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Rushdoony: Law & Liberty September 23, 2008

Posted by heldveld in Book Reviews, Christian Reconstruction, R.J. Rushdoony, Theonomy.

This book is made up of the transcripts of 32 radio addresses prepared by Rushdoony during the years of 1966 and 1967.  Each chapter is about 5 pages long and gives the reader a quick introduction to Rushdoony’s thoughts on a variety of subjects. Overall I found his insights quite intriguing and accurate.  Considering that they were written about 40 years ago it was kind of eerie how well they applied to our present circumstances.

As a father I really appreciated how Rushdoony focused on the family in several chapters. He shows the importance of the family in the Bible (ie laws to honor father and mother and against adultery) and points out how often actions by the state or non believers attack the institution. Liberty would be a second theme found often in the book. Liberty is seen as crucial to the Christian life as only in a free society are we free to serve our Lord.

I recommend this book if you’re a fan of Rushdoony or not. At a minimum it will get you thinking about the various topics covered. It will also acquaint you with some of the basic ideas behind the Christian Reconstruction movement.

It is available from the Chalcedon Foundation


Theonomy and Regeneration August 1, 2008

Posted by heldveld in Blog Spotting, Law/Gospel, Theonomy.

An informative post by Daniel Ritchie on the role of regeneration in theonomy.


While I do believe that all governments (and all humans for that matter) are obligated to obey God’s laws, we cannot really expect that to happen in a fallen world. However, with the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit we expect people to fall under the Lordship of Christ. After all what is the point of obeying God’s law in letter if the heart is not right?

“And without faith it is impossible to please him” (Hebrews 11:6a ESV)

On the flip side, what kind of faith is it that believes in Christ’s sacrifice and God’s loving grace but does not accept his Lordship?

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?” (James 2:14 ESV)