(Collaborative Study Questions for Law & Liberty by R.J. Rushdoony)
What is the Inductive Catechism method?
The inductive catechistic method is a study application Providence employs in our men’s group. This initiative grew out of a conviction to redeem the cultural mandate beginning with taking dominion over our souls. Our intent is to address ground zero of Christian self-government. The scriptural basis for this vision is found in Hebrews 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” We share a conviction to hone the disciplines necessary for analytically engaging information to the glory of Christ. We labor to avoid the Hebrews indictments: “you have become dull of hearing…by this time you ought to be teachers…and everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness.” Whereas the Bible provides us the standard of learning as the ability to teach, we seek to hold our study methods and materials accountable to this goal. The inductive catechistic approach stimulates presuppositional thinking by postulating the questions our textbook inherently answers. Each group member writes a catechism for the chapter in question which he feels would demonstrate a mastery of the material. These Q&A lists are submitted for peer review at each meeting. After collaborating discussion, and eliminating redundancies, the final version is edited and posted on our web site as a practical resource for homeschooling, discipleship, supplemental reference, and the educational benefit of the greater body of Christ. Join us in coauthoring zeitgeist transfusing, philosophically Christ-centered curriculum!
Inductive Curriculum Q&A
Law & Liberty
Chapter One: How is the statement: You can't legislate morality a dangerous half truth?
Can We Legislate Morality?
1. Q: How is the statement: “You can’t legislate morality” a dangerous half truth?
A: While salvation is not possible by law, all law is nevertheless concerned with morality.
2. Q: What is the inextricable relationship of law to morality?
A: All law is enacted morality, or procedural thereto.
3. Q: What is a fundamental reality presumed in all law?
A: Right and wrong.
4. Q: What is the basic function of civil law in relationship to sin according to scripture?
A: To restrain according to Romans 13:1-4
5. Q: What Biblical commandment is the basis for slander, libel, and perjury laws?
A: “Thou shalt not bear false witness”
6. Q: What is the moral purpose of traffic laws?
A: To protect life and property and establish order.
7. Q: What is the presuppositional connection of law to religion?
A: All laws presuppose a moral system, and all morality presupposes a religion.
8. A: Why are laws different from one nation to another?
Q: Different nations have different religions and thus differing systems of morality.
9. Q: What kind of breakdown is the progressive result of weakening the religious foundations of a country?
A: The collapse of law and order and consequently society itself.
10. Q: What moral shift has the basis of American law sustained in modern times?
A: From a Biblical foundation to a humanistic one.
11. Q: What is the objective of humanistic law?
A: To legislate the salvation of man.
12: Q: What is the 3-fold purpose of civil law grounded on Biblical faith?
A: 1. To punish & restrain evil. 2. To protect life and property. 3. To provide justice for all people.
13. Q: What was the historical objective of American law?
A: To establish and maintain a system of law and order that is most conducive to Biblical society.
14. Q: If regeneration is not the purpose of the state, what is the true means of saving man?
A: The grace of God through Jesus Christ and the ministry of His Word – a task for religion.
15. Q: What are the two competing visions for salvation according to Galatians 2:16?
A: The works of the law vs. faith in Jesus Christ.
16. Q: What is the motive source for the religiously dedicated humanist legislator’s efforts?
A: Salvation by social acts of government.
17. Q: Who are the evil elements of society according to the humanistic perspective?
A: Any conspiring against the good of society by opposing plans of salvation by legislation.
18. Q: Why is the Bible barred from schools?
A: It stands in condemnation of the established religion of humanism.
19. Q: What is our basic source of corruption, contention, and confusion in modern life and politics?
A: We have two law theories and therefore two moral systems and two religions in conflict: Christianity and humanism.
20. Q: What is the logical foundation of most world religions?
A: Humanism and anti-theism.
21. Q: What is the inevitable fallout resulting from expectations for law it cannot achieve?
A: A breakdown of the results and efficacy of law throughout society.
22. Q: What will a return to the Christian common law foundation of America yield us?
A: A return to justice and order under law.
23. Q: What is the humanist’s counterfeit doctrine of heaven?
A: Peace on earth and good will among men by acts of state and works of law.
24. Q: How does humanism demonstrate its own missionary mindset?
A: Appropriations of money (foreign aid) and dedicated labor (humanitarian foreign policy) directed toward saving all nations and races from problems.
25. Q: What is the condition for productivity in the sum of our toil according to Psalm 127?
A: The Lord must be the architect and builder.
Chapter Two: How can the Bible logically ask us to impose the death penalty when it also forbids us to kill?
The Sanctity of Life
1. Q: How did Dr. Albert Schweitzer demonstrate he was religiously humanitarian as opposed to Christian?
A: His cardinal principle was an indiscriminate reverence for life not a reverence for Jesus Christ.
2. Q: What is ethically inferred if no moral distinctions are to be drawn or applied between men?
A: In declaring everything sacred, we hold nothing sacred.
3. Q: Without exception what is warfare and capital punishment to the humanitarian worldview?
A: Justice in these applications is rendered a crime against life and therefore murder.
4. Q: What does the Commandment: ‘thou shall not kill’ reveal in meaning relative to man’s authority over life?
A: God, as creator, owns everything and is therefore Lord over life and death.
5. Q: How does God describe the scope of His sovereignty according to Deut. 32:39?
A: “….there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.”
6. Q: life as a gift from God demands we embrace it according to what conditions?
A: Life must be lived on God’s terms, according to his law and will.
7. Q: Why is attempted suicide rightly a criminal offense?
A: Any life taken by anyone according to man’s wishes is murder because our life is not our own.
8. Q: What sentence does God pronounce for taking life according to our will?
A: Capital punishment (the death penalty) according to Genesis 9:6, Exodus 21:12, Num. 35:16 -18, Rom 13.
9. Q: How can the Bible logically ask us to impose the death penalty when it also forbids us to kill?
A: The 6th commandment declares the right to kill belongs solely to the author of life, thus limiting capitol punishment to a delegated power exclusively under commission from God according to His law.
10. Q: What are the definitive rolls of church and state according to Scripture?
A: As ministers of God the church presides over the ministry of the word, sacraments, and church discipline, while the civil government represents a ministry of justice commissioned to administer law and order under God.
11. Q: What is the hazard officers of both church and state incur without belief in, and faithfulness to God?
A: His wrath and judgement.
12. Q: The Ps 82 designation of ‘Elohim’ to officers of the state is indicative of what delegated authority?
A: The duty of killing men when they violate God’s laws.
13. Q: What responsibility does the civil magistrate bear with respect to the citizen and justice?
A: He must be impartial ( no respecter of persons) and he must levy the judgment of God.
14. Q: According to Ps 82:7…what is the inevitable result of perverting justice by failing to keep God’s laws?
A: God himself will bring judgment and capital punishment on a country that despises his law.
15. Q: What are two biblically derived legal principles that protect the rights of the criminal?
A: Innocence presumed until proven guilty, and corroborating testimony.
16. Q: According to Proverbs 28:4, how is our attitude toward evil defined by our fidelity to the law of God?
A: In upholding God’s law, we contend with the wicked. In shirking His law, we defend the wicked.
17. Q: What would influence a culture to consider a man proven guilty an object of pity?
A: A collective depravity forsaking the Law of God in their own hearts.
18. Q: What essential truth is denied when sociological excuses are offered for criminality?
A: The doctrine of personal, moral responsibility.
19. Q: How is blaming environmental factors for criminality morally upside down?
A: It justifies the criminal and renders him the victim.
20. Q: What disposition of the soul renders prayer itself an abomination?
A: Turning away one’s ear from hearing the law (Prov. 28:9).
21. Q: What ethical demand does the Bible make on warfare policy?
A: It must be justly reconciled with the godly use of the power to kill.
22. Q: What vision for freedom stands opposed to the existential notion that liberty is emancipation from law and morality?
A: The historic American position that true liberty is under God’s law according to the Christian faith.
23. Q: Contrary to a form of bondage, what does the law of God actually represent?
A: The condition of existence for men and societies.
24. Q: What are the consequences for the removal of men and societies from the environment of God’s law?
A: The collective execution of man, removing the ground of his moral, spiritual, and physical health.
25. Q: How is the Deut. 30:19 imperative to choose life according to God’s commands realized?
A: Through faith in Christ Jesus, who’s saving grace enables us to believe and obey the law of God.
26. Q: What is evident among those who tamper with God’s law or espouse any departure from it?
A: A hatred of life and love of death that self inflicts soul destruction (Prov. 8:36).
27. Q: What is the sin of presumption?
A: The acquiring for oneself of authority and power for which one has no warrant or right to take.
28. Q: What is the secular and profane view of life predominant today?
A: Life has no sanctity, it is simply a natural resource to exploit and reshape to our own tastes.
29. Q: What is the civic disposition of the presumptuous, self-willed, elitist ruling class?
A: An egotistical, intellectual pride contemptuous of God and other men.
30. Q: What is the practical effect of presumptuous sins on social theory and practice?
A: The actual hatred of all men in spite of mantras espousing equality and love.
31. Q: What do Num 15:29-31 and II Peter 2:10 declare of those who despise government?
A: They are guilty of the faithless sin of presumption.
32. Q: If unity is never found in man’s will, what is it’s true source?
A: Faith and obedience uniting men in Christ.
33. Q: What is the Biblical vision for government?
A: Government according to God’s Word, in terms of His law, as a ministry of justice.
