In Genesis 1:28 we have first of all a commandment to work. Dominion and subjugation require work to subdue the earth, to turn a wilderness into fertile farms and ranches, gardens, requires work. Work was ordained before the fall and there was no curse upon it. Work was very clearly a part of the state of innocence; it is not a product of sin. Then second the English translation “Replenish the earth” creates problems. In the Hebrew it is very literally “to fill”. Man has a duty to fill the earth, to colonize, to bring every area under man’s dominion.
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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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