Rushdoony Tuesday: The Biblical Philosophy of History


The Biblical philosophy of history is clearly and irrevocably at odds with the modern faith. Basic to the Biblical philosophy os the doctrine of creation. This doctrine has far-reaching implications for history. First, the doctrine of creation asserts that the universe, time, history, man, and all things are the handiwork of a sovereign, omnipotent, omniscient, and triune God. Second, this means that the meaning of history is to be understood primarily and essentially in terms of that God. Time and history are created by God and therefore are determined and governed by God. The ground of history, therefore, is not in time, not in a total immersion at the moment, but in eternity. Third, creation is described by all of Scripture as a creative act of God, in six days, and thus it must be understood as act, not process Every attempt to read process into the creation account, to turn the days into ages and make room for “scientific” interpretations, is a surrender to process philosophies and an abandonment of the sovereignty of God.

Excerpted from The Biblical Philosophy of History by R.J. Rushdoony (1916-2001), p. 4, (2000).

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About the Author
(from the Chalcedon web site):

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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