Rushdoony the Philosopher and the Historian

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From the President
Rousas John Rushdoony: A Brief History, Part V "An Opportunity... Thanks Be to God!"

By early 1962, my father had been a pastor for eighteen years, but his desire had always been to write. His first two books had been published and a third manuscript was completed. Years later, when near death, he gave me instruction on his unpublished work.
by Mark R. Rushdoony

Feature Article
Rousas John Rushdoony as Philosopher

How is one to consider the thought of Rousas John Rushdoony with regard to what is commonly called “philosophy”? The history of Western philosophy makes it clear that one of the primary characteristics of this discipline is almost universally considered to be its pretended autonomy from any kind of revealed theological authority.
by Jean Marc Berthoud

Feature Article
Rushdoony on History

The ten years I spent with Dr. Rushdoony were the most intellectually stimulating of my life. His knowledge of the Bible was the deepest and most profound I had ever encountered, and there was hardly a reference to events, people, or conditions that did not remind him of sections or persons in the Bible.
by Otto Scott

Feature Article
For Such a Time as This

It is easy for those of us who have been graced with a knowledge and understanding of the law-word of God to forget how hell-bent and wrong-headed we were prior to receiving the gift of salvation. Depending how long we have walked the journey of faith and with it the sanctification that accompanies obedience, the walk of rebellion against God and our outright disobedience can become a distant memory. But we must recall what it was like to live apart from God because this is the greatest witness we have to those who need to hear the good news of Jesus Christ—our own testimony to God’s love and forgiveness.
by Andrea Schwartz

Film Review
Fragile World Film Review

This award-winning film is proof that a “Christian movie” can be subtle, thought-provoking, heart-touching, and also have a really tricky plot. In fact, it’s so tricky, it reminds me of Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. Like Vertigo, Fragile World keeps you guessing right up to the end—and mostly guessing about the same kinds of things.
by Lee Duigon

Book Review
The Sleeping Princess of Nulland Review

Here is a book that has the makings of a wonderful Christian-oriented fantasy. I would go so far as to say it has the potential to become a classic. It has an original, creative story based on exciting ideas and insights into Biblical Christian theology, especially as discussed by R.J. Rushdoony and Cornelius van Til. Indeed, it’s the theology that breathes life into the story, without the author clubbing you over the head with it.
by Lee Duigon

From the Founder
The True Perspective (2 Cor. 4:8-18)

When we began the study of 2 Corinthians, I pointed out that this is one of the grimmest books of the Bible. It is grim because it deals with the sad character of the church so often. Despite its many blessings and the miracles that the Corinthian church had witnessed, it was harshly critical of Paul, treated him like dirt, acted as though he were their inferior, and as if they had a duty to make demands of him.
by Rev. R.J. Rushdoony

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.

Otto Scott - Otto J. Scott (1918-2006) was a journalist and historian who served on staff at Chalcedon for many years. He is the author of James 1, Robespierre, and The Secret Six.

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 @

Lee Duigon is a Christian free-lance writer and contributing editor for Faith for All of Life. He has been a newspaper editor and reporter and is the author of the Bell Mountain Series of novels.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony  (1916-2001) was the founder of Chalcedon and a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical Law to society.

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