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Systematic Theology (In Two Volumes)

Rousas John Rushdoony

Theology belongs in the pulpit, the school, the workplace, the family and everywhere. Society as a whole is weakened when theology is neglected. Without a systematic application of theology, too often people approach the Bible with a smorgasbord mentality, picking and choosing that which pleases them. This two-volume set addresses this subject in order to assist in the application of the Word of God to every area of life and thought.

Systematic Theology (2 Volumes) – Index

Volume I




I. Infallibility

1. Infallibility: An Inescapable Concept

2. Infallibility and Immanence

3. The Dependent Word of Man

4. Infallibility and Meaning

5. The Canon of Covenant Law

6. The Command Word

7. Infallible Man

8. The Infallible Act and Word

9. The Infallible Moment

10. Who Speaks the Word?

11. The Word of Dominion

12. The Word of Flux

13. The Word and History

14. The Infallible Word

15. Moloch Man and the Word of God

16. Infallibility and the World of Faith


II. The Necessity For Systematic Theology

1. The Necessity for Systematic Theology

2. Causality and Systematics

3. The Systematics of Common Life

4. The Coherency of Scripture

5. The Limits of Systematic Theology

6. Abstract Theology

7. Systematics and Possibility

8. Systematics and Proof

9. Practical Systematics

10. Faith

11. Systematic Anthropology

12. Inevitable Systematics

13. Neoplatonic Systematics

14. The Goal of Systematics

15. Systematics and Lordship

16. The Search for a Master Principle

17. Abstractionism

18. Seminary Systematics

19. Anti-Abstractionism


III. Creation and Providence

1. Creation and Holiness

2. The Goodness of Creation

3. Creation and Providence

4. The Joy of Creation in Providence

5. Neoplatonism and Providence

6. Creation as Revelation

7. Calvin on Providence

8. Naturalistic Providence

9. Providence and Historiography

10. The Unity of Our Faith

11. Providence and Prayer

12. Creationism and Prayer

13. Providence, Faith, and Piety

14. Providence and the Sabbath

15. Creation, Providence, and Responsibility

16. Creation, Providence, and Eschatology

17. Humanistic Providence


IV. The Doctrine of God

1. The Doctrine of God

2. The Trinity and Subordination

3. God, Logic, and Reality

4. The Incomprehensibility of God

5. God’s Eternalness

6.The Aseity of God

7. Idolatry

8. God the Father

9. God the Son

10. God the Spirit

11. Sovereignty, Government, and Providence

12. God and Creation

13. Predestination

14. “Why Hast Thou Made Me Thus?”


V. The Doctrine of Christ

1. “The Seed of the Woman”

2. The Promise of Abraham

3. Shiloh

4. Dominion

5. The Prophet

6. The Lion and His Cubs

7. The Canopy

8. The Wonderful Counsellor

9. Rights

10. Our New Adam, Jesus Christ

11. Jesus Christ as Lord

12. The Cosmic Christ

13. The Wisdom of God

14. The Word

15. The Divine Exegesis

16. “The Alpha and the Omega“

17. Christ the Savior

18. The Ruler

19. The Great High Priest

20. The great Prophet

21. The King

22. King Adam II


VI. The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

1. The Giver of Life

2. The Spirit and the Kingdom

3. The Spirit of Jubilee

4. The Spirit and Bezaleel

5. Saul and the Spirit

6. The Spirit and Epistemology

7. The Spirit and the Incarnation

8. The Coming of the Spirit

9. The Presence of the Spirit

10. Power

11. The Unchanging Spirit

12. The Sin Against the Spirit

13. “The Communion of the Holy Ghost“

14. The Spirit and Authority

15. The Spirit of Adoption

16. The Spirit and the Resurrection

17. “Try the Spirits“

18. The Weak and the Strong

19. The Spirit, the Law, and Judgment

20. “Grieve Not the Holy Spirit of God”

21. “Quench Not the Spirit”

22. “I Will Not Leave You Orphans”

