with objects that were the most simple and easy to understand, in order to rise little by little, or by degrees to knowledge of the most complex, assuming an order, even if a fictitious one, among those which do not follow a natural sequence relatively to one another .

Therefore, I think we can contribute the creation of the United States of America to Paul, aka Apostle Paul, aka Saint Paul, aka Saul as he was also known because it seems he was at least the first person to record the “Autonomy and Reflection” process in detail. Socrates also practiced “Autonomy and Reflection”, as he most famously, went against the popular opinions of his day and, consequently, sacrificed his life for the “Laws” and principles he believed to be right . The Philosophical process of “Autonomy and Reflection” marked a new era in Philosophy and separates the “Modern Philosophers from the Ancient Philosophers who used the methodology of “Argument and Rebuttal” process to gain knowledge and the Modern Philosophers the “Autonomy and Reflection” process to gain knowledge.

There are other notable Philosophers that used the “Autonomy and Reflection” process to gain knowledge such as the British philosopher-scientist, Isaac Newton. In the eyes of his contemporaries and followers, he single-mindedly mastered the laws of the universe, while sitting (so the story goes” under an apple tree (Autonomy and Reflection). “Modern philosophy is defined as “Thinking for yourself”. If this “Autonomy and Reflection” process originated with the Apostle Paul we even owe credit to him for much of our present day technology.

Therefore, Paul is the Father of Modern Philosophy, the Father of our Technology and the Father of our Country. Let’s “Give credit where credit is due”!
Robert C Solomon, Introduction to Philosophy 4ed., PP 18-19 , Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers, 1989
Ibid PP 15
Ibid PP 15