Chapter Three: How are legislative concerns for moral standards and concerns for liberty reconciled?
Liberty: Limited or Unlimited?
1. Q: How are legislative concerns for moral standards and concerns for liberty reconciled?
A: By recognizing that true liberty is limited.
2. Q: Liberty has been defined as: “the state of being of being exempt from the domination of others or from restricting circumstances”, how is this statement problematic?
A: No one is free from the dominion of others or restricting circumstances except God Himself.
3. Q: What does one’s income, family, employer, and spouse represent relative to liberty?
A: All are necessary restricting circumstances limiting your liberty.
4. Q: What does God represent relative to our liberty?
A: He exercises supreme dominion over mankind.
5. Q: Liberty has also been defined as: “the power of voluntary choice- freedom from necessity”, how is this statement problematic?
A: No one is ever free from necessity in this life.
6. Q: How is any liberty possible
for any man?
A: Only when liberty is limited by law.
7. Q: What is the consequence of total liberty?
A: Anarchy: the death of both law and liberty.
8. Q: Why is unlimited liberty neither possible nor good?
A: Unlimited liberty for man is anarchy. It is destructive of both liberty and law.
9. Q: How should discernment be applied to discussions on liberty?
A: We must distinguish between the promotion of anarchy, tyrannical legislation, and legitimate limitations necessary in every area.
10. Q: What example limitations ought to be placed on the freedom of speech?
A: Slander, libel, endangering others, or otherwise necessary terms of order.
11. Q: What are the rightful conditions for speaking one’s mind?
A: Decency and order applied to what one says and how he says it.
12. Q: What are examples of just limitations on freedom of the press?
A: Liberty to publish does not justify demanding that speech be subsidized, steeling copywritten material, or publishing information violating the privacy of others.
13. Q: How should we proceed in society knowing that man and his laws will never be perfect in this life?
A: With realistic and working use of laws to further both human liberty and law?
14. Q: What is the justification for suppressing pornography through law?
A: It is the necessary imposition of limitations preventing moral anarchy for the maintenance of liberty.
15. Q: What is the historic understanding of the relationship of liberty to law?
A: The American system
and Christian faith define man’s liberty as under law.
16. Q: What is a historic purpose of law in the United States?
A: To further liberty by law.
17. Q: What is the legally antithetical premise of anarchism?
A: Liberty can be gained only by freedom from law.
18. Q: What is the inevitable consequence of moral anarchy?
A: Moral anarchy is destructive of liberty and is a prelude to statist tyranny.
19. Q: What was the Puritan; John Cotton’s premise basic to Colonial government in the United States?
A: It is necessary that all power on earth be limited.
20. Q: Is pornography permissible according to basic American law allowing freedom of speech and press?
A: No, pornography does not meet the necessary conditions of law and order.
21. Q: What is the purpose of appropriate legislation concerning pornography?
A: The furtherance of liberty by controlling menacing tyranny of the press.
22. Q: How is pornography destructive to social order and liberty?
A: It is an insistence on a so-called right of moral anarchy demanding anything goes especially if it is perverted.
23. Q: What laws should be applied to freedom of speech and press?
A: Laws promoting liberty by requiring responsibility.
24. Q: Whereas pornography is an insistence on moral anarchy, what is our relative social responsibility toward it?
A: To oppose it as hostile to law, order, and Christian morality in as much as it denies the very concept of law.
25. Q: What is the reinforcing relationship between liberty and responsibility?
A: Liberty is dependent upon responsibility and thus they strengthen each other.
26. Q: How can we experience the maximum amount of liberty?
A: The criminal law and the civil law must impose mutual limitations on all of us.
27. Q: What principle is important to remember with one speaks of defending liberty?
A: There is no area where freedom is unlimited.
28. Q: How do the 10 Commandments relate to liberty?
A: The structure of the 10 Commandments allows for maximum liberty for everyone. Limiting man’s ability to harm or slander his neighbor, and putting all men under the authority of God.
29. Q: How can we restore liberty in America?
A: Return to God’s law as the standard for our legal system.
Chapter Four: What is the political purpose of pornography?
The Politics of Pornography
1. Q: In drawing an ostensible distinction between obscenity and pornography, what did the novelist Henry Miller reveal?
A: The politics of both as the intentional destruction of law and moral order necessary for a revolutionary reordering of society.
2. Q: What are the implications of pornography considering it’s hostility to morality and law and favorability toward rebellion?
A: It thus maintains an implicit and/or explicit political and revolutionary purpose.
3. Q: What is the antithesis forced by pornography?
A: Moral restraint and sanctity of marriage are seen as bondage for man, a slavery that must be destroyed.
4. Q: How does the nature pornography pervert the nature of liberty in relationships?
A: It fans the flames of moral rebellion by portraying morality as dull and restrictive, while presenting immorality and perversion as exciting and liberating.
5. Q: What does pornography assume in its source of appeal?
A: The vitality, potency, and possibility of life are wrapped up in evil and therefore, to sin is to live.
6. Q: If the potency of life is reposited in evil, what is death to the pornographic worldview?
A: Marriage, law, order, and morality are logically then a death sentence.
7. Q: What is the gospel of salvation from the perspective of pornography?
A: Sin becomes the way of life, liberty, and salvation according to the religious faith of the pornographer.
8. Q: What do Manichaeism, pornography, and chaos cults have in common?
A: They present sin as life and salvation.
9. Q: What motive force does adultery share with pornography?
A: The fear of missing out on life if one does not sin.
10. Q: What does morality represent to the pornography-tolerant society?
A: The dead hand of the past seeking to bind by superstition and fear.
11. Q: If the destiny of man is to be free from law, what stands in his way?
A: In this frame of mind, man’s greatest enemies are religion, morality, and law.
12. Q: What is the city of man, or the humanistic vision for the state?
A: To create a truly human order in terms of man’s liberty from God.
13. Q: As proposed in the “Second Annual Conference of Socialist Scholars”; what are three stated socialistic imperatives?
A: 1) The establishment of a collectivist society,2) the destruction of the monogamic middle-class family, and 3) complete freedom of sexual life.
14. Q: What is the nature of slavery and freedom according to socialism?
A: Man must be exempt from the slavery of worship, morality, and religion, while freedom is held to be Marxist socialism.
15. Q: How is moral anarchism used as an instrument of totalitarianism, socialism, and dictatorships?
A: It Is used to destroy every form of social stability in order to pave the way for a totalitarian order.
16. Q: What conditions render totalitarian authority over man a social necessity?
A: When faith, character, and morality dissolve and with them man’s ability to self govern.
17. Q: What is the underlying motive for undercutting moral self-government and responsibility of the individual?
A: To reduce man to a dependent position ripe for totalitarian government.
18. Q: What is to be expected in the wake of rising pornography?
A: The triumph of moral anarchy is a prelude to totalitarianism and tyranny.
19. Q: What is hypocritically evident in the policies of many who tolerate pornography in the name of liberty?
A: They refuse to defend liberty against Marxism.
20. Q: What is the political purpose of pornography?
A: It’s morally anarchistic nature wages a revolution against Christian civilization.
21. Q: What was the Marquis de Sade’s perverted definition of equality?
A: Acts of vice have equal and favorable standing before the law.
22. Q: What would be against the law in a revolutionary sadistic ordering of society?
A: Christianity and its moral laws such as the death penalty, property protection, monogamy laws, and laws prohibiting murder.
23. Q: According to Sade’s concept of natural law, what was vaunted as independence?
A: Those savages closest to nature, devoting themselves daily to murder with impunity.
24. Q: According to the Supreme Court’s Roth decision, what constitutes lawful literature?
A: No serious literary work can be deemed constitutionally obscene.
25. Q: What justifies a literary work as ‘serious’ according to modern criteria?
A: A broad standard including promoting sexual revolution by propagating perversion itself.
26. Q: What legal action is needed in regard to pornography today?
A: Clear legislation is necessary and urgently needed.
27. Q: What social eventualities will pornography limiting laws stand against?
A: The radical political and revolutionary implications of pornography.
28. Q: What positive actions must accompany anti-pornography reforms?
A: The reordering of life and society in terms of biblical faith and standards.
29. Q: What is the basic answer to moral anarchism?
A: The strengthening of Christian discipline on correct theological and moral foundations.
Chapter Five: Why is it absurd to personify nature by ascribing to it law or purpose?
Law & Nature
1. Q: What Oriental author is witness to the fact that the concept of natural law was never culturally universal?
A: Chinese poet Pao Chao (414-466) wrote in “The Ruined City” “The greatest displeasure of the largest number is the law of nature.”
2. Q: What has been the traditional difference between oriental and western philosophy concerning law?
A: Oriental philosophy has been either agnostic or atheistic believing that nothingness is the ultimate truth about all things while western thought has insisted that there is a higher law in nature.
3. Q: What are the historical roots of natural law theory?
A: It is common among Western thinkers and originates in ancient Greek thought.
4. Q: Higher law in nature is a proposed alternative to what law philosophy?
A: The positive law of the state.
5. Q: Natural law philosophy was dominant during which historical era?
A: From the late medieval period, especially the Renaissance, until recently.
6. Q: What was Rushdoony’s response to those who would dismiss law theory as academic and remote?
A: One cannot understand problems in our court system or the rest of our modern world apart from an understanding of law philosophy.
7. Q: Theoretically how is higher law in nature discovered?
A: Through man’s exercise of enlightened reason.
