Rousas John Rushdoony

Rousas John Rushdoony
Rousas John Rushdoony
  • Born: April 25, 1916
  • Died: February 8, 2001
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Minister, Missionary, Author, Founder Chalcedon Foundation, Rutherford Institute Board Member









Rousas John Rushdoony was a Calvinist philosopher, historian, and theologian and is widely credited as being the father of Christian Reconstructionism and an inspiration for the modern Christian homeschool movement. His followers and critics have argued that his thought exerts considerable influence on the evangelical Christian right.

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By law, certain acts are abolished, and the persons committing those acts either [are] executed or brought into conformity to law. The law thus protects a certain class, the law-abiding, and every law-order is in effect a subsidy to the people of the law. If the law fails to enforce protection, it destroys itself in time. The failure of the law to execute the incorrigible and professional criminal is creating a major social crisis and leading increasingly to anarchy. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Multinational unions are created in a search for more power. This leads either to irresponsible warfare as a result of meddling in foreign affairs, or to irresponsible alliances. Power ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The modern state...has made salvation its function. Therefore, Man is to be saved from poverty, sickness, death, ignorance, sin, war, superstition, and all things else by the saving state, which works steadily to create its divine order, the saving society. Every area the state wishes to invade and possess in the name of the welfare of man becomes its legitimate jurisdiction. A total sovereignty is asserted in the name of man. The state steadily denies the need of Christian theological order as it claims jurisdiction over every area … Management & Managing Government
We have a duty. We have to occupy the whole world. The great commission is to make disciples of all nations … together with all their peoples Religion & God
Some people are by nature slaves and will always be so. Nature
The University of Timbuktu never existed. The only thing that existed in Timbuktu was a small mud hut.
The urge to dominion is God-given and is basic to the nature of man. An aspect of this dominion is property. Nature
With God on their side, Christians have no need for majoritarian politics, or for compromise and accomodation to reach their goal.

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