Sentimental humanism asserts that man’s basic need is love, more specifically, a passive need to be loved. Thus, man is seen as a passive creature whose basic problem is not a will to evil but an absence of love, so that a positive agency must be created to supply man’s needs. The result is the totalitarian caretaker state. Man, being passive, needs an active agency in his life, and this agency the welfare state provides.
This perspective is clearly conducive to slavery, and it is moreover false, for man, having been created in the image of the righteous God, requires justice even more than love. The basic requirement of man’s being is thus justice rather than love, and even the caretaker state masks its tyrannical love under the name of “social justice.”
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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