Rousas John Rushdoony

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Rousas John "R. J." Rushdoony (April 25, 1916February 8, 2001) was a Calvinist philosopher, historian, and theologian and is widely credited as 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 Christian right.

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  • The church today has fallen prey to the heresy of democracy.
    • The Institutes of Biblical Law, p. 747
  • 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, p. 113
  • 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, p. 93
  • In the name of toleration, the believer is asked to associate on a common level of total acceptance with the atheist, the pervert, the criminal, and the adherents of other religions as though no differences existed.
    • The Institutes of Biblical Law, p. 294
  • One faith, one law and one standard of justice did not mean democracy. The heresy of democracy has since then worked havoc in church and state . . . Christianity and democracy are inevitably enemies.
    • The Institutes of Biblical Law, p. 100
  • Christianity is completely and radically anti-democratic; it is committed to spiritual aristocracy.
    • As quoted in David Cantor and Alan M. Schwartz (1995), Anti-Defamation League book -The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism In America
  • The state is a bankrupt institution. The only alternative to this bankrupt 'humanistic' system is a God-centered government.
    • As quoted in David Cantor and Alan M. Schwartz (1995), Anti-Defamation League book -The Religious Right: The Assault on Tolerance and Pluralism In America
  • Democracy is the great love of the failures and cowards of life.
    • Thy Kingdom Come, Studies in Daniel and Revelation, (1970), p. 39
  • All who are content with a humanistic law system...are guilty of idolatry...they are asking us to serve other gods.
    • Law and Society: Volume II of the Institutes of Biblical Law, p. 468

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