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Foundations of Social Order [Craig Press]

R. J. Rushdoony

September 22, 2016

Christian and non-Christian historians have generally agreed on at least one thing about creeds and history: they are not connected in any meaningful, comprehensive way. A few non-Christian historians-Harold Berman and his Law and Revolution being a good example-have mentioned that the Christian creeds have been instrumental in shaping the legal views and therefore the legal structure of the West. But a general study of how the creeds formed the West and its unique outlook has always been lacking; the reason being that both Christian and non-Christian authors are eager to constrain the significance of the creeds to the church and the history of theology.

"Rushdoony challenged that outlook, and he is the first author ever to create a systematic study of how the creeds of Christendom became the foundation for the worldview of Western civilization. Based on his Reformed faith, he clearly saw that ideas have consequences, and that the transformation of the pagan empire into the civilization of Christendom had its foundation in the formulation of what Christians believed about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, about the two natures of Christ, the history and the nature of redemption, the church, etc. The creeds were not just for the church; they were the foundations of social order as we know it today, in every area of life. What we believe about politics-and therefore how we act in the political realm-will be determined by what we believe about the Trinity and the nature of redemption. What we believe about economics-and therefore how we act in the economic realm-will be determined by our beliefs about God, Jesus Christ, and His salvation. What we believe about any area of life, be it science, family, education, technologies, international relations, psychology, arts, etc.-and therefore how we act in all these areas of life-will be determined by our creeds. When Christianity set out to create a creedal culture, that creedal culture was not to be limited to the church and the personal faith of the individual. Anything not of faith was sin; and therefore everything had to be based on faith, and that faith had to be carefully formulated and communicated. Everything, including politics, and economics, and law: all life had to be based on faith, and therefore creeds mattered to all of life." - Bojidar Marinov

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Apostle's Creed
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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Imagination vs. History (Nicea) Arianism and Gnosticism
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
3
Against the Hatred of Certainty (Constantinople I)
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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The Te Deum Laudamus
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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Worship of the Condemned (Ephesus)
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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Foundation of Western Liberty (Chalcedon)
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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The One and the Many (Athanasian Creed)
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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The Fallacy of Simplicity (Constantinople II)
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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Doctrine of Grace
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
10
Procession of the Holy Spirit
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
11
Doctrine of the Resurrection
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
12
Abolition of God (Constantinople III)
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
13
Foundations of Social Order
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
14
Communion of the Saints
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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Ascension and Session
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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The Last Judgment
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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The Church
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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Forgiveness of Sins
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The
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Man and the Creeds
Topics:Church History, Theology, Church, The