I first met Dr. Rushdoony when he spoke at my high school graduation. Since I was the only graduating senior, it was an especially great honor. That was in 1976. During the next two or three years I spoke with Dr. Rushdoony a few more times, but never for very long.
I found it odd that he remembered me years and years later and even spoke well of me when one of my friends asked him for an autograph or an interview. After all, there was no reason he should remember me; I was no one special. But I am certain that Dr. Rushdoony remembered most of the people he met and that he said a good word about them whenever he could.
I think this, his appreciation for everyday saints, was an important part of Dr. Rushdoony’s greatness. Yes, his writings shaped the thinking of thousands, including mine, but there are more important things in the Kingdom of God. Dr. Rushdoony saw the image of God in every believer; for him there were no “little people.”
- Greg Uttinger
Greg Uttinger teaches theology, history, and literature at Cornerstone Christian School in Roseville, California. He lives nearby in Sacramento County with his wife, Kate, and their three children.