Because all things were made by God, "and without Him was not any thing made that was made" (Jn. 1:3), we live in a world of total meaning. As Cornelius Van Til stated it, there is no brute factuality, there are no meaningless facts in creation. All facts are God-created, God-ordained facts.
The young mother, a "pillar of the church," to whom other wives and mothers looked for guidance, lamented that the sight of her shirtless pastor playing basketball at an all-men's game at the local YMCA reduced her to "tears." To her, his lack of "spirituality" was evident (to her way of thinking, male shirtlessness was an instance of "carnality"). When soon this same mother had abandoned the church and her husband, and had begun copulating with high-school boys, more than a few associates recognized the irony.
Politics and Religion in the Early Republic: Jasper Adams and the Church-State Debate, edited by Daniel L. Dreisbach (University Press of Kentucky) contains the cogent sermon preached in 1833 by Jasper Adams of the Protestant Episcopal Church, as well as response by luminaries of the age, including John Marshall and James Madison.
When we reject subjective piety as a standard of righteousness in favor of obedience to God's Word, we must be careful that our concept of obedience is not a cold legalism. Obedience is demanded by Scripture as a humble submission to God's revealed Word.
"It is different with the upper classes. They, following science, want to base justice on reason alone, but not with Christ, as before, and they have already proclaimed that there is no crime, that there is no sin. And that's consistent, for if you have no God what is the meaning of crime?. . . . And Ratkin does dislike God. . . .' But what will become of men then?' I asked him, `without God and immortal life? All things are lawful then, they can do what they like?'"
The custom of Russian women is to take their husband's name at marriage and adjust it for gender. Thus, when Irina Arshanska married Vladimir Morozov, she became Irina Morozova.
Christians don't need to know everything to know something. They don't need all the solutions to the church's splintered condition to know that there's a better way. Like Rhymin' Simon sang, "I can't run but I can walk much faster than this." We may not have all the answers, but surely a humble look into the Word can help us do better, eh? ("Eh?" means, Canadian spoken here.)
When Peter Hammond, missionary to the persecuted church, last visited Milwaukee, we took some time off one night to watch the movie "Gettysburg."
Four years ago when I met Eric in Cotonou, Benin (West Africa), he was a young university student. A year ago he had discovered our French broadcast, Perspectives Réformées, and was converted to the Reformed Faith.
In part one I argued that because Christians infortuitously conducted their apologetics in terms of the Nature/Supernature framework, science has dismissed their claims to a supernatural revelation, proposing instead naturalistic alternative explanations.
The crisis for the donor nations (USA, Germany, Switzerland, UK, et al.) is that a professed Christian is the President of the nation and he has sworn to re-build Zambia upon the Word of God.
The prisoner seated in the glass booth was not the wild-eyed, dark-visaged creature one anticipated, considering the shocking and gruesome contents of the reports. There was no sign that here, caged for its own protection, was a veritable beast.
There is a class of so-called "imprecatory" (cursing) prayers in the Bible, and this fact occasionally disturbs people: it doesn't seem to agree with what we are told elsewhere in the Bible about loving our enemies (Mt. 5:44). Should there be such prayers, especially in the New Testament?
Have the recent debates about affirmative action, racial quotas, and preferences brought us any closer to solving the problems of racism and discrimination?
A review of Robert Bork's Slouching Towards Gomorrah. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1996, 240 pages (including index and endnotes), cloth, ISBN 0-06-039163-4
Rationalism has ancient roots, but, in its modern form, it stems very clearly from Rene Descartes (1596-1650). Some would object to placing Descartes in the ranks of men whose work was damaging to the Faith, but Descartes' formal church adherence is no more conclusive than Ivan the Terrible's obvious allegiance to the Russian Orthodox Church.
An odd fact is the ignorance of the English alphabet that leads people to believe that our forbears actually used "ye" for "the," as in "Ye Old Shoppe."
A looming financial crisis in October of 1995 precipitated a meeting in the living room of my father, R. J. Rushdoony, founder and president of Chalcedon. My father, Andrew Sandlin, and I were concerned about our mounting expenses and declining income. Obligations were accumulating with no funds to pay them.