8. Q: What is the source and authority of natural law according to its advocates?
A: They hold that higher law is in and of nature and it is the true law by which men and nations must be governed.
9. Q: What are two categories of thought that stand opposed to higher law as in and of nature?
A: Positive law advocates (relativists, positivists, pragmatists, Marxists, existentialists) and those representing supernaturalism (Christian orthodoxy).
10. Q: What is the statist consequence of positive law?
A: There is no higher law or justice to pass judgment over man and the state.
11. Q: Where does hope for mankind rest if the only truth in being is humanism as it appears in the form the state?
A: Man must gear his hope to the reality of civil government instead of higher law.
12. Q: what influence did Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior wield over the US Supreme Court?
A: As Chief Justice, and one of the most influential thinkers in the history of the court, he effected a positive law revolution.
13. Q: What solid critical ground did Holmes demonstrate in declaring natural law doctrine nonsensical if not tyrannical?
A: Conclusions about natural law were dependent on the various rationalistic thinker’s concepts of logic which inevitably varied, and as a result, their natural laws varied.
14. Q: What variable influences among legal philosophers affected varied Interpretations of natural law?
A: They varied in terms of their backgrounds, beliefs, and general cultural experience.
15. Q: What proved to be the inevitable ground basic to the law of those who claim natural law authority?
A: In the end experience, not a higher law or logic proved basic to law.
16. Q: For Holmes, if natural law was a façade, what in fact grounded the natural law theorist?
A: Felt necessities of the time, prevalent moral and political theories, institutions of public policy, even prejudices judges share with fellow men.
17. Q: For Holmes, what was Western law’s evident relationship to the present and past.
A: the substance corresponds to what is then understood to be convenient, while it’s form, machinery, and degree of result depend on its past.
18. Q: To what extent does natural law prove variable?
A: According to the experience, beliefs, and prejudices of the person expounding it.
19. Q: Presuming evolution, how does Darwin’s thesis affect natural law?
A: Nature is a lawless force working it’s way upward, establishing its own rules rather than a reflection of a perfect and final law order.
20. Q: In contrast to binding law or past constitution, what does evolution define law to be?
A: Positive law: the experience of society embodied as the law of the state.
21. Q: Distinct from natural law’s Aristotelian or enlightenment basis, what is the basis and conclusion of modern law thinking?
A: Darwinian evolution purports legal positivism as a necessary conclusion for any modern thinker.
22. Q: How have Supreme Court justices intellectually acquiesced to the philosophical currents of our day?
A: They have reflected consistently through legal positivism what most people believe without consistency.
23. Q: How is the relationship between law and nature understood according to Christian orthodoxy and biblical presuppositions?
A: Laws govern nature and as such or not of nature but over nature.
24. Q: Why is it absurd to personify nature by ascribing to it law or purpose?
A: Nature is simply a collective noun it has no power, consciousness, or will in and of itself.
25. Q: What is the result of presuming nature as a normative standard for law?
A: The justification of anything that occurs in nature including crimes, murders, thefts, perversions, and all manner of evil – total moral equality between all acts.
26. Q: Why must the Christian look beyond nature, to God for His standard?
A: Because the world of nature is a fallen world of rebellion against God and infected by sin and death.
27. Q: How has God established his government over nature?
A: Through various law spheres governing physical reality, society, morality, religion, the church, and every area of life.
28. Q: What origin do all law spheres share?
A: Nature did not evolve them, they appeared together with nature when God created all things.
29. Q: How have 18th-century theories of natural law been presented?
A: As a kind of substitute for God, with hard and fast laws of its own making.
30. Q: How is legal positivism blasphemy against God?
A: It elevates judges of the court as the new gods of being, totalitarian rulers akin to Plato’s philosopher kings.
31. Q: What is the legal consequence of denying God as our God?
A: We make men gods over us, they become the experts interpreting democratic consensus, telling us what we should say favor and believe.
32. Q: Why is Lenny Bruce’s statement: “Truth is what is” wrong?
A: We cannot say that something is good simply because it is natural or occurs in nature.
33. Q: What is the answer to natural law and legal positivism?
A: Revelation. “Except The Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it” (Psalm 127:1)
Chapter Six: What question is key to determining the validity of laws?
Law and the Future
1. Q: How is man different from animals in terms of planning for the future?
A: He envisions a hope or plan and then works self-consciously and purposefully to realize that future.
2. Q: How does man’s view of the future affect his present?
A: To a large degree his life is governed and measured by his future.
3. Q: What does the correlation between thinking ahead and life expectancy demonstrate among hospital patients?
A: When man’s thinking has no future, he has no life.
4. Q: Historically how has western man viewed the future?
A: In terms of the triumph of Christ and the fulfillment of the kingdom of God.
5. Q: What did the 16th century have to offer by way of a replacement vision of the future?
A: Gradually history came to be viewed as the fulfillment of man apart from God.
6. Q: What terms were introduced for reshaping man’s future in the modern age?
A: Religious and scientific humanism.
7. Q: What are the hopeful elements of modern utopian visions?
A: Science and technology will conquer all problems.
8. Q: What are two conflicting assessments of our basic problems today?
A: For the Christian the basic problem is sin. For the scientific utopian, the basic problem is insufficient science and technology.
9. Q: What kind of future does communistic science-fiction envision?
A: No failures, only the steady triumph of scientific socialism.
10. Q: How is the American science fiction perspective half humanistic and half Christian?
A: It sees science as a new god, able to create almost at will but also allows for the possibility of original sin using its power to unleash fearful calamities and destruction.
11. Q: What does the American attitude towards science and the future reveal of our theological understanding?
A: The American is ready to believe in sin and depravity but not salvation.
12. Q: What is the relationship between the law and our concept of the future?
A: Law is the basic form of social planning it is a plan for the future.
13. Q: How is God’s law a form of social planning?
A: It is His eternal decree, His predestination of man and the universe, His creation of the future.
14. Q: What was the future orientation of the US Constitution when written in 1787?
A: It was a plan for the future of the federal government under God.
15.Q: Why did the framers leave room for improvements or corrections via amendments in the US constitution?
A: Because they did not claim omniscience or perfection.
16. Q: As basic law imposed on the federal union, how is the constitution a plan for its future?
A: It was devised as a means of realizing hopes and preventing fears from realization.
17. Q: What 3 points illustrate the range of religious presuppositions underlying every law.
A: 1)Every law is geared to a belief concerning the nature of society. 2) Every law is expressive of some faith concerning life, liberty, and property. 3) All law is part of a plan to realize and envision the future.
18. Q: What question is key to determining the validity of laws?
A: “Of what plan for the future are our new laws a part of?”
19. Q: How is the perspective of modern law increasingly alien to the Christian faith?
A: It does not view man and the republic as under God.
20. Q: What historical aspects of American law reflect the Christian idea of sin as man’s basic problem?
A: Checks and balances, division of powers, express powers, criminal law, civil law, and various levels of civil government.
21. Q: How should a Christian law system view public offices?
A: Men are no less sinners when they become civil officials, in fact with power, they become more potentially able to sin.
22. Q: According to the modern legal revolution, what is man’s basic problem, and what is his solution?
A: Man’s problem is not sin, but his environment is at fault. The answer is to change his environment through legislation.
23. Q: What is the humanist’s substitute for Christian salvation?
A: Man needs scientific reconditioning either through mental health programs, wars on poverty, master plans for areas or peoples, or by other means of controls.
24. Q: How does modern law demonstrate its agnostic or atheistic embrace of humanism?
A: It affirms the sufficiency of man and the state apart from, and without, God.
25. Q: Where is liberty to be found for the Christian?
A: Man’s true liberty is under God.
26. Q: What is man to be liberated from under Godly social order?
A: His liberty is from sin and the tyranny of sin as it manifests itself in man, church, and state.
27. Q: What is the Christian alternative to today’s elitists planning for governing all men in terms of technology and reason?
A: For Christian law, the future is a godly law abiding society under God, free from the tyranny of men and free to realize itself under God.
28. Q: What has Rushdoony identified as the cause of the erosion of our historic American system?
A: Ignorance of the Bible and of our Christian foundations.
29. Q: Why are many people who are most worked up over our legal problems also the least prepared to cope with them?
A: They are radically ignorant of the faith and are basically humanistic in spite of themselves.
30. Q: What are the prerequisites for returning to law which undergirds a Christian future under God?
A: It is necessary to know God in Christ, and to know His law well.
31. Q: Instead of law protecting the Christian man in his God-given liberties, what has been the direction of the modern law revolution?
A: Granting the state godlike powers over man.
32. Q: Why is tyranny inescapable when the supernatural is rejected?
A: Humanism must find it’s god and devil either in the individual or the group and as such, one becomes a monster to destroy the other.
33. Q: What is the only remedy for the inescapable tyranny of humanism?
A: Not the rule of the church, but of Godly law which plans for a present and a future under the sovereignty of God.
34. Q: How is the mantra: “freedom from religion” a hypocritical notion?
A: Advocates of this idea maintain a worldview which embraces agnosticism, atheism, and humanism, which are all religious in nature.
Chapter Seven: How does one find the God of any system?
Law and Authority
1. Q: What foundational question can be asked of any man, philosophy, or religion?
A: What is its authority?
2. Q: Why are people who have contempt of all authority naturally hypocritical?
A: There is no possibility of any thinking without an appeal to authority.
3. Q: What is the substitute authority for many who deny God as authoritative?
A: They exalt their own thinking or the individual to a position of ultimacy.
