Our Threatened Freedom

Does Bionic Man Have A Future? (03:06)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Does Bionic Man have a future? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom. One of the problems of our time is the unreasoning worship of science. We too often assume that anything science produces has to be better than what God did. One television play of recent years featured a bionic man, another a bionic woman. The fact is the reality of such a person is in part with most of us and it is none too good. If you wear a pacemaker to keep your heart going you’re probably glad to be alive but the pacemaker can never be as good as a healthy, natural heart.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:52 If you wear glasses you are to that extent a bionic person but two healthy strong eyes of your own are far better. The point is the equipment God gave us if far better if we take care of it. Take another example, test tube babies are highly touted in the press as an amazing scientific advance. A more realistic view leaves us with grounds to rethink the matter. The fact is that the press reports successes most readily in this area but not the failures.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:31 Almost 95% of all test tube babies die sometime during the process but this is not all. The work of Steptoe and Edwards showed an abnormality pregnancy rate of 50%. This puts a somewhat different light on test tube babies. Apart from the moral issues involved, the normal process of conception and birth is dramatically superior. A great deal of money is poured into a variety of experiments with life and birth. We have a growing scientific establishment with a vested interest in giving us a favorable report on their work. In all of this there are very serious moral issues.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:22 There is also the simple fact that the results of scientific efforts do not give us something better than God created but at best a crutch. Two great bionic achievements are eyeglasses and pacemakers. Another is the crutch for broken legs. These are good and useful things, but they are no substitute for good eyes a sound heart and sound bones. When people give us the idea that Bionic Man can be better, they are conning us and our life and freedom may be at stake. This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

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.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder