Christian Reconstruction: taking back, not taking over

Let’s continue with a critical review of the rhetoric and reading comprehension emanating from the British Centre for Science Education:

Like all would-be dictators, [R.J.] Rushdoony had no respect for the law (that is, any law that stands in his way)—”The only true order is founded on Biblical Law. All law is religious in nature, and every non-Biblical law-order represents an anti-Christian religion.” (Institutes of Biblical Law, page 113).

He also made it clear that he expects that force will be necessary to impose such order, “Every law-order is in a state of war against the enemies of that order, and all law is a form of warfare. (Institutes of Biblical Law, page 93).

If that’s meant to be convincing, I’ll just say meh. I’d rather hear it from Mark Rushdoony:

Most critics of Christian reconstruction have misconstrued it as a takeover of the existing centralised state by a few Christian clerics—hence, the moniker of Christian theocrats as the “Christian Taliban”—but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Christian reconstruction is not a takeover of government, but a taking back of government by way of self-government in terms of God’s law, and this is best exemplified in what we refer to as the “quiet revolution” of Christian education.

Without violence, or protest, millions of Christian children are receiving a Christian education by way of Christian schools and homeschooling families. In this way, Christian families have taken back government from the state by the self-government of Christian education.

Quote sources

  1. British Centre for Science Education (2007). In extremis – Rousas Rushdoony and his connections. Available Last accessed 8th Aug 2015.
  2. Rushdoony, M. (2015). Unpublished letter to supporters, February 2015

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