4. Q: How is anarchism an intolerant and exclusive form of authoritarianism?
A: It is hostile to every kind of authoritarianism except it’s own.
5. Q: What ancient phrase demonstrates the ultimacy of democracy?
A: “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”
6. Q: When the will of the people is God, what are the enemies of democracy?
A: No law, constitution, or religious faith can be permitted to stand in the way of democracy.
7. Q: How does the will of the people incarnate itself in a democracy?
A: In a governing elite who express this general will infallibly.
8. Q: Where does the democratic thinking of Rousseau lead?
A: It leads to Karl Marx’ dictatorship of the proletariat.
9. Q: What are two examples of authoritative axioms undergirding the faith of science?
A: 1. Reality is measurable
o2. Reality does not contradict itself.
10. Q: What commonality is shared by most trusted authorities today such as the individual, the people, elite thinkers, planners, science, reason, or the state?
A: All of these represent a conscious or unconscious appeal to humanistic authority as basic and ultimate to life.
11. Q: What danger do humanistic gods and authorities of this world present?
A: In occupying the same ground as man they serve to limit and destroy his liberty.
12. Q: Why is man powerless to compete with his gods?
A: They are by definition, and his own recognition, above and over him.
13. Q: Why do anarchistic systems end up oppressing man while claiming to exalt him?
A: Humanistic gods can only occupy man’s realm resulting in his enslavement and eviction from his do liberties and station in life.
14. Q: What is man to humanistic science?
A: An experimental test animal, a guinea pig.
15. Q: How does one find the God of any system?
A: Locate the authority, or the source of law in that system.
16. Q: Can anyone ultimately deny God?
A: No, God is the inescapable reality and the inescapable category of thought.
17. Q: What is the exclusive ground of liberty?
A: Jesus Christ.
18. Q: Where does Biblical faith place authority?
A: In the triune God and His inspired and infallible word, the Bible.
19. Q: What is the purpose of God’s law and government?
A: To establish man in godly order and true liberty.
20. Q: As author and creator, what are God’s purposes for history?
A: To bring man and history to fulfillment.
21. Q: What are the foundational conditions for legitimate human authority in Biblical faith?
A: In every area God undergirds legitimate authority by his word and law.
22. Q: What qualifies the authority of men over wives, parents over children, state over citizens, and churches over their members?
A: All are subject to the prior authority of God, and the supremacy of His law.
23. Q: What is the limit of human authority?
A: No human authority can claim to be ultimate or to speak with final power.
24. Q: How does an honest system of law present itself?
A: It will openly avow its basic authority and disavow every other authority.
25. Q: What is the presuppositional relationship between law and God?
A: Every law presupposes a basic authority and its ultimate authority is the God of the system.
26. Q: What has our modern law sought to establish?
A: The Democratic will of man as the ultimate authority, as God.
27. Q: In their hostility to the sovereignty of God what are modern lawmakers confessing?
A: They are saying in effect, “let us make God in our own image, after our own likeness.”
28. Q: Where does God’s law intend to guide and direct man?
A: Into the way of righteousness and truth.
29. Q: What is the purpose of law for the man regenerated by grace?
A: It is the form of his life and his means to be conformed to God.
30. Q: In controlling every fact of life what does the new god over man seek to accomplish?
A: The remaking of man in terms of the humanistic state’s plans for man.
31. Q: What is the stated purpose of progressive education?
A: It’s purpose is not the communication of knowledge, but to reshape children to their ideas of democracy.
32. Q: How do public schools seek to supplant rebirth in Jesus Christ?
A: They are instruments of social regeneration offering rebirth by means of statist progressive curriculum.
33. Q: What is the basic authority for public schools?
A: They exalt the authority of democracy and undercut the authority of God.
34. Q: What will unreserved submission to God’s authority entail?
A: Acceptance of His infallible word, and acknowledgment of His sovereignty in all things.
Chapter Eight: Where does law first appear in man's existence?
Law and Chaos
1. Q: What is a philosophical implication of a worldview that holds primeval evolution as a life origin theory?
A: Chaos is then the primary and ultimate force and factor in the universe, supplanting God.
2. Q: What common origin do all nonbiblical religions share?
A: All extra-biblical religions trace their origins in sone way to chaos.
3. Q: What are examples of origin ideas in false religions?
A: They assign creative power to process, growth, development, or evolution.
4. Q: As opposed to creationism, where does every other religion rest?
A: Non-biblical religions rest on process philosophy.
5. A: Where do the gods of religions in antiquity come from?
A: They are themselves a product of process, born out of chaos.
6. Q: How can salvation come for man if chaos is the source of all things?
A: If chaos is ultimate, then regeneration is by chaos.
7. Q: How is paganism’s assigning ultimacy in chaos demonstrated in worship practices?
A: In chaotic religious rites and festivals where normally forbidden practices were encouraged.
8. Q: How did the Romans commemorate their faith in chaos as a means of social regeneration and personal rebirth?
A: Through such lawless festivals as the Saturnalia.
9. Q: What are two examples of modern cults of chaos?
A: Evolution as represented by Darwin’s origin of the species, and Marxism.
10. Q: What did Karl Marx see in Darwin’s thesis that was agreeable to his philosophy?
A: He saw a basis in natural science for the class struggle in history and revolution.
11. Q: What is Rushdoony’s classification of humanistic revolution?
A: It is the religious principle of planned chaos as regeneration.
12. Q: Where is regeneration found if God is ultimate?
A: Regeneration is by God’s grace, through the atonement of Jesus Christ.
13. Q: What is the Biblical response to ultimate chaos?
A: Creationism: God has created all things, sustains all things, and solely retains the power to re-create things.
14. Q: What does Romans 3:31 declare in contrast to the claims of chaos cults?
A: The law is established through faith, not voided.
15. Q: What is the relationship between grace and law for the man in Christ?
A: Grace is the believers life, and law is it’s condition.
16. Q: Where does law first appear in man’s existence?
A: From the garden of Eden man was given the principle of law to live by.
17. Q: What did man’s daily obedience in the garden demonstrate?
A: That God is the sovereign and determiner of all things.
18. Q: What did Original Sin profess?
A: Man declared himself to be the source of law.
19. Q: How did the law relate to mans daily life in the garden?
A: He was accountable for his labor and to the discharge his duties.
20. Q: How are work and Law related?
A: Work is a basic law sphere, therefore, our attitude toward work is part our attitude toward law.
21. Q: What tasks delegated to Adam demonstrated a requirement to recognize and understand the basic laws of creation?
A: Naming or defining the nature of the animals and tending the garden.
22. Q: What does the order of events in Eden demonstrate related to law and marriage?
A: Marriage was not to be merely a fulfillment of biological law, but a fulfillment in terms of God’s calling for man.
23. Q: What does the image of God in man encompass in the narrower sense?
A: It encompasses knowledge, righteousness, holiness, and dominion.
25. Q: How was the image of God in man to be developed and realized in Eden?
A: Through God’s law.
25. Q: Post fall, how is man reestablished in communion with God?
A: In salvation by the grace of God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ.
26. Q: Contrary to despising the law, what are we saved for?
A: We are saved to keep the law as the righteousness of God.
27. Q: What is the casualty of the notion of change as the constant factor?
A: Law itself is then a changing factor, and we cannot have a belief in an absolute law, ultimate good and evil, or a constant right and wrong.
28. Q: What is the doctrine of soteriology for modern evolutionary thinking?
A: Revolution is salvation.
29. Q: How do we combat these revolutionary forces of our day?
A: We must first challenge their evolutionary foundation.
30. Q: How must evolutionary thinking be opposed?
A: It must be challenged in the name of Biblical creationism without any apology, hesitancy, or concessions.
31. Q: How should creationism interact with Biblical faith?
A: The plain statement of scripture is the necessary premise and foundation of Biblical faith.
32. Q: What is the reality and consequence of substituting other foundations of thinking for the basic claims of scripture?
A: This would be to substitute man’s thinking for God’s word, resulting in disaster.
Chapter Nine: How does evolution lead to stat-ism and tyranny?
Law and Evolution
1. Q: For those who hold to the Christian faith, what is the relationship between change and law?
A: Law is the invariable factor in a variable world.
2. Q: Why must law be absolute and final for the Christian?
A: Law is an aspect of God’s creation and a manifestation of His nature.
3. Q: What considerations inform evolutionary notions of law?
A: Social customs, mores, and statistical averages.
4. Q: What purpose do statistics serve for evolutionary concepts of law?
A: Statistics provide an average or mean which determines normality.
5. Q: What governs ideas of law in an evolutionary worldview?
A: Law is governed by what is customary and socially acceptable.
6. Q: For Emile Durkheim in “The Rules of Sociological Method”, what established the normality of crime?
A: Durkheim saw crime as normal “because a society exempt from it is utterly impossible.”
7. Q: If God is disregarded, what stands opposed to crime?
A: Social disapproval and condemnation resting on the organization of society.
8. Q: How is crime a good thing from the evolutionary perspective of Durkheim?
A: The criminal breaks up the fixity of society from below so the idealist above can find expression and freedom.
9. Q: What pioneering possibility does crime represent assuming an evolutionary worldview?
A: For the evolutionist, crime can provide sufficiently flexible collective sentiment toward a new future morality.
10. Q: If crime is not pathological and deserves serious sociological attention, what did Durkheim propose related to law?
