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The One And The Many: Studies In The Philosophy Of Order And Ultimacy

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The question of where ultimacy lies should be central to the Christian. It is easy to see the social implications of allowing priority to fall to either the one or the many. This volume examines in-depth the Christian solution to the problem of the one and the many the Trinitarian God. Only in the godhead is this dilemma resolved. Only in the Trinity does there reside an e ...more
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Published 1971
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Nov 22, 2012 Suzannah rated it it was amazing
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This book was a revelation.

Throughout history, philosophers have wrestled with the question: Which is more important, the individual or society? In this erudite, scholarly, and magisterial work Rushdoony discusses the solution provided by the Trinitarian God of Scripture. In God, both the One and the Many are equally ultimate. Neither the individual nor the collective can claim sole ultimacy.

With this presupposition, Rushdoony then gives an overview of the history of Western philosophy from Sume
Jacob Aitken
I've wrestled with what I thought on this book for a while. It's fashionable to critique Rush along the lines of oversimplifying things and simply getting the facts wrong. He certainly does that. However, the more I reflect on it the more I suspect he was on to something. He makes the connection between Thomas Aquinas and secularization, even hinting that Thomas' ontology is directly culpable.

There are fascinating parts on Dante and Kantorowicz's thesis.

I balk at his Van Tillian "equal ultimacy
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Jun 12, 2011 Steven Wedgeworth rated it did not like it
This one broke me. Rushdoony is such an uncharitable reader, and he just gets too many of his opponents wrong. When I got to the part where he calls Richard Hooker an Arian, I knew the game was over. Farewell Rush. I bid you good night.
Feb 19, 2013 John rated it really liked it
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Rushdoony's work is heavily predicated upon the philosophy of Cornelius Van Til, as most readers of Rushdoony know. "The One and the Many" is an extension of Van Til's philosophy on the philosophical term which Van Til recognizes as the central question facing philosophy--how does the one relate to the many? Or how do universals relate to particulars? The question is ultimately one of authority. What is the final source of authority--metaphysical, governmental, relational, etc.?

Rushdoony argues
G Walker
I really enjoyed this volume... I think it can be distracting to some to engage some of what he says with a wooden literalism. yes, Rushdoony did want to be taken seriously and at face value... but it seems to me, some of his critics ultimately use a "biblicist" hermeneutic on him and then find an error or two then dismiss him. You can't approach a text like Rushdoony the way a fundamentalist/dispensationalist approaches the book of Daniel or the Revelation of Christ by St. John. To do this is t ...more
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Deep, valid scholarship.
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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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“For Dewey, the Great Community was the basic fact of history. The individual and the soul were invalid concepts, man was truly man, not as an individual, but as after Aristotle, in society and supremely in the State. Thus, for Dewey, true education mean not the development of the individual in terms of learning, but his socialization.

Progressive education... educates the individual in terms of particular facts of the universe without reference to God, truth, or morality.”
“The question which haunts the dialectical culture is this: how to have unity without totally undifferentiated and meaningless oneness? If all things are basically one, the differences are meaningless, divisions false, and definitions are sophistications, in that the tyranny, or destiny, of oneness is the truth of all being. But, if all things are basically many, and if plurality is ultimate, then the world dissolves into unrelated particulars and becomes, as some thinkers insist, not a universe but a multiverse, and every atom is in a sense its own law and being. The first leads to the breakdown of differences and the liberty of atomistic individualism and particularity; the second is the breakdown of fundamental law into nihilism and the retreat of men and their arts into isolated and private universes” 0 likes
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