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Law & Liberty

All law is based upon morality, and morality is itself based upon religion. Therefore, when the religion of a people is weakened, so also is its morality undermined. The result is a progressive collapse of law and order, and the breakdown of society.

Men, though, see law as a limitation on their liberty, and Christianity is held to be the most restrictive with its emphasis upon Biblical law as the foundation for morality and liberty. Humanistic man wants total liberty, but he does not realize that total liberty leads only to total anarchy, and that leads to the death of law and liberty. Unless every man’s liberty is limited by law, no liberty is possible for any one.

In this concise volume, R. J. Rushdoony expounds on the central themes of the application of Biblical law to every area of life. This book is a great starting point to understanding Rushdoony’s larger expositions on Biblical law.

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1. Can We Legislate Morality?

2. The Sanctity of Life

3. Liberty: Limited or Unlimited?

4. The Politics of Pornography

5. Law and Nature

6. Law and the Future

7. Law and Authority

8. Law and Chaos

9. Law and Evolution

10. Law and Alchemy

11. Law and Academic Freedom

12. Law and Magic

13. Law and Government

14. Law and Property

15. The Family and Property

16. The Family and Inheritance

17. The Functions of the Family

18. The Foundations of the Family

19. Justice and the Common Law

20. Lands Without Justice

21. The Death of God and the Law

22. Marxist Law

23. The  Absurdity of Parenthood Today

24. Custom and Morality

25. The Anniversary of Communism

26. Nepotism and the Law

27. The Flight from Life

28. The Flight from Knowledge

29. Socialism as a Perpetual Civil War

30. Politics and Education

31. Planning for Famine

32. The Will To Death

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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