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An Informed Faith:

The Position Papers of Rousas John Rushdoony

Our faith should be an informed one because the God who created all things speaks to every sphere of life, and all facts should be studied in light of the revelation of God in Scripture. This is the foundation of Christian dominion.

For R. J. Rushdoony, true government was the self-government of the Christian life in terms of God’s law, so he wrote his position papers to better equip Christians to apply their faith to all of life. His objective was not to empower the state, or the organized church, but rather to call every person and institution to God’s Word, which often put him at odds with both church and state.

This three-volume collection of his position papers (1979-2000) are organized topically and are featured for the first time with an extensive index which will make this material far more accessible to the studious reader.

This beautiful three-volume collection of hardback books topically organizes ALL of Rushdoony’s position papers (not only the 115 originally published in Roots of Reconstruction, but also 118 later essays, including six recently discovered unpublished papers).

An Informed Faith (3 Volumes) – Index

The Position Papers of Rousas John Rushdoony

VOLUME I

Foreward

CULTURE

01. Our World Today

02. The Cultural Conflict

03. The Lost Center

04. The Cultivation and Promotion of Impotence

05. Curzonization

06. The New Racism

07. The Communion of the Saints

08. Communion and Communications

09. On Giving to the Rich, the Middle Class, and the Lower Class

10. The Ultimate Pornography

11. The Dying Enlightenment

12. The Myth of Socialization

13. The Eschatology of Death

14. The Love of Death

15. Reality, Faith, and Architecture

16. Inheritance, Barbarism, and Dominion

17. The Old Order

RECONSTRUCTION

18. “First the Blade”

19. The Wheat and the Tares

20. Revolution or Regeneration

21. Great and False Expectations

22. The Menace of the Future?

23. Sufficient unto the Day

DOMINION

24. Antinomianism Versus Dominion

25. World Salvation Versus World Domination

26. Religious Liberty and Dominion

27. False Religions

28. The Roots of Environmentalism

29. The Future is the Lord’s

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

30. Faith and Understanding

31. The Use and Abuse of Worship and Prayer

32. Against Much Praying

33. Perfection

34. The Heresy of Unconditional Love

35. The Heresy of Love

36. Absolutizing the Relative

37. Holiness Versus Perfectionism

38. Maturity

39. Hypocritical Guilt

40. The Sins of the Fathers

THE FAMILY

41. The Family

42. The Family

43. The Attack Against the Family

44. Social Planning and the Family

45. The Definition of Man

46. The Failure of Men

47. The Place of Women

48. The Paradise of Women

ECONOMICS & CAPITALISM

49. The Doctrine of Debt

50. The Love of Money

51. Karma, Debt, and the Sabbath

52. Man and the State

53. The Trouble with Social Security

54. He Militarization of Life

55. Ownership

56. The Decapitalization of Mankind

57. Wealth

58. Wealth, Responsibility, and Cowardice

59. Wealth and Heirship

60. Wealth and the City

61. Wealth and the State

HISTORY

62. Our Doxology

63. The Pagan Critiques of Christianity

64. He Failure of Church History

65. Latitudinarianism

66. The Dark Ages

67. Wealth, Time, and History

68. Social Amnesia

69. Living in the Past

EDUCATION

70. Aristotle Versus Christ

71. Education and Decadence 

72. Education as a Panacea

73. The Restoration of Education

CONFLICT

74. Conflict with the State

75. In the Name of Jesus Christ, or in the Name of Caesar?

76. Conflict Versus Harmony

VOLUME II

 