A: “Crime, for its part, must no longer be conceived as an evil that cannot be too much suppressed.”
11. Q: What determines normal and acceptable behavior from Durkheim’s perspective?
A: “The generality of phenomena must be taken as a criterion of their normality” or, as criminal activity becomes prevalent, it becomes acceptable.
12. Q: Who are the social deviants and extremists according to the evolutionist?
A: Those who hold to a undeviating good and evil.
13. Q: If man is a product of social evolution, what are the limits of his definition?
A: He can only be defined in terms of the social scene, not in terms of God.
14. Q: In opposition to man as created in the image of God, what does evolutionary social theory purport?
A: Man is created in the image of society.
15. Q: What are we to conclude from Cooley’s premise that to think of man as anything apart from society is a palpable absurdity?
A: Man then is simply a social animal, he can only be known and defined in terms of his pack, society.
16. Q: What is law to evolution?
A: It is simply social custom and the force of the state.
17. Q: According to Biblical faith (Gen 1:27-28, Col 3:14, Eph 4:24) how are man and law to be understood?
A: Man is to be understood by reference to God, and law is derived from his maker as well.
18. Q: What ideals for man’s existence are rooted in God’s image?
A: Knowledge, righteousness, holiness, and dominion.
19. Q: How does God’s law relate to Man’s existence?
A: God’s law is the condition of man’s life and it’s ground for health.
20. Q: According to the Word of God (Deut 6:24 and 16:20), why did God command His statutes?
A: “That He might preserve us alive.”
21. Q: What is the Biblical alternative to social foundations for judgment?
A: Men and society must be judged religiously by the sovereign and triune God.
22. Q: For those like Auguste Comte, what is man’s meaning limited to?
A: As “social phenomena are subject to natural laws” so man is no more than his biology.
23. Q: If man is no more than biology, then what is his law?
A: Law is then a phase of his social evolution and will change as man does.
24. Q: Whereas there cannot be absolute right and wrong in any evolutionary system of law, what is law to this worldview?
A: Evolution is hostile to law as an unchanging order, reducing and limiting it to an instrument of social change.
25. Q: How does evolution lead to statism and tyranny?
A: Evolution deifys the mechanism of change, thus when man is made controller of his own evolution by means of the state, the state is made into the new absolute.
26. Q: What was the religious consequence of Hegel’s acceptance of social evolution?
A: Hegel and his followers
(Marxists, Fabians, other socialists, pragmatists) make the state the new God of being.
27. Q: What is the consequence of a world committed to evolution?
A: It will therefore be committed to revolution.
28. Q: What is the commitment of governments with law based on an evolutionary premise?
A: The world becomes dedicated to change without meaning.
29. Q: What is the result of holding revolutionary change as man’s new idea of health?
A: Crisis succeeds crisis and in every change the state emerges more powerful.
30. Q: As the state presents itself more clearly man’s new God and Savior, how can it be opposed?
A: There can be no withstanding this new god except by means of the one true God (Psalms 127:1).
Chapter Ten: Where do we see the Babylonian captivity of man today?
Law and Alchemy
1. Q: What is alchemy?
A: The belief that baser metals can be transmuted into gold.
2. Q: What did alchemy also hold as to life processes?
A: They can be reversed so that aging can give way to youth.
3. Q: How far back can we trace the origins of alchemy?
A: At least as far back as Babylon.
4. Q: What are variations in nature according to alchemy?
A: They are imperfections, failures, and experimentations toward realization of the best.
5. Q: What do alchemy and modern scientific claims have in common?
A: Both are based in evolutionary faith.
6. Q: What is the best in nature according to alchemy?
A: It represents the highest form of development and the potential of all other forms.
7. Q: What was the purpose of the alchemist?
A: To speed up the natural evolutionary process.
8. Q: According to the 14th century work “Summa Perfectionis” what was the promise of alchemy?
A: It would accomplish by experimentation what normally would require millions of years.
9. Q: What does the alchemist dream of overcoming death in aging represent?
A: The establishment of youthful and immortal Man as the new God over creation.
10. Q: What was the purpose in alchemy of the ‘return to the beginning’?
A: Alchemy depended in part on a return to chaos to create the forward thrust of evolution.
11. Q: What does evolution require to effect regeneration?
A: Chaos or revolution is required.
12. Q: What did the association of enlightenment alchemists with forces of revolution demonstrate?
A: Revolution is simply the theory of social alchemy.
13. Q: What does ‘born-again’ mean to alchemy and occultists?
A: A return to chaos as the means of regeneration.
14. Q: How are elements of alchemy evident in psychoanalysis?
A: By means of analysis patients are regressed into the “primitive anarchic unconscious”.
15. Q: As in alchemy, what is the purpose of regressive psychoanalysis?
A: The patient is supposedly there by released from bondage and socially revitalized.
16. Q: How does alchemy proceed in the name of primeval chaos?
A: It seeks to negate the present order denying law as sterile, finding power in chaos.
17. Q: According to Basil Valentine’s axiom: “evil must become the same as good”, what is perfect knowledge?
A: Perfect knowledge means denying all present values.
18. Q: What do present values stand in the way of according to social alchemy?
A: The power of chaos to create a new order.
19. Q: How does the alchemist seek to further evolution?
A: By acting as an agent of evolution.
20. Q: What has been the fate of alchemy since the 18th century?
A: It gave way to a new form, to social and biological evolution.
21. Q: What does evolution represent in light of alchemy?
A: The same age-old dream of alchemy brought up to date and appearing as true science.
22. Q: Like alchemy what does evolution offer to man?
A: The opportunity to be his own God.
23. Q: Did the triumph of experimental science represent the end of alchemy according to Mircea Eilade?
A: On the contrary, the ideology of the new epoch crystallize around the myth of infinite progress.
24. Q: How has the progress of industrialization as a dominant and inspirational force affected modern views of science according to Eilade?
A: He saw these factors taking up and carrying forward the dream of the alchemist.
25. Q: What do socialism and evolutionary thinking represent related to age old occult science?
A: They are even more rigorous forms of alchemy.
26. Q: How does man betray his denial of God’s absolute government of the universe?
A: In his dreams of remaking nature and conquering time.
27. Q: What example areas of life has man determined will be fertile through chaos and lawlessness?
A: Artwork, economics and education
28. Q: Under current social conditions who is seen as a creative person?
A: Not the discipline man, but the undisciplined chaotic person.
29. Q: How is religious freedom defined by lawless thinking?
A: A turning from God’s ordered world to the chaos and the abyss of existentialism.
30. Q: Where do we see the Babylonian captivity of man today?
A: In all modern forms of alchemy: evolution, revolution, art, and religion of man’s own making.
31. Q: How does man build fresh towers of Babel today?
A: By denying God and calling vainly to himself for help.
32. Q: How have modern forms of alchemy proved successful?
A: By precipitating social devolution, chaos, and the killing men.
33. Q: How can we successfully counteract alchemy?
A: By means of Biblical faith firmly grounded in creationism.
34. Q: What hope does Biblically grounded faith in Christ as our liberty promise?
A: It is our hope for progress, our strength, and our security.
35. Q: What surety does trust in the Lord offer according to Psalm 125:1?
A: “They shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abided forever”.
36. Q: What reality is celebrated and proclaimed in Psalm 97:1 and 47:7?
A: The Lord reigns as king of all the earth.
Chapter Eleven: What is the modern notion of academic freedom?
1. Q: What is the modern notion of academic freedom?
A: The right of scholars to pursue research, teach, and publish without control or restraint from the institutions that employ them.
2. Q: Is academic freedom an issue limited to educational institutions?
A: No: it has become an issue of major social concern.
3. Q: What conflict has the issue of academic freedom presented for schools like the Methodist “Emory University”?
A: In this case a Christian university has employed without disciplinary action, a leader of the “God is dead” movement who was basically Buddhist.
4. Q: In opposing Altizer on the ground of scientific knowledge, man’s experience, and numbers of the adherents to faith, what was notably missing from the College of Bishops response to the professor?
A: They did not answer Altizer with the word of God.
5. Q: What higher commitment guided this Christian school to tolerate a godless professor?
A: The principal of so-called academic freedom.
6. Q: What did the Methodist University hold related to truth and their associates?
A: The University presupposes “freedom” in the search for truth.
7. Q: In the view of the University, what potential gains outweighed the risks of providing the faculty opportunity to think freely?
A: The belief that creative scholarship will lead to new discoveries and open new frontiers of learning.
8. Q: What presupposition of academic freedom is opposed to the institution of education itself?
A: The teacher has a right to teach even if his work is hostile to and subversive of the basic purpose of the school.
9. Q: Presuming academic freedom, what is the basic function of any school?
A: To encourage new ideas rather then propagate older ones.
10. Q: What does tenure represent related to the notion of academic freedom?
A: It is the property right of office generally associated with occupational scholarship.
11. Q: According to ‘Columbia Encyclopedia’ how does academic freedom relate to truth?
A: Essential to the acceptance of academic freedom, is the notion that truth is best discovered through the open investigation of all data.
12. Q: What does ‘Columbia Encyclopedia’ outline as an obligation for proponents of academic freedom?
A: That they pursue the line of open and thorough inquiry regardless of personal considerations.
13. A: To what era is accredited the historical development of academic freedom?
Q: The Enlightenment period.
14. Q: How does academic freedom relate to the Enlightenment rebirth of the philosopher king?
A: The thinkers assume themselves objective and beyond the restraint of man.
