In 1984, R.J. Rushdoony published his book Law & Liberty. This was twelve years after his publication of volume 1 of the Institutes of Biblical Law and just two years after he released volume 2 of the same series. Many have referred to Law & Liberty as Biblical Law Lite because in 200+ pages he managed to provide a general, but thorough, overview explaining that in order for there to be true liberty, God’s law must be at the center of every area of life and thought. While this title in no way replaces volumes 1 and 2 (nor the 1999 publication of volume 3), it serves as a reliable and concise introduction to the subject matter.
How could a book from almost thirty years ago be a tool for dominion in 2020? Simply put, it outlines the very areas that have been marginalized and/or eradicated and that must be restored in order for a truly Biblical society to emerge. Additionally, it is an effective tool for anyone who has been asking the question: What can I do to make a difference in the sphere(s) of life God has placed me?
I already know individuals who are making use of Law & Liberty to begin book studies with their children, their Bible study group, and members of their community who are fed up with the increasing tyranny being placed upon citizens from all levels of government. Studies like these have been made easier because the Chalcedon Teacher Training Institute has just finalized the study course that will allow anyone willing to accept the challenge to lead a group discussion.
All the chapters have study questions that are great discussion starters. There are also relevant lectures, podcasts, and articles that will further understanding. When many people get the overview and understand the concept of Biblical liberty, their appetite for something meatier leads them right to volume 1 of Rushdoony’s Institutes. And, that course is also available for self-study or group study. Many have worked their way through these courses with online participants from around the world, while some have participated with in-person meetings. As an added bonus, there are willing teachers (I am one) who are willing to respond to invitations by groups wish to have more difficult questions answered or have a more in-depth discussion.
So, if you are reading this, I invite you to join in the Liberty Challenge and become or continue to be a part of the solution to the ills plaguing us on many fronts. Rather than just complain about how things are getting worse and worse, maybe it is time for you to realize that “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
- Andrea G. Schwartz
Andrea Schwartz is Chalcedon’s family and Christian education advocate, and the author of eight books including: A House for God: Building a Kingdom-Driven Family, The Biblical Trustee Family: Understanding God’s Purpose for Your Household, Empowered: Developing Strong Women for Kingdom Service, Woman of the House: A Mother’s Role in Building a Christian Culture, and The Homeschool Life: Discovering God’s Way to Family-Based Education. She’s also the co-host of the Out of the Question podcast, and Homeschooling Helps (weekly live Facebook event). She can be reached at [email protected].