The Chalcedon Foundation® is a Christian education organization devoted to the research, publishing, and promotion of Christian Reconstruction. We believe that the Christian faith is applicable to every area of life and thought and that all things are to be "reconstructed" according to God's revealed will in Scripture.
Founded in 1965 by R.J. Rushdoony, the Chalcedon Foundation® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit named after the great ecclesiastical Council of Chalcedon (A.D. 451) which defined Jesus Christ as both truly God and truly man. Rushdoony recognized this crucial definition of the mystery of Christ's incarnation as the limiting factor to all human authorities and institutions. In Matthew 28:18, the resurrected Christ declared, "All power [authority] is given unto me in heaven and earth," which means no person or human institution can claim ultimate authority in history.
With recognizing Christ as Lord in history, the Chalcedon Foundation® teaches that the first and most basic government is self-government, but it is self-government terms of God's revealed will which is contained in His written laws within both Old and New Testaments. Salvation is more than delivering a sinner from eternal punishment. It is a restoration to obedience as Christians live out the law of God that is written upon their hearts and minds.
Since Christ is Lord of history, and His Kingdom is expressed through His people, then the Lordship of Christ extends to every area of life and thought. Our mission, therefore, as the body of Christ in history is to advance the Crown Rights of King Jesus in every realm.
Beginning with a simple newsletter to a small list of supporters, R.J. Rushdoony launched what he originally referred to as a "Christian Renaissance." His goal, as he wrote in his first newsletter, was to provide a "counter-measure to the prevailing trend'—to show that "the answer to humanism and statism is Christian faith and liberty."
As opposed to organizations focused on creating policies for the ever-growing state bureaucracies, Rushdoony saw that the role of the Chalcedon Foundation® as an educational one, — to equip and empower Christians to apply their faith to every area of life and thought through:
Since 1965, the Chalcedon Foundation® has existed solely by the financial gifts of its faithful supporters.
We do not receive money from state or federal governments nor from other foundations. It is the direct, tax-deductible gifts of Chalcedon's supporters that underwrites the full work of this ministry.
Faithful Christian scholarship is the primary work of Chalcedon's researchers and writers. We examine diverse areas of life and society in the light of God's Word, and then exploring how Christians should apply their faith in all areas of life. This is accomplished through numerous means...
Faith for All of Life—Chalcedon's bi-monthly, printed magazine which is mailed to our financial supporters and subscribers, while also featured in its entirety online. Each issue is full of insightful, inspiring articles, commentaries, and reviews reflecting the worldview of Christian Reconstruction.
The Chalcedon Report—Our bi-monthly newsletter is mailed to our financial supporters providing them with timely remarks from our president, Mark Rushdoony, along with a 4-page newsletter filled with commentary and reports from recent events.
The Journal of Christian Reconstruction—Chalcedon's longstanding academic journal, digitally archived, filled with relevant scholarship. Plans are underway to resume publishing the journal once again under the leadership of Chalcedon's vice-president, and resident scholar, Martin Selbrede.
Since its inception, publishing has been the focus of the work of Chalcedon with certain titles playing a significant role in shaping Christian culture and thought since the 1960s. Chalcedon continues its aggressive publishing schedule through two publishing labels:
In order to more effectively reach Christians around the world, we offer free access to most of our academic books online as well as thousands of recorded sermons and lectures.
Conferences and informal gatherings remain an important aspect of the outreach of the Chalcedon Foundation®. Whether sponsoring our own events across the country, participating as keynote speakers at conferences, or hosting a book and resource booth at a Christian conference, we make engaging with people one on one a top priority. Many of our previous events are available for listening in our resource section or may be purchased through our online store.
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