15. Q: How is academic freedom blasphemy?
A: The doctrine implicitly insists that scholars are the new gods of creation.
16. Q: If it is our duty to support scholars no matter what they do to us, where does this place them related to law?
A: They are thus beyond any control, supervision, or restraint.
17. Q: What constitutes real and literal academic freedom?
A: It should mean anyone has the freedom to establish a school to propagate his ideas.
18. Q: Where should the line be drawn on freedom for a school to be maintained without interference?
A: It should be free so long as it does not violate the criminal and moral laws of society.
19. Q: What would be the result of the American Association of University Professor’s idea of academic freedom applied to religion?
A: It would mean in every church, every religious idea would have equal rights and thus destroy the integrity of the church itself.
20. Q: What is the practical result of the modern doctrine of academic freedom?
A: The destruction of freedom.
21. Q: What rights are denied by so-called academic freedom?
A: The right to establish schools to propagate, develop, and establish a particular faith and philosophy.
22. Q: How does academic freedom manifest itself as a totalitarian doctrine?
A: It stands as an instrument for the destruction of any and every educational institution.
23. Q: How are liberty and the notion of academic freedom mutually exclusive?
A: No institution can be free to maintain its faith and philosophy when there is an insistence on the total right of subversion.
24. Q: Where are rights and power transferred with this doctrine?
A: They are placed in the hands of subversives.
25. Q: Under academic freedom where does freedom belong?
A: Only to that which is new and revolutionary.
26. Q: What faith is most notably attacked by the doctrine of academic freedom?
A: Christianity with its concept of absolute truth.
27. Q: What faith is affirmed by this doctrine?
28. Q: How has the faith of humanism demonstrated itself as savage and intolerant?
A: It’s history is one of terror, slavery, and persecution.
28. Q: Where can we trace the origins of modern humanistic totalitarianism?
A: To the French Revolution.
29. Q: What does the doctrine of academic freedom ultimately advocate related to law and liberty?
A: Freedom for humanism only and subversion and totalitarianism for all others.
30. Q: What does true freedom entail for education?
A: The freedom for a college or institution to be true to its faith.
31. Q: What do the champions of so-called academic freedom actually advocate?
A: Their doctrine is one of academic enslavement.
32. Q: How does the modern doctrine of academic freedom make it impossible to have a college or university based on a particular religious faith or system of Christian theology?
A: It insists on retaining no standards of faith and character which would be required of all faculty members.
33. Q: Why must humanism rewrite history and accuse other faiths of intolerance and persecution?
A: It is an effort to mask the reality that it is actually one of history’s most savage and intolerant faiths.
34. Q: The humanistic view of academic freedom claims that truth is best discovered through the open investigation of all data, how is this notion impossible?
A: No man can investigate all data, therefore by this logic, no man can ever discover truth.
Chapter Twelve: What is the Biblical purpose of science?
Law and Magic
1. Q: What is the basic definition of magic?
A: Magic is the attempt by man to gain control over the world man, nature, and the supernatural.
2. Q: How does magic relate to man’s belief in God?
A: In magic man attempts to become God over all things and to assert his power and control over all reality.
3. Q: How does our modern mentality incorporate magic?
A: Magic is basic to our politics and science.
4. Q: According to Kurt Koch, what is the antithesis of God’s command to replenish and subdue the earth?
A: Magic: hunger and desire for power in opposition to the will of God.
5. Q: What drives man according to Koch if he rejects voluntary subordination under the will of God?
A: The compulsion for knowledge and greed for power in rebellion against divine rules and barriers.
6. Q: What does Magic represent from the beginning to today?
A: The climax of man’s revolt against God.
7. Q: What is the Biblical purpose of science?
A: That man should seek knowledge in order that he might exercise dominion over the earth under God.
8. Q: How does modern science bypass God?
A: In its quest for power and knowledge it seeks to gain power without restraint and knowledge as a tool for total power.
9. Q: Instead of being governed by morality, what does modern science seek?
A: It seeks to govern reality and remake it in terms of its own standards.
10. Q: What totalitarian goals do science and politics share?
A: Prediction, planning, and control.
11. Q: Like a scientific society, what does a scientific world require?
A: Control of all factors for valid experimentation.
12. Q: What is the result of a culture dominated by apostate science as a planned society?
A: Totalitarianism and the loss of liberty.
13. Q: How is modern science a form of magic?
A: It believes that all things can potentially or ultimately be controlled by man.
14. Q: Why does the new version of politics hate God?
A: In the quest for total control, He represents a roadblock to power.
15. Q: How do the political orders of our world show they plan to become the new gods creation?
A: By their plans to abolish sin and guilt, poverty, disease, hunger, and even death itself.
16. Q: What is the humanistic doctrine of heaven?
A: To create a new paradise on earth through the politics of total control.
17. Q: What is an objective of socialism according to G. D. H. Cole?
A: The abolition of God.
18. Q: What goal does the logic of scientific socialism require?
A: The abolition of God to make man the total agent of control.
19. Q: Why does the Bible forbid magic?
A: Because magic is by its total nature in enmity to God.
20. Q: What is the purpose of magic according to Scripture?
A: To divert people from God to man (Isaiah 8:19).
21. Q: Why is “modern art “a misleading description
A: Modern art represents a revival of magic.
22. Q: How do modern artists view their art in relationship to the common man?
A: As a medium through which they gain power over fellow human beings they consider insignificant.
23. Q: What do quotes from famous modern artists who view man as “no more significant than a stone”, “the vulgar herd”, “the mob” or insisting on “the greatest possible obliteration of individuality” reveal as to their philosophy?
A: The modern artists are totalitarians who despise man and liberty.
24. Q: As elitists, who exist to remake an order on their terms, what do modern magical artists hate?
A: They hate above all to be moral, law-abiding, and meaningful.
25. Q: How does modern art seek to brainwash man?
A: By destroying God’s meaning, and obliterating it from man’s mind in order to relearn all things as taught by magical art.
26. Q: What goal of modern education demonstrates its belief in magic?
A: The total control of all reality by man.
27. Q: Why does magic remain deeply embedded in the heart of modern man?
A: Because it is basic to Original Sin.
28. Q: How is the appeal of scientific socialism the appeal of magic?
A: It is the belief that man’s imagination rather than Almighty God is the ultimate governing and creating force in the universe.
29. Q: What did Satan’s claim of Genesis 3:5 promise man?
A: That man by his own will can become God and that his will is creative and determinative.
30. Q: What modern movement now claims to make the magical Satanic hope of original sin a reality?
A: Modern science and the new politics.
31. Q: What is the end of every magical believe set on a collision course with God’s purpose?
A: Inescapable judgment.
32 Q: What was Nietzsche’s main objection to God?
A: That he himself was not a God, and therefore declared that there are no gods.
33. Q: As in Nietzsche’s life, what is the conclusion of the mind and world of magic?
A: Madness and some form of self-destruction.
34. Q: What conflict does the new politics, science, and education of humanism present us?
A: A conflict between two worlds of law, the law of God versus the law of magic.
35. Q: What alternative does Psalm 2:9,12 offer to unwise kings and judges of the earth who refuse to be instructed by and put their trust in Christ the King?
A: They will be broken with the rod of iron and dashes in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Chapter Thirteen: How was the term 'government' changed in meaning in the United States?
Law and Government
1. Q: What is the basic government in all history?
A: The self-government of the Christian man.
2. Q: What are seven basic forms of government in order of Biblical importance?
A: 1) Self-government, 2) The family, 3) The church, 4) The school, 5) Business or vocations, 6) private associations (friendships, organizations, and the like), and 7) The state.
3. Q: How was the term ‘government’ changed in meaning in the United States?
A: What once referred primarily and essentially to self-government, now means the state.
4. Q: In what ways is the family a government?
A: It is man’s first church, school, and state.
5. Q: What form of government is basic to society?
A: The government of the family by God’s appointed head, the man.
6. Q: What aspects of the church are identified with government?
A: Laws and discipline.
7. Q: How are private friendships and organizations forms of government?
A: We submit to these social standards and we govern others by our social expectations.
8. Q: What is the tragic reality of civil government’s claims today?
A: It claims to be the government over man, not one government among many.
9. Q: Why did Alex L Peterman’s book on civil government declare that his textbook began at home?
A: Because the family was the first government with which the child came in contact.
10. Q: To what elements of family government did Peterman devote the first chapter of his textbook?
A: It’s purpose, members, rights, duties, officers, and responsibilities.
11. Q: According to Peterman’s public school text book, what is the first government each of us must obey?
A: The family.
12. Q: How did Peterman view the office of the parent?
A: As a holy office requiring wisdom for the proper discharge of it’s duties.
13. Q: In Peterman’s textbook what were five distinct devisions of power in civil government?
A: Township, village, county, state, and United States.
14. Q: What was the extent of civil government as recently as World War I?
A: It was a minor area of government in American life.
15. Q: What does the claim of civil government as the overall government in man’s life amount to?
A: This claim is the essence of totalitarianism.
16. Q: what are two reasons for the redefinition of government?
A: Subversion by revolutionary totalitarian groups and our own spiritual delinquency.
17. Q: What conditions render us susceptible to subversion as a society?
A: Spiritual and moral delinquency.
18. Q: Since we will always be challenged by some kind of subversion, what is the real question to be asked of us?
A: Do we have the spiritual health to resist the challenge?
