The Inquisition

There are modern parallels to the mistake that the Inquisition represented. For example, to give an extreme instance, under Marxism, capitalism is seen as evil. Therefore, all capitalists, without exception, are persecuted. In this country, all communists are seen as evil, and some believe that steps should be taken against all communists. There are some people who say we should go after all anti-Semites, all members of the KKK, all Nazis, Fascists, Moonies, and so on. In other words, the same temper prevails of dealing with dissidents in society.

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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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