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From the President
Rousas John Rushdoony: A Brief History, Part VII “He’s on the Lord’s Side”

My father has often been kept at arm’s length even by those who are sympathetic to his work. His concept of Christian Reconstruction was all-encompassing, and when added to his postmillennialism made for an antithesis so distinct that few have been willing to associate with more than a few of his positions. His reference to “all areas of life and thought” being brought subject to the Word of God meant just that, and the multiplicity of topics he touched on reflect the scope of his understanding of the needed work of the Kingdom. It is easy for most people to read at least something in his writing and say, “I’m not sure I want to go there.” This is, I believe, the very reason why many avoid using him—despite points of agreement, everyone can find something in Rushdoony they do not like. His full-orbed view of the faith was reflected in how he viewed his ministry, a pioneering work of exploring a distinctly Biblical approach for others to pursue. Many were leery of following him in such a bold and expansive Kingdom vision and so were standoffish or used him selectively; in many circles, the reaction was outright hostility.
by Mark R. Rushdoony

Dr. Kishore Breaks the Back of Fake News Addiction

Time journalist Alice Park’s article, “A new paradigm for opioid addiction: more drugs,” appeared in October of 2016.4 The embedded photo essay ups the emotional ante of the article by pushing the reader’s buttons, all carefully orchestrated to guide us to draw the same policy conclusions that Park advocates. An artfully positioned squib by the U.S. Surgeon General creates the impression of endorsement of Park’s views.
by Martin G. Selbrede

“First the Blade” Dr. Rushdoony’s Influence on My Life

We live eight miles from the northwest Alabama rural farm where I was born and raised. My own children were raised there until we moved in their teen years to the “city” within the same county. Mine was a simple country upbringing filled with meaningful work and simple values. Though my parents were not Christians, one of the great delights (and awful anguishes) of my early life was being across the field and staying the night with my godly grandparents. Retiring at night no later than 8 P.M., we grandchildren slept in the same room on an extra bed where my dear grandmother slept. The delight was that I got to hear that precious lady pray for all my brothers and cousins and their many sins. Those prayers were as refreshing as the taste of a spring-cooled watermelon on a hot August afternoon. Not content with having taken care of the primary sinners in the family, she would exercise herself concerning my sins and my need of Christ. What horrible anguish that precious lady caused my youthful spirit.
by Tim Yarbrough

Resource Rushdoony

When R.J. Rushdoony passed away in the early months of 2001, many wondered what would happen to the Chalcedon Foundation. The question arose: Can a ministry that began in 1965, primarily focused on the lectures and writings of its founder, survive his death?
by Andrea Schwartz

Rev. Mark R. Rushdoony is president of Chalcedon and Ross House Books. He is also editor-in-chief of Faith for All of Life  and Chalcedon’s other publications.

Martin G. Selbrede is Chalcedon’s resident scholar and Editor of Faith for All of Life and the Chalcedon Report.

Andrea Schwartz has been active as a home educator since 1983. She successfully educated her three children through high school. She has written five books Lessons Learned from Years of Homeschooling, The Homeschool Life, The Biblical Trustee Family, Woman of the House, &  A House for God. She also has written two children's books for families to read together: Teach Me While My Heart is Tender: Real-Aloud Stories of Repentance and Forgiveness and Family Matters: Read-Aloud Stories of Responsibility and Self-Discipline. Her website is a useful site for homeschooling families, and she is a regular contributor to the Chalcedon publication, Faith for All of Life. Andrea runs the Chalcedon Teacher Training Institute, a mentoring/study program designed to help homeschooling mothers become the best teachers for their children. She is a sought after public speaking and writing instructor, as well as a guest speaker for Christian schools, homeschooling support groups, and introductory seminars on homeschooling. She resides in San Jose, CA with her husband of 40 years. She can be contacted @

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