Revolt Against Maturity
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Revolt Against Maturity

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Revolt Against Maturity is a study of Biblical psychology. Biblical psychology contrasts sharply with a science of the mind based on the religious presuppositions of humanism, which regards man as having no constant nature. A science of the mind based on humanism views the mind as a clean slate, and man's nature as plastic to be molded by men and institutions in the image...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published 1987 by Ross House Books (first published 1977)
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Peter B.
A basic theme of this book is that man's psychology is to be understood in terms of creation, fall, and redemption. Man was created in a certain way (e.g. in the image of God in knowledge, righteousness, holiness, and with dominion) and he cannot escape that fact. Revolt from maturity (i.e. his created role under God) ends in frustration and death. Man either seeks his justification (from men) through destructive self-atonement or he receives his justification (from God) by Christ's atonement, l...more
The development of psychology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has provoked a response by Christian theologians to evaluate psychology in light of the Bible. In Revolt Against Maturity, R.J. Rushdoony brings the thought of Cornelius Van Til to bear upon psychology and the mind of man. One might expect to read a great deal of specific mental illnesses, symptoms, and causes. But instead, Rushdoony rejects the humanistic categories arguing, “If the Bible is right, mental health is a produc...more
I'm not sure of the best way to sum up this book; the author delved into the vast autonomy of the mind of man, bringing the light of truth to bear on many dark issues. Rushdoony gives quotes from differing perspectives to show the basis and extent of mans philosophic systems and contrasts them with the wisdom drawn from godly men who have gone before. From the title, I was not expecting what I found in this book, but it was good and well worth the read; the subtitle, A Biblical Psychology of Man...more
"Sin is destructive of man...a defiance of God and a supplanting of His law with man's will. The real enticement is not a particular sin, but the principle of sin: the desire for autonomy from God." ~RJR, page 14

May the Lord give us all a heart to love Him and delight in His law. "Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart." (Psa. 119:34) ~M
Brian Edwards
Still timely after many, many years.
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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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The Institutes of Biblical Law (Volume One) Law and Liberty By What Standard? An Analysis of the Philosophy of Cornelius Van Til The Foundations of Social Order: Studies in the Creeds and Councils of the Early The One And The Many: Studies In The Philosophy Of Order And Ultimacy

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