19. Q: What has replaced Christ for most Americans today?
A: They expect our civil government to be the savior.
20. Q: What has become our substitute for Jesus Christ as our good Shepherd?
A: A program of social socialistic security for all.
21. Q: What is the necessary prerequisite for free civil government?
A: Free men whose desire is responsible self-government under God.
22. Q: How are social ideas upside down for many today?
A: For many security is a social objective while liberty is not.
23. Q: What government are we refusing when we tolerate total government by the state?
A: Governing ourselves under God and by gods grace.
24. Q: For William Penn and Benjamin Franklin, what were the two options for government?
A: Men will either be governed by God or they will be governed by tyrants.
25. Q: What is the basic government of the universe and of man?
A: The government of God.
26. Q: How is rebellion against God’s government, bypassing His Word and laws self-destructive according to Proverbs 8:36?
A: Man is thereby in rebellion against his own health and his own life.
27. Q: According to Romans 7:10 what was the aim of God’s law?
A: The Law of God was ordained to life.
28. Q: How has the consequence of God’s law changed as is a result of our sin?
A: Man’s sin has made it a death sentence.
29. Q: The government of God is basic to what areas of life?
A: Self government, family, church, school, society, vocations, and the state.
30. Q:,Why is survival impossible apart from the government of God?
A: The government of God is the essential for life in every sphere of existence.
31. Q: What is the connection between self-government and Jesus Christ?
A: Self government presupposes freedom and there can be no true freedom for Man apart from Jesus Christ.
32. Q: How is Christ the principle of liberty?
A: He is the source and power of man’s deliverance from the slavery of sin and the penalty of death.
33. Q: What were Jesus own claims related to reality?
A: He declared “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).
34. Q: What are the conditions of liberty according to Christ?
A: He declared “the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32) and “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36).
35. Q: What is assured in Jesus Christ alone related to government?
A: Our liberty is assured and government is possible.
Chapter Fourteen: What is the Biblical position on property taxes according to the first Samuel 8:7-18?
Law and Property
1. Q: How important is the meaning and understanding of private property?
A: It is prerequisite to the possibility of a just social Order.
2. Q: How are property rights viewed by socialism?
A: They are attacked as a roadblock to human rights.
3. Q: What do Exodus 19:5, Ps 50: 7,10-12, I Cor 10: 26, 28, & II Cor 5:18 declare of property ownership?
A: All property, the earth itself, and all creation belong to God.
4. Q: What are the implications of God’s absolute lordship over all property?
A: His law governs all property.
5. Q: How does God’s establishment of man’s possession of property relate to family?
A: Property is a basic aspect of family life and essential to the economy of the family.
6. Q: Which of the 10 Commandments govern property?
A: Thou shall not steal, and thou shall not covet. Ex 20:15,17.
7. Q: What is man’s property and home according to God’s law?
A: It is his castle, his basic earthly security.
8. Q: What is the Biblical position on property taxes according to the first Samuel 8:7-18?
A: There is no provision for property taxes, it is seen as a form of tyranny and confiscation.
9. Q: What is the only tax God required or permitted on property?
A: The voluntary tithe to God depending on man’s faith and obedience.
10. Q: What was that historical position on property taxes in the U.S.?
A: Originally none of the American states permitted a property tax.
11. Q: What is the two fold purpose of Biblical inheritance laws?
A: To protect the family and to protect the property.
12. Q: What are the long-term consequences of property nontaxable by the state?
A: Man is secure in his land, home, and possessions in good times and bad.
13. Q: What is the mutual relationship between family and property that establishes the two as an essential unit?
A: Family depends on property for its material independence and property depends on family for its meaning and protection.
14. Q: In Leviticus 25:23, what law indicates how closely the Bible links family and property?
A: A man could not dispose of his property, live off its proceeds and thereby squander his children’s inheritance.
15. Q: How can man enjoy true liberty and great security whether he be prosperous or poor?
A: When a man is secure in the possession of his property.
16. Q: What does an attack on private property also war against?
A: The powers of freemen as well as their liberty.
17. Q: What is transferred to the state along with property?
A: Liberty and power are transferred to the state as well.
18. Q: Which three areas of private property must be addressed to stop in the state’s march towards total power?
A: Real property, personal property, and monetary property.
19. Q: What condition must be met for “reform” politicians to keep their promises?
A: They must set property free from state control and intervention.
20. Q: What is absent from the understanding of property in the evolutionary worldview?
A: According to evolution, property has no ultimate and fundamental moral sanction behind it.
21. Q: What is private property according to Marxism?
A: Private property is defined as theft.
22. Q: Why does Marxism attack property, the family, and God alike?
A: It rightly views God, family, and property as inseparably linked by nature and by law.
23. Q: What is planned to replace property and family under Marxism?
24. Q: What must also be defended in order for the defense of property to be effective?
A: The family and Christianity must also be defended.
25. Q: What is the fallacy of the libertarian defense of property?
A: They seek to do so in isolation from Christian faith and family.
26. Q: What is the one real foundation for private property?
A: The law of God.
27.Q: How does Christianity alone provide real security for private property?
A: By establishing God’s absolute Lordship over the earth and by grounding private property in the Word of God.
28. Q: What weakens the roots of private property?
A: When Biblical faith grows weak.
29. Q: When men are governed by God, what effect does it have on their relationship to property?
A: They become more provident, more inclined to be debt-free, more responsible in the management of their families and affairs, and more prone to own, cherish, and husband property wisely.
30. Q: What sin breeds debt living?
31. Q: What is the scriptural principle for debt-free living?
A: (Romans 13:8) Owe no man anything, but to love one another.
32. Q: When do we truly own property?
A: When we are debt-free.
33. Q: What is the basic function of private property?
A: To establish us in material liberty.
34. Q: Why is covetousness destructive of both men and property?
A: It grounds itself in sin rather than on God’s law.
35. Q: How does the Bible describes the character and station of those who move in terms of God’s Word?
A: The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace (Ps 37:11).
Chapter Sixteen: What is necessary for a family to maintain itself?
The Family and Inheritance
1. Q: What is basic to the control of property?
A: The control of inheritance.
2. Q: What is the result of the state entering into the question of inheritance?
A: Property is gradually transferred from the family to the state.
3. Q: What is the first step in the program of state confiscated property?
A: Inheritance tax .
4. Q: What is necessary for a family to maintain itself?
A: The family must control inheritance.
5. Q: What is common to all Biblical laws on inheritance?
A: They are all family laws.
6. Q: What does inheritance represent according the Bible?
A: It is a sign of faith, character, and godliness on the part of the man.
7. Q: What does Proverbs 13:22 declare of a good man?
A: He leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.
8. Q: What was the consequence of Biblical inheritance law?
A: It meant that power was concentrated into the hands the family.
9. Q: Why was the discipline of parents over their children unquestioned in the Bible?
A: Because authority and economic power rested in the family.
10. Q: According to Zimmerman and Cervantes, how long has Western society had a family organization?
A: Since Christianity became the faith of the West.
11. Q: What are the necessary conditions for the family to remain the socially stable unit?
A: The family must have liberty and property.
12. Q: Why do totalitarians hate the family?
A:Their basic thesis is man’s first loyalty must be to the state.
13. Q: What is a Christian family’s first allegiance?
A: To the triune God.
14. Q: Where did the “freed” woman find yourself the Soviet Union?
A: She became the unskilled labor force.
15. Q: Why did the Soviet Union abolish legal differences in family situations?
A: Their purpose was the destruction of the family.
16. Q: What does family life represented in the “free love, in a free state” ideal?
A: It is deemed harmful to collective life.
17. Q: What are the areas of state jurisdictional encroachment into family?
A: Children, income, property.
18. Q: What is prerequisite to the strengthening of state power?
A: The family must be progressively weakened.
19. Q: What conditions are necessary for the life and the authority of the family?
A: The liberty of the family
20. Q: What is the economic expression of the family’s independence?
A: The right to private ownership of property and the right of inheritance.
21. Q: What is the relationship between marriage and inheritance?
A: When the father has a stake in the future, he has the power and right to require godly marriages of his children.
22. Q: Who becomes the agent of the family when it assumes private property and inheritance?
A: The authority of the father governs the family.
23. Q: When are parents most likely to be honored?
A: When they have authority.
24. Q: Why did God give the law to honor parents (Exodus 20:12) as well as laws concerning property?
A: The two go hand-in-hand.
25. Q: How do unbiblical laws on inheritance dishonor parents?
A: By stripping of their power.
26. Q: What is proclaimed together with the “death” of God?
A: The death of family.
27. Q: What trumps all the vain conspiracies and wild imaginations of men?
A: The power of the Triune God.
28. Q: How does God exercise and demonstrate his power?
A: By ruling the nations and fulfilling his holy purpose.
29. Q: How can we share in God’s victory?
A: By standing forth clearly in terms of Him and His holy cause, separating ourselves unto Him.
30. Q: According to Matthew 12:30, where do those that do not stand with Christ find themselves and what are they accomplishing?
A: They are against Christ and they are scattering abroad.
Chapter Seventeen: What are the consequences for the family when it is not self-supporting?
The Functions of the Family
1. Q: According to history and the Bible, what is the central institution in law and society?
A: The family.
2. Q: In any society, what constitutes its law structure?
A: Basic rules of conduct.
3. Q: What defines life for the child?
A: The law structure that the family gives to the child.
4. Q: How is the family man’s basic lawmaking body?
A: It is the first place man, as a child, encounters law and rules of conduct.
