The Painful Years

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From the President
Rousas John Rushdoony: A Brief History, Part IV The “Painful Years”

Many of the details of my father’s experiences in Santa Cruz (1953–1962) I had to glean from his work journals. In addition, I read through a large collection of papers that I had left on a shelf in his library. I had briefly reviewed it some years ago, after Dad’s death, but it was and still is painful for me as well, as many of the wounds of those years were familial. So I also put the bad memories in the past. I have only occasionally referred to them in defense of my father, and then briefly. My sisters and I will sometimes speak to one another of them. I felt a responsibility to share this article with them, and to solicit their critiques and comments before its publication. They not only did so, but suggested that they subscribe their names to it so that we might speak with unanimity as to the presentation of the facts.
by Mark R. Rushdoony

Feature Article
Dr. Punyamurtula Kishore in the Eye of the Storm

This brief update is the fifteenth in a series of articles about addiction treatment pioneer Dr. Punyamurtula S. Kishore and his ongoing battle with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which shut his fifty-two clinics in late 2011, dramatically increasing the state’s death toll due to opioid addiction. Space forbids repeating the story developed in the first fourteen articles. Readers new to this story are urged to catch up before reading on (links/references are available at the end of the web version of this article).
by Martin G. Selbrede

Feature Article
The Gatekeepers of the Culture

In God’s economy, the family is the primary institution that is to train individuals to become responsible participants in every sphere of life. Even among those who acknowledge the Biblical jurisdiction of the family, the sad reality is that very few have any practical concept as to how to turn things around, or even know where to begin. The book of Genesis is the necessary “starting point” (forgive the pun) in determining how this should play out in day-to-day life. With Genesis as our foundation, we can then proceed through the laws of the Pentateuch for our blueprint for social order. Only then can we hope to make any lasting difference beyond the walls of our homes.
by Andrea Schwartz

Film Review
Film Review of The Young Messiah (2016)

If The Young Messiah were a fantasy, set in an imaginary world, with all the characters given imaginary names, I would be praising it as a fantasy with a visibly Christian message. It is, after all, based on a novel, Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice, best known for her best-selling vampire novels. I would be remiss if I failed to mention that Rice has since abandoned Christianity, but I don’t wish to be distracted by that issue. Suffice it to say that the film’s screenplay is based on a novel.

From the Founder
The Cities of Refuge (Deut. 19:1-10)

Man needs a city of refuge as against man and his systems. For centuries, all churches were cities of refuge; the refugee was tried in terms of God’s law, and agents of state could present their case before the court, as could the refugee and his witnesses. The court’s decision was binding upon the crown and the state. There is now no escape from the state’s legal system, the cost of which is prohibitive. Those who refuse to accept God’s law in time shut the doors on justice. The anti-theonomists pay a heavy price for rejecting the law of God.
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.

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 www.KingdomDrivenFamily.com 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 @ Andrea@chalcedon.edu.

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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