Rushdoony: ‘The End Game of Humanistic Law’

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

R.J. Rushdoony’s essays, written in the 1970s and 80s and collected in Roots of Reconstruction, seem even more applicable today than they were back then. Like this one, for instance:

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/the-end-game-of-humanistic-law

What are the three guiding principles of humanistic law? Answers Rushdoony: control of other people (the more, the better), redistribution of wealth and property, and enforced conformity.

You’re not going to tell me that’s changed, are you?

Humanism is this weird ideology–or rather, a species of false religion–that preaches the perfectibility of man by man–through coercion, violence, and deceit. Breakin’ the eggs to make the omelet. Because the end game is an earthly paradise, any and all means to that end are justified.

Even stealing an election.

‘The Sex-Bots Are Coming’ (2016)

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Never mind a picture of a sex-bot, they’re all horrible. Here’s a nice kudu instead.

This was forecast as the big cultural trend of 2016–

The Sex-Bots Are Coming

Yeah! Who needs flesh-and-blood people, with souls and feelings, when a fancy machine can provide you with all the companionship, nd all the sex, you’ll ever need? Okay, you could have long heart-to-heart talks with your toaster-oven, but robots are cooler.

It’s a wonder our freedom and prosperity have lasted as long as they have.

‘UK Christianity: Is It Over?’

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I think of the British martyrs, going all the way back to Saints Aaron and Julius, and St. Alban, in Roman times–and if grieves me to see the state of our mother country. Not that we’re exactly swimming in holiness on this side of the Atlantic.

UK Christianity: Is It Over?

Reading British fiction gives me the impression that Christianity was in deep trouble in Britain over a hundred years ago. And the two world wars didn’t help.

But, oh, depressing thought! Replacing God, replacing Jesus Christ Our King, with your… “friends.”

I don’t think I can think of anything more hopeless than that.

Trying to be a Cheerleader (with Bonus Hymn)

Among people who know me well, the word “optimist” is not likely to spring to mind. But as a member of the Chalcedon Foundation’s ministry, I can’t indulge that aspect of my personality. I have to try to be a cheerleader. My editor, Susan, thinks that’s a very funny position for me to occupy.

Listen to the hymn while I collect my thoughts. John Bunyan and Maddy Prior are better morale officers than I could ever be.

This is a dark period in history. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t know that. We try to defend our Christian culture, but the ungodly attack from all directions. And I wind up writing about it, which doesn’t exactly pump me up and which I’m sure is no picnic for my readers. But we can’t just stand there and say everything is peachy, can we?

Everything is not peachy, and we might as well know it. If the human race were actually to do all the things that the ungodly insist we do, it would surely go extinct. Even if they got their world government, it would soon have no one left to govern.

What can any of us say? Trust in God and in His word, pray, comfort and support each other, speak nothing but the truth, put our heads down and work in Christ the King’s service–and grab a laugh when we can get it.

Because the last laugh will be God’s: He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh (Psalm 2: 4).

When ‘Science’ Sounded Like Himmler

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You wouldn’t think I could get into much trouble, reading a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery by Dorothy L. Sayers. The one I’m reading now is Gaudy Night, set at a women’s college in Oxford. It’s important to remember, at all times, that this was published in 1936.

Consider this bit of conversation. One character, opposed to capital punishment, says murderers must be “kept from doing further harm. But they ought not to be punished and they certainly ought not to be killed.”

To which one of her fellow academics replies, “I suppose they ought to be kept in hospitals at vast expense, along with other unfit specimens… Speaking as a biologist, I must say I think public money might be better employed. What with the number of imbeciles and physical wrecks we allow to go about and propagate their species, we shall end by devitalizing whole nations.”

“Miss Schuster-Slatt [an American] would advocate sterilization,” said the Dean.

“They’re trying it in Germany, I believe,” said Miss Edwards [the biologist]. ****

Hello? Did someone invite Heinrich Himmler to give a series of guest lectures at this college?

Well, no. They were just talkin’ eugenics, which was Settled Science once upon a time, between the world wars. The West–primarily Britain and America–was talkin’ it, and passing laws against reproduction by “the unfit”; but in Nazi Germany they shifted eugenics into high gear and started killing people. After all, it’s a sure way of getting rid of the unfit.

And Margaret Sanger founded Planned Parenthood, to get rid of the unfit by means of abortion.

So we had all this Nazi stuff floating around in our culture, believed in by the best and smartest people, no one dared venture into Eugenics Denial for fear of being mocked and cast out of polite society.

