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The Foundations of Social Order: Studies in the Creeds and Councils of the Early

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Every social order rests on a creed, on a concept of life and law, and represents a religion in action. Wherever there is an attack on the organization of society, there is an attack on its religion. The basic faith of a society means growth in terms of that faith, but any tampering with its basic structure is revolutionary activity. The life of a society is its creed; a d

Paperback, 197 pages
Published by Chalcedon (first published June 1st 1978)
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Mar 18, 2013 John rated it liked it
What are the foundations of social order? Humanists will likely answer a well-functioning state with law and order. But what is the source of law? What is the role of the state? Rushdoony argues that the source of law is God. A well ordered society is founded upon a law order based on Trinitarian creeds such as was written at Chalcedon.

In fact, it is the Chalcedonian creed, that Rushdoony argues is the foundatiof of western liberty and prosperity. A society that embraces Trinitarianism recogniz
Peter B.
Jul 01, 2015 Peter B. rated it really liked it
This is an insightful look at the social implications of Christian doctrine, as that doctrine was expressed in the early creeds and councils. Whether they knew it or not, the church fathers who defended these doctrines laid down the foundations of Christendom. As Rushdoony argues, the separation of doctrine and life is a problem in our day. Doctrines do have social and political consequences. If the triune God's sovereignty is reduced in any way, it gives room for man to claim sovereignty for hi ...more
Mar 21, 2015 Suzannah rated it really liked it
Terrific overview of the ecumenical councils, plus the creeds, with special emphasis on the political ramifications of orthodox Christianity. I don't often come across theological terms that are completely new to me, but I'd never heard of Economic Appropriation. It actually shocked me how much of the foundations of Christianity I knew nothing about - like the church's insistence that in worshipping Christ we worship only his divine, and not his human, nature. An important book, excellent for an ...more
Steven Wedgeworth
Jun 14, 2011 Steven Wedgeworth rated it did not like it
Yeah... Rush's political paradigm skews his reading of the councils pretty bad. Despite his suggestions, the councils of Nicaea and Chalcedon were not heroic stands against the State. On the contrary, they were both called and enforced by the emperor. Rush's take on philosophy and which theologies would promote deification (or what that even meant in the early church) is also very weak. I would not recommend this one.
Troy Anderson
Mar 03, 2014 Troy Anderson rated it really liked it
Very good!
Giorgio Modolo
May 08, 2013 Giorgio Modolo rated it it was amazing
Rushdoony dimostra come i credi siano stati alla base delle libertà della civiltà occidentale e termina auspicando un loro ritorno nella fede delle persone per combattere il totalitarismo dello stato moderno.
Jeremy Walker
Jul 04, 2011 Jeremy Walker rated it it was amazing
This is a great study of the Church Creeds by R.J. Rushdoony. Great book. Very informative. Everyone has a creed, something that they believe, even if it is not written down on paper.
Douglas Wilson
Apr 01, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, theology
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Rousas John Rushdoony was a Calvinist philosopher, historian, and theologian and is widely credited as the father of both Christian Reconstructionism and the modern homeschool movement. His prolific writings have exerted considerable influence on the Christian right.
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