23. The Fruits of the Spirit


VII. The Covenant

1. The Covenant

2. Is There a Covenant of Works?

3. The Covenant and Land

4. Covenant Faithfulness

5. The Blood of the Covenant

6. Covenant Curses and Blessings

7. The Kinsman-Redeemer

8. The Cities of Refuge

9. Covenant Celebrations

10. Oath and Covenant

11. The Civil Government

12. Blood and Life

13. The Covenant and Seed

14. The Covenant and Election

15. The Marriage Covenant

16. The Plague of Blood

17. The Covenant and the Name

18. Breaking the Covenant

19. The Covenant and the Body

20. The Covenant and the Mediator

21. Messiahship, Covenant, and Sovereignty

22. Covenant Salvation


VIII. The Theological Nature of Sin

1. The Religious Nature of Sin

2. The Origin of Sin

3. Total Depravity

4. Sin as Deprivation

5. Sin and Society

6. Sin as Personal Fulfillment

7. Sin and Matter

8. Sin and False Perfectionism

9. Sin as a Political Asset

10. Fables

11. The View of Sins as Virtues

12. Sin and Sins

13. Sin and Fantasy

14. Sin and Passover

15. Sin as Privilege and Right

16. The Kingdom of Sin, or the Kingdom of Man

17. Sin and Law (1)

18. Sin and Law (2)

19. Sin and Desecration

20. The Eschatology of Sin

21. Sin and Righteousness

22. The Lie


IX. The Order Salutis

1. The Order Salutis

2. Salvation

3. Humanistic Salvation

4. Salvation: Anthropology or Theology?

5. Cosmic Salvation

6. Polytheistic Salvation

7. The Evangel or Gospel

8. Election

9. Predestination

10. Regeneration

11. Effectual Calling

12. Conversion: Faith and Repentance 

13. Justification

14. Sanctification

15. Preservation

16. Perseverance

17. Glorification (1)

18. Glorification (2)

19. Glorification (3)

20. Glorification (4)

21. “Feed My Sheep”


X. Atonement

1. Expiation and Atonement

2. Our Atonement by Jesus Christ

3. Atonement and Responsibility

4. Vicarious Sacrifice

5. Imputation

6. Blood

7. Sacrifice

8. Legal Satisfaction

9. Imputation and Sacrifice

10. The Doctrine of Ransom

11. Forgiveness

12. Sado-Masochism

13. The Unatoned

14. The Atoned


XI. Justification

1. Justification

2. The Sociology of Justification

3. Justification By Faith

4. False Justification

5. Repression

6. Justification by Law

7. Justification by Victimization

8. Toleration and Intolerance

9. “The Just Shall Live By Faith”

10. Justification and the Will to Fiction

11. Justification by Indictment

12. The Person of God

13. Justification and History

14. Justification and Eternity

15. Pragmatic Justification

16. Justification by Logic

17. Justification and the Doctrine of God

18. Justification and the Freedom of Man in Christ

Volume 2


XII. Doctrine of the Church

1. Introduction

2. Faith and the Church

3. Circumcision

4. Government

5. Training for Governing

6. The Passover

7. The Sabbath

8. The Assembly or Congregation

9. The Holy Assembly

10. The House of God

11. Ministers

12. Presbyters

13. Ritual

14. The Laying of Hands

15. The Joyful and Healing Church

16. Authority

17. Fringes and Tassels

18. Baptism

19. Communion

20. The Ark and the Presence

21. Laymen and the Church

22. Women and the Church

23. The Foundation Rock

24. Loosing and Binding

25. One Flock, One Shepherd

26. Apostolic Succession

27. Unity

28. The Church of the Resurrection

29. The Church as Witness

30. The Church as Property and Function

XIII. Eschatology

1. The Meaning of Eschatology

2. The Eschaton and Man

3. Law as Eschatology

4. Eschatology and the Covenant

5. Eschatology of everyday Life

6. Eschatology in “Nature”

7. The Restoration of the Earth

8. The Eschatology of Covenant Man

9. Captivity and Restoration

10. The Eschatology of Bones

11. The Restoration of God’s Order

12. Eschatology and Prayer

13. Eschatology and Causality

14. The Necessary Connection

15. Motivation

16. The Real Presence and Eschatology

17. The Body

18. The Body and Christ

19. The Body of Humiliation

20. “A Body Hast Thou Prepared For Me”