A lot of people shut up about eugenics after it became well known how the Nazis put it to work. The word “eugenics” fell out of use. Nobody wanted to sound like Himmler.

But it was there–respected, exalted, socially acceptable, absolutely a part of our culture. In Gaudy Night we see it in Britain in 1936, before the Nazis started bombing London.

We see it even more vividly in Agatha Christie’s Curtain, written during World War II but not published till 1975. The ideas most commonly associated with the Third Reich were deemed respectable in Britain–even while the Germans were attacking and it was an open question whether Britain would survive.

The evils of our own day have deep roots. Very deep indeed.

May Jesus Christ defend us.

 

‘How Dare You?’

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This is a stand-up-and-cheer piece by Andrea Schwartz, published by Chalcedon earlier this month.

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/how-dare-you

Are you tired of pompous secular fat-heads rubbing our faces in it, and daring Christians to do anything about it? They’re the Philistines, amply equipped with Goliaths.

But our best move, Andrea says, is to “equip self-governing Christians to stand up to the despotic bullies of our day.” Not to spoil the article for you, but I just can’t resist quoting her here.

“You come against us with laws and oppressive mandates to silence and marginalize us, but we come against you in the name of the LORD almighty…”

 

London Murder Rate Soars

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As our feeble humanist civilization continues to melt down, the city of London posted its highest murder rate of the decade–149 dead, 90 of them stabbed to death with knives, and 42 murders “gang-related” (https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/01/04/khans-london-murder-rate-reaches-decade-high/).

How’s that post-Christian thing workin’ out for ya?

It wasn’t an all-time record, though. In 2008 London had 154 murders.

These figures do not include serious assaults in which the victim survived.

Londoners, for the most part, are not allowed legally to own guns for self-defense. Take the knives away, and it’ll be blunt instruments that do the killing.

London has closed-circuit TV cameras all over the place, but that doesn’t seem to be working.

Why so many murders?

Kill the culture, and it will kill you back. But then you can’t tear down and re-engineer society without killing the culture, can you? A lesson which the world’s Far Left Crazy ruling class refuses to learn.

‘UK School Threatens to Brand 8-Year-Olds as Racists’ (2013)

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“You dirty little racists, you!”

The more I think about these news stories I’ve posted over the year, the more I begin to realize R.J. Rushdoony was right–Far Left Crazy, secular humanism, really is destroying itself. Like f’rinstance:

UK School Threatens to Brand 8-Year-Olds as Racists

All the “progressive” things they do are progress only to the pit. Go ahead, tell me how it benefits anyone to have a “racist” label slapped on an 8-year-old kid, by some damnfool of a schoolmarm, that’ll follow him wherever he goes–just because his mommy didn’t send him on a field trip.

Nothing these people “achieve” benefits society. Unless you think live birth abortion and “gay marriage” are benefits. But if you do… well, you’re one of them.

Gillette Boards the ‘Trans’ Express

Why do private companies and corporations always hop aboard whatever bandwagon of perversion is about to leave the station?

Are the Gillette board of directors honestly convinced that a girl can “transition” into a boy? Really? If they are, they are deluded. And if they don’t believe it–why produce this commercial? I can’t think of a single sane or wholesome reason for it.

Because truth must be heard, it must be stated again that there is no such thing as “transgender.” There are only deluded people who say they are. You can have surgery and hormones from now till Doomsday, and every chromosome in your body will remain either male or female, just as they were when you were in the womb.

I have never in my life seen anything pushed so fanatically, so fast, as the “transgender” movement. Nor have I ever seen any movement whose premise was so flagrantly unreal.

O Lord our God! Remember that these things are done without our consent, against our will, and over our objections! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

‘Irrational Humanism’ Explained

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I’ve been waiting eagerly to share this with you!

https://chalcedon.edu/resources/articles/irrational-humanism-the-reasoned-application-of-a-false-worldview

Why is the Far Left Crazy so crazy? Why are we confronted with so much sheer loopiness–“transgender,” “open borders,” “everything is racist,” and so on, endlessly–which, far from landing its proponents in the madhouse where they belong, are offered to us as genuine public policy options? Options that we’d seize in a New York minute, if we weren’t racists and biggits etc.

Mark Rushdoony explains it clearly and convincingly. It’s their ideology that makes them so patently irrational. In their Darwin-inspired world view, chaos and revolution equal “progress,” and it’s always a good thing to tear down the old to make place for the new–never mind their relative merits, new is always better!

There is a method in their madness.

That’s why they must be utterly defeated. May God equip us for that righteous task!