Ecclesiology

77. Accreditation and Certification

78. The freedom of the Church

79. Baptism and Citizenship

80. Heretical Baptism

81. Sin, Confession, and Dominion

82. Confessing Other People’s Sins

83. The Church as Function

84. Proxy Religion

85. The Counseling Heresy 

86. Altar Versus Pulpit

87. Basilicas

88. The Antichurch Within the Church

89. The Retreatists 

90. Faith

91. Catholicity

92. The Heresy of Democracy with God

93. He Way

94. Masochism and Antinomianism 

95. The Lust for Respectability

96. The Doctrine of Grace

97. Pragmatism

98. Revolution, Counter-Revolution, and Christianity

99. Capturing god?

100. The Possessor of Truth

101. The Source of Law

102. Incorporation 

THEOLOGY & DOCTRINE

103. Box Theology

104. Covenant Versus Detente

105. Covenant Versus Contract

106. Covenant, Law, Grace, and Antinomianism

107. Discontinuity and Antinomianism 

108. False Antinomies

109. He Incarnation

110. Demonism

111. He Providence of God

SIN & EVIL

112. The Doctrine of Original Sin

113. Original Sin

114. The Freedom to Sin

115. The Opposite of Sin

116. Sin and Evil

117. Conspiracies

118. Loyalties

119. The Reversal of Standards

BIBLICAL LAW

120. The Meaning of Theocracy

121. The Source of Law

122. Natural Law and Theonomy

123. Natural Law and Canon Law

124. The Limitations of Law

125. Inferences and Commandments

126. Inferences and the Law

127. The Law, the State, and the People

128. The Meaning of the Sabbath

129. The Sabbath

130. The Tax Revolt Against God

131. Biblical Military Laws

132. God’s Law

133. Justice and Torture

MAN

134. Persona

135. The Flight from Responsibility

136. “Empty Suits”

137. The Death of God and the Death of Man

138. Man’s Hatred for Man

139. False Morality and False Reform

140. The Cult of Victimization

141. Hypocrisy

142. Detachment

143. The Definition of Insanity

144. Bigotry in the Name of Tolerance

AUTHORITY

145. Faith and Logic

146. Presuppositionalism 

147. Jurisdiction: By Christ or by Caesar?

148. Sovereignty 

149. The Question of Authority

150. The Self-Righteousness of Satan

151. The Crisis of Authority

152. Atonement and Authority

153. Ownership and Authority

AUTONOMY

154. Autonomy

155. Reality

156. Knowledge

157. Dethroning God

VOLUME III

 

HERESIES

158. Heresy

159. The Spirit of Heresy

160. Gnosticism

161. Modern Gnosticism

162. Docetism, the Crippling Heresy 

163. Docetism and the Mandate for Dominion

164. Marcionism

165. The Montanist Outlook

166. The Carpocratian Heresy

167. The Carpocratian Heresy

168. The Carpocratians 

169. The Manichaean Heresy Today

170. Monarchianism 

171. The Heresy of Modalism 

172. Donatism 

173. The Implications of Arianism 

174. Pelagianism 

175. Pelagianism

176. The Cathars

177. Pietism 

178. Pietism Revisited

179. The Cartesian Heresy

180. Quietism 

181. The Great Fear and the Great Faith

182. The Heresy of Theosis

183. Kenosis: The Great Modern Heresy

184. Kenoticism, the “Gospel” of Defeat

185. The Mystery Religions

186. Monergism and Synergism

PHILOSOPHIES

187. Titanism 

188. Catharsis

189. The Myth of Nature

190. The Hegelian Revolution

191. Invisible Rulers

192. Reason and Rationalism

193. Descartes and Rationalism

194. Rationalism and the Mind of Man

195. Rationalism and Heresy

196. The Bankruptcy of Rationalism

197. Rationalism and History

198. Rationalism and Tyranny

199. Rationalism and the Chain of Being

200. Rationalism and God

LIBERTY

201. Religious Liberty Versus Religious Toleration

202. Liberty

203. Religious Liberty

204. The Changed Meaning of Liberty

205. Freedom and Responsibility

206. Vouchers, Freedom, and Slavery

207. The Nature of Freedom

208. Conflicting Ideas of Freedom

209. Poverty, Charity, and Freedom

210. The Holy Spirit and Freedom

211. Guilt, Atonement, and Freedom

212. Guilt

213. The Risk-Free Life

214. Slavery

215. The Privatization of Morality and Social Decay

AMERICANISM

216. The Political Illusion

217. Noninterventionism as a Constitutional Principle

218. Serbia, The United States, and Christianity

STATISM

219. The State as the Embodiment of Morality?

220. No God, No Law

221. The New Tower of Babel

222. Nationalism

223. The Open Face of Religion

224. Adiaphorism and Totalitarianism

225. State Interest Versus Public Interest

226. Taxation

227. Morality and Growth

228. The Dream of Reason

229. The Recovery of Memory

230. Aristocracy

231. Elitism

POLITICS

232. The Political Myth

233. The Modern State as a False Messiah

234. “Politics Is About Evolution”

235. Law and Politics

236. Law Versus Right

237. What Is the State?

238. The Myth of Politics

239. The Death of Empty Forms

About the Author

The Ministry of Chalcedon

Endnotes

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