21. The Resurrection Body

22. Judgment as Process and Event

23. Judgment as Crisis

24. The Covenant Consummation: The Last Judgment

25. The Covenant Consummation: Paradise

26. The Eschatology of Hell

27. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ

28. The New Creation

29.Typology and Eschatology

30. Eschatology and Man’s Kingly Office

31. Eschatology and Ma’s Priestly Office

32. Eschatology and Man’s Prophetic Office

XIV. The Doctrine of Man

1. “A Little Lower Than Judges”

2. “What is Man?”

3. Christ’s Resurrection and the Doctrine of Man

4. The Predetermined Life of Man

5. Male and Female

6. The Blessing of Man

7. God’s Oath-Man

8. Citizens of Life or Death

9. Adam and Christ

10. Man in Adam and Christ

11. “After the Image”

12. Man’s “Rights”

13. Non-Private Man

14. Non-Public Man

15. Guilt and Freedom

16. Guilt and the Slave Society

17. Man’s System

18. The Culmination of Man’s System

19. Life and Death

XV. Theology of the Land

1. Atonement for the Land

2. The Dominion Mandate

3. The Curse and the Covenant

4. God and the Land

5. The Law of Diverse Kinds

6. The Redemption of the Land

7. The Land and the Poor

8. Communion and Community

9. The Sabbath of the Land and Man

10. Debt and Future

11. The Covenant and Land

12. Sacred Land

13. The Holy Spirit and the Tithe

14. Freedom and the Land

15. Salvation and the Land

16. The Land and Holiness

17. The Land Defiled

18. Man Defiled

19. Disinheritance

20. Judgment

XVI. Theology of Work

1. Vocation and Work

2. Work and the Curse

3. Government as a Monopoly, or, The Politics of Death

4. Work and Confusion

5. Bramble Men

6. The Babel State

7. The Work of Christ

8. Work Versus Theft

9. Work and Dominion

10. Work and Just Measures

11. The Eschatology of Work

12. Holy Offices

13. Hierarchical Work

14. The Work Ethic

15. Work, Rest, and Leisure

16. The Clean Society 

17. Work and Rest

18. The Prophetic Nature of Work

19. Faith and Work

XVII. Time

1. The Moral Question

2. Eternity and Time

3. Time and History

4. Time, History, and Meaning

5. The Infallibility of Time

6. Time and Apostolic Succession

7. Dreams and the Determination of Time

8. The Philosophy of Time and the Sabbath

9. Time and the Idea

10. Calendar Time

11. Time, Sin, and Death

12. Biblical Time and History

13. The Logic of Time

14. The Hatred of Time

15. Theological

16. Future Time

XVIII. Authority

1. Author and Authority

2. Man’s Relationship to Authority

3. “The Power of His Resurrection“

4. “The Spirit of Adoption”

5. Living Under Authority

6. Authority and Power

7. Undermining Authority

8. Authority and False Responsibility

9. Authority and Ministry

10. “By What Authority?”

11. The Purpose of Authority

12. The Source of Authority

13. Authority, Primary and Secondary

14. The Cherubim

15. The Seraphim

16. Satanic Authority

17. Authority, Justice, and Men

18. The Power to Kill

19. Authority and Life

XIX. Prayer

1. Prayer

2. Matthew 6:8 and Prayer

3. John Calvin and Prayer

4. The Cure for Blindness

5. “Hallowed Be Thy Name:” Prayer and the Future

6. “Give Us This Day:” Prayer and the Present

7. Forgiveness and Prayer

8. “Lead Us Not into Temptation:” Reality and Prayer

9. The Doxology

10. Asking and Receiving

11. Prayer and Gratitude

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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