“I’m always studying because I’m interested in something. I want to explore something. I want to know what God’s Word is for it. So I’m continually reading. I read and mark, and index in the back of a book, some 250-350 books every year.” ~ R. J. Rushdoony
Dear Friend of Chalcedon,
If you stroll through my father’s vast personal library, and pick any book randomly off the shelf, you’ll probably find his markings, dates, and personal index written neatly throughout the volume. This fact alone staggers most visitors that ask to see his library.
What’s equally remarkable are the piles of handwritten manuscripts—both published and unpublished—that he left behind. For several years now, I’ve labored meticulously to collate and organize these manuscripts for the purpose of publishing of them. Hundreds and hundreds of pages are now books in print—books that are circulating the world and changing lives!
I feel a sense of calling when I’m overseeing the care of my father’s work. I’m compelled to make sure the massive and diverse subjects he wrote about are accessible for old and new readers alike. This has also meant restructuring and reorganizing previous works to make them better and easier to use as resources.
For example, after we finally sold out of all our hard copies of the massive Roots of Reconstruction (1,124 pages), I commissioned a new project comprised of three volumes entitled An Informed Faith: The Position Papers of R. J. Rushdoony as well as a three volume set entitled Faith & Action featuring all his articles from the Chalcedon Report.
Both these projects will feature indexes and an improved topical organization for ease of reference. That’s what was lacking in the Roots of Reconstruction. And, with professional design both inside and out, these new books will be a must for any student of dominion!
In addition, we’re close to finishing a special volume featuring my father’s collection of “Medical Reports” on doctors, healthcare, and statist medicine. It’s entitled Faith + Wellness: Resisting the State Control of Healthcare by Restoring the Priestly Calling of Doctors. I’d say this is a timely book, wouldn’t you?
Internally, we’ve been referring to these projects as “Legacy Publications” because they represent so much of the heart and history of the Chalcedon Foundation and the work of R. J. Rushdoony. It is my conviction that this ministry must strive to present these massive resources in portions and packaging that readers will enjoy.
The Role You Can Play in Creating These Legacy Publications
The challenge with such an aggressive publishing schedule is the cost of production, and I think first of our supporters when it comes to raising the necessary funding for making such wonderful projects possible. Who else would truly understand the importance of these valuable books?
However, because these are legacy publications, I felt it would be special to make it more meaningful for those who financially sacrifice to support these projects. Granted, nobody goes looking for recognition, but I feel deeply that it’s important that readers understand that it truly is a dedicated minority that keeps Christian Reconstruction alive. Here’s what I’d like to do...
For any tax-deductible financial gift of $500 or more, I’d like to include your name in the Acknowledgements page of both multi-volume sets (An Informed Faith and Faith & Action) as well as send you copies of both sets immediately upon publication. You’ll receive all six volumes at no additional cost!
If you can’t contribute $500 or more, you can take advantage of a special pre-publication discount. If you contribute $100 or more, you’ll receive a coupon good for 50% off the retail price of each set upon publication. Simply visit this link to make your donation right away. We want to be sure we’re able to provide sufficient time to include the names before going to press.
The Special Meaning of the Legacy Publications
The mission of the Chalcedon Foundation is Christian education. That’s how it began in 1965, and that’s precisely how it will continue in the years ahead. We’re in the midst of our 50th anniversary, and next year will mark the 100th birthday of R. J. Rushdoony. As you can imagine, these publishing projects take on a special meaning for us at this time.
Celebrate with us by sending the most generous tax-deductible gift you can to help me publish these legacy volumes. That will make an attractive and useful addition to your personal library, but more than anything, you’ll experience the joy of knowing you had a direct hand in preserving and promoting the very best in Christian worldview resources. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
In His Service,
Mark R. Rushdoony
P. S. As humanism continues its decline, the world is looking for answers. Only a strong Christian body prepared to govern in Christ’s name can offer them. This means that Christian must be educated in dominion and godly reconstruction. YOU can help us fulfill that mission by contributing your generous tax-deductible gifts towards our Legacy Publications by July 31, 2015!
- 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 43 years with his wife of 45 years and his youngest son. He has three married children and nine grandchildren.