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JCR Vol. 06 No. 01: Symposium on Puritanism and Progress

The idea of progress is a distinctly Hebrew-Christian concept. The belief that there was a unique beginning of time, has been a linear development of time, and will be a final judgment at the end of time, is biblical to the core.

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Topics: American History, Biblical Law, Christian Reconstruction, Church, The, Eschatology, Puritanism, Reformed Thought, Science, Theology, World History

R. J. Rushdoony

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

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Charles Dykes

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E. L. Hebden Taylor

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James R. Payton, Jr.

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Aletha Joy Gilsdorf

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Gary North

Dr. Gary North served as the editor of the Journal of Christian Reconstruction from 1974-81. He is the noted author of scores of articles and over thirty books on economics and history. Currently he serves as editor for GaryNorth.com and The Tea Party Economist. He is the Director of Curriculum Development for the Ron Paul Curriculum.

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Judy Ishkanian

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James B. Jordan

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William Symington

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