Christianity and the State

By virtue of being King of kings and Lord of lords, Christ's reign over man and government is universal and total. "He removeth kings, and setteth up kings" (Dan. 2:21) and "increaseth the nations, and destroyeth them" (Job 12:23) because the government is on His shoulders: He is the governor among the nations (Isa. 9:7, Ps. 22:28). The need today is for the church to press the crown-rights of Christ the King, confident that His government over all will increase without end: "the zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this."

This powerful volume sets forth a Biblical theology of the state, tracing in detail the history and consequences of both statist domination and Christian dereliction of duty. By firmly establishing the Biblical alternative to modern Christianity's polytheism, the author alerts us to the pitfalls of the past, and provides Godly counsel for both the present and future. The crystallization of decades of research, Christianity and the State is a landmark volume of 20th century Christendom.


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Opening Credits

  1. Introduction: The Need for a Theology of the State
  2. Religion and the State
  3. Religion and the Church
  4. The Anthropology of the State
  5. Salvation and the State
  6. Legitimacy
  7. The State, Sin, and Justice
  8. The State and Justice
  9. The State and Incarnation
  10. The Freedom of Christ’s Church
  11. Atheism, Morality, Law, and the State
  12. The Theology of Fascism
  13. Cities of Refuge
  14. Extraterritoriality
  15. The Messiahship
  16. The Imperial Prerogatives of Jesus Christ
  17. The Edict of Milan
  18. Religious Liberty
  19. The Medieval Struggle
  20. Immanence and Power
  21. The Realm of Untruth
  22. Authority to Rule
  23. Donatism and the State
  24. Subordinationist, Christology, and the State
  25. The Corporation and Limited Existence
  26. Marsilius of Padua and Spiritual Religion
  27. The Conciliar Movement
  28. The Inquisition
  29. The Wave of the Past
  30. Morality and the State
  31. Freedom and the State
  32. Intercession
  33. Procession
  34. The Atheism of the Early Church
  35. Statism as a Religious Fact 1
  36. Statism as a Religious Fact 2
  37. Statism as a Religious Fact 3
  38. The Vatican and the Conflict
  39. Towards the Rebirth of Government
  40. Epilogue

Appendix: The Marxist Separation of Church and State

Closing Credits

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TopicsDominion, Government

About the author

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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