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Understanding R. J. Rushdoony

By Mark R. Rushdoony
February 01, 2016

"The less you understand about the life and history of someone, the easier it is to depersonalize them. That has certainly been the case with the life and work of R. J. Rushdoony."

With Rushdoony, critics and even enemies of the faith have created a mythological nemesis—an “architect of Christian theocracy” if you will—who threatens the freedom of all people with his blueprint for a Christian takeover of the state in order to impose the harsh measures of Biblical law upon an unwilling population.

This has never been the case, yet that fabricated narrative continues.

So what is the real story? What are the origins of R. J. Rushdoony’s thought? Where is he from? When did he start Chalcedon? How do we even know about him?

In October of 2015, Chalcedon president, Mark Rushdoony, delivered a heart felt presentation that answers these questions and more at the Bahnsen Conference held at Branch of Hope Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Torrance, California.

Take some time to watch this beautifully filmed video presentation and discover for yourself a personal window into the life, work, and mind of one of the most important Christian thinkers of the 20th century.


Topics: Apologetics, Biblical Law, Biography, Christian Reconstruction, Church, The, Culture , Dominion, Education, Family & Marriage, Government, Justice, Philosophy, R. J. Rushdoony, Reformed Thought, Statism, Theology

Mark R. Rushdoony

Mark R. Rushdoony graduated from Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College) with a B.A. in history in 1975 and was ordained to the ministry in 1995.

He taught junior and senior high classes in history, Bible, civics and economics at a Christian school in Virginia for three years before joining the staff of Chalcedon in 1978. He was the Director of Chalcedon Christian School for 14 years while teaching full time. He also helped tutor all of his children through high school.

In 1998 he became the President of Chalcedon and Ross House Books, and, more recently another publishing arm, Storehouse Press. Chalcedon and its subsidiaries publish many titles plus CDs, mp3s, and an extensive online archive at www.chalcedon.edu

He has written scores of articles for Chalcedon’s publications, both the Chalcedon Report and Faith for all of Life. He was a contributing author to The Great Christian Revolution (1991). He has spoken at numerous conferences and churches in the U.S. and abroad.

Mark Rushdoony lives in Vallecito, California, his home of 40 years with his wife of 42 years and his youngest son. He has three married children and nine grandchildren.

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