‘Hypocritical Guilt’ (by R. J. Rushdoony)

R. J. Rushdoony: Champion of Faith and Liberty – Christ Rules

R.J. Rushdoony wrote this short essay in 1988–and boy, does it ring true today!


The term “virtue signalling” didn’t exist in 1988, but we can recognize it in what he calls Phariseeism–wearing fake guilt as a badge of nobility, obsessing on the guilt of their fathers, their country, blah-blah, but never on their own sins–never their own! They’re “guilty” of things they did not do; because they’re so pure, they have to borrow other people’s sins!

You expect them to walk into a travel agency and say, “I’d like a guilt trip, please.”

And, Rushdoony adds, “Cheap forgiveness shows contempt for the cross.” It’s so easy to shed borrowed guilt! Just pony up the money, or the votes, or enact a few more absurd public policies–and you’re clean, hallelujah!

4 comments on “‘Hypocritical Guilt’ (by R. J. Rushdoony)

  1. Ive noticed that virtue signalling is very prominent among people that stand against biblical morality. Our sexual morals and respect for life are essential responsibilities which are required of us, as being made in God’s Image. When people abandon these, they seek to demonstrate their morality in other ways. Basically, they are deciding for themselves what is right and what is wrong and using virtue signalling to claim the right to make their own moral standards.

    1. And at the same time, they declare that there is no absolute truth–which of course makes their declaration, logically, untrue.

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