Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Quotable Theonomy: Humanistic Salvation by Law (R. J. Rushdoony)

"[O]ur increasingly humanistic laws, courts, and legislators are giving us a new morality. They tell us, as they strike down laws resting upon Biblical foundations, that morality cannot be legislated, but what they offer is not only legislated morality but salvation by law … Wherever we look now, whether with respect to poverty, education, civil rights, human rights, peace, and all things else, we see laws passed designed to save man. Supposedly, these laws are going to give us a society free of prejudice, ignorance, disease, poverty, crime, war, and all other things considered to be evil. These legislative programs add up to one thing: salvation by law."

Rousas John Rushdoony, Law and Liberty (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1984), 2, 3.

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