5. Q: To whom do parents answer for delinquency in their lawmaking role?
A: To God, their Lord and Sovereign
6. Q: What source of law influences a child’s approach and reaction to church, school, state, and society?
A: Parental authority.
7. Q: What are some of the basic functions of the Biblical family as a law structure?
A: The family is man’s first and basic school, his first government, motivation and guidance for the child, an economic system, and serves a policing and protecting function.
8. Q: In a Biblically oriented family system, what important factor conditions birth?
A: A resolution to maintain for life a covenant under God.
9. Q: What inheritance cannot be duplicated?
A: Faith and unity in terms of the covenant under God.
10. Q: What institution remains unrivaled for the procreation and rearing of children?
A: The Biblical family.
11. Q: What is the consequence of a man lacking self government?
A: He cannot govern others.
12. Q: What difficult educational task is performed by mothers?
A: Teaching the child, incapable of speaking or understanding a word, her mother tongue.
13. Q: What makes the difficult and painstaking task of language learning natural and simple in the family?
A: It is expression of a mother’s love and the child’s response to that love.
14. Q: What is the basic educational power in the life of a child?
A: The educational function of the home.
15. Q: What is the child’s basic and first government?
A: The government of the father as head of the household under God.
16. Q: How is the mother governed by the family?
A: By the requirements of her husband and children.
17. Q: How is the father governed by the family?
A: By the necessity of providing for protecting his family.
18. Q: What are the consequences for the family when it is not self-supporting?
A: There is neither power nor authority in the person of the father.
19. Q: What are welfare families notorious for producing?
A: Undisciplined, immoral, and delinquent characters.
20. Q: What do welfare families generally lack?
A: Masculine authority.
21. Q: How does a man retain authority and ability to govern with wisdom and honor?
A: By providing for his family, accumulating respect, and cherishing private property.
22. Q: Why is the child provided the best guidance in the Christian home?
A: Because the family is most interested in him.
23. Q: What are the consequences of statist welfare for the family?
A: Disintegration and extensive demoralization.
24. Q: How is education affected under welfare?
A: There is less interest in the discipline and results of learning
25. Q: On what does the most ambitious education enterprise of history depend?
A: It is economically dependent on the family system.
26. Q: In what terms is the family historically unequaled?
A: In terms of sheer economic efficiency.
27. Q: What is the unequalled social contribution of the family?
A: Social stability and order.
28. Q: From the Biblical perspective, what ultimately governs the family and marriage?
A: The covenant with God and the Word of God.
29. Q: Why are the rights and duties of the family discharged with a high degree of efficiency?
A: The family as an economic unit has an excellent division of labor plan.
30. Q: What are governments doing when they talk of cradle-to-grave security?
A: They are imitating the family and offering the state as its substitute.
31. Q: How has the state sought to limit the family?
A: In its authority, power, and ability.
32. Q: How have modern changes affected the importance of the family for the future?
A: They have only underscored man’s need for the family.
33. Q: What has historically followed every era of statism?
A: An era of an intensely family oriented society.
34. Q: More than ever before, what aspects of Biblical faith must be taught?
A: Those concerning the family, its functions, property, and faith.
35. Q: What will prevail in God’s world?
A: God’s order.
Chapter Eighteen: What is the effect of denying the family its proper social role?
The Foundations of the Family
1. Q: What is the foundation of the family according to contemporary thinking?
A: Romantic love.
2. Q: What effect did the Roman emphasis on sexual love have on marriage?
A: It only intensified marital disharmony and increased the break down of the family.
3. Q: How did the intellectuals of Rome view the family
A: There was contempt for and an attack on the institution of the family and marriage.
4. Q: What is the history of negative attitudes toward the family in Western cultures?
A: They have recurred in the medieval, Renaissance, enlightenment, and today.
5. Q: What is the answer to most human problems for modern intellectuals?
A: Love as a panacea, and cure-all.
6. Q: How is the modern idea of love to be applied?
A: Either by statist coercion or by individual action.
7. Q: How do modern ideals weaken the family structure?
A: They limit the foundation of the family to nothing but love.
8. Q: What does a family need more than love?
A: A Godly law structure, an order, discipline, and security.
9. Q: How is the family guaranteed security?
A: When God’s word is recognized as paramount in all things.
10. Q: While the Bible clearly recognizes love generally in family and life, how does it differ with the common understanding of the role of love?
A: It does not permit love to become so basic to the family or to life.
11. Q: What are the necessary conditions of a stable home?
A: Food, clothing, shelter, discipline, teaching, faith, and motivation.
12. Q: what is the relationship between love and law according to Romans 13:10?
A: Love is the fulfilling of the law.
13. Q: When love is offered as the foundation of marriage by intellectuals, what is this foundation in actuality?
14. Q: What is the result of love truly entering a marriage?
A: A respect for and obedience to God’s law.
15. Q: Why is it necessary that believers marry other believers?
A: So that the husband and wife are united first in terms of common faith and obedience to God.
16. Q: How do the Bible and modern notions differ as to the basis of marriage?
A: One advocates a personal basis, the other a Christian basis.
17. Q: What is the result of the family under God’s law in terms of decisions?
A: No decision concerning the family can be purely personal.
18. Q: Why do collectivists insist that religion, morality,marriage and the family are purely personal and not social or collective problems?
A: This is in accordance with their purpose to abolish Biblical religion and morality.
19. Q: What is the effect of denying the family its proper social role?
A: The destruction of the family.
20. Q: What goes hand-in-hand with contempt for the family?
A: Contempt for religion and morality.
21. Q: How are the leaders of our day more sophisticated than Homeric characters?
A: They claim to be most concerned for man’s plight even as they callously use man to further their own power.
22. Q: What foundation will allow for the prosperity of the family?
A: The Christian family solidly grounded in Scripture.
23. Q: How do we see the family bypassed and neglected in education?
A: It has only a minor part in our education and are thinking.
24. Q: How are contemporary thinkers at odds with the Bible in their ideas of sex?
A: For them there is a radical disassociation and separation of sex and marriage.
25. Q: Why is there a a deliberate cultivation of an anarchistic and atomistic individualism today?
A: Because it is the anti-family, atomistic, individuals who are the most congenial to collectivism.
26. Q: Why does the atomistic individual embrace collectivism?
A: He is the least under law in his own life.
27. Q: What do anarchism and totalitarianism have in common?
A: They’re both destructive to law and are triumphs of lawlessness.
28. Q: How do family and law order relate?
A: The Christian family is basic to God’s law order for man.
28. Q: Why was the family established by God?
A: For the welfare and happiness of mankind.
29. Q: What blessings are promised to the Godly family?
A: Long life, children, and prosperity.
30. Q: What is the Biblical relationship between life, family, and community?
A: Man’s truest life is in community, and the God-given community is first of all the family.
31. Q: What do Psalm 127, 128 and many of the Proverbs celebrate?
A: The blessedness of godly family life.
Chapter Nineteen: What made Patrick Henry a great lawyer?
Justice & the Common Law
1. Q: What was the legal revolution responsible for the consequential degradation in jurisprudence we see today?
A: The supplanting of common law as basic to our legal structure with statute law.
2. Q: Where is the root of English and American common law found?
A: In the Bible.
3. Q: What is the age old doctrine of common law?
A: The application of Biblical law and doctrine of justice to the problems of everyday life.
4. Q: According to Rosenstock-Huessy, what union is responsible for the common law?
A: Universal law and local customs.
5. Q: Where did common law stand in relationship to the king?
A: It cannot be depreciated by the King’s arbitrary power.
6. Q: According to Huessy, rather than a national source, what was the origin of common law?
A: It was the dowry of Christian baptism.
7. Q: How did Henry VIII seek to enact his own laws?
A: By suppressing the common-law as much as possible.
8. Q: What does supremacy of the law mean under common law?
A: No king, state, or any agency of the state is above the law.
9. Q: What was the function and standing of courts under common law?
A: They were independent of the state as ministers of justice.
10. Q: How does common law differ from statute law?
A: It is not based on written laws and enacted by any agency of the state.
11. Q: What was the basis of the common-law judge’s decisions?
A: He based his decisions on basic Christian law, biblical law, and Biblical doctrines of justice.
12. Q: Why was no specific written law needed to cover every crime under common law?
A: The case was always covered by a basic principle of justice, by Christian principles as adapted for local usage.
13. Q: What is the practical difference between statute law and common law?
A: Common law is flexible, statute law is rigid, statute law is governed by the letter of the law rather than the principle of justice.
14. Q: What do precedent cases represent under common law?
A: They are developments of the implications of the basic principle.
15. Q: How has the Supreme Court perverted precedent law?
A: They have used precedent law to overturn historic constitutionalism.
16. Q: What is the central nerve of the common law?
A: The supremacy of God and His law over church, state, and courts, over all man-made laws.
17. Q: Rather than the bulwark of the people against injustice, what has the law of today become?
A: An esoteric cult whose initiates are only the trained lawyers of the school.
18. Q: What made Patrick Henry a great lawyer?
A: He represented great faith and a great moral force intelligently marshaled and ably disciplined to his task and calling.
19. Q: What aspect of common law was basic to its administration?
A: Trial by jury.
20. Q: Where do we find both the common law and trial by jury established by the Constitution?
A: The seventh amendment of the Bill of Rights.
21. Q: What was one significant purpose of trial by jury?
A: To preserve the administration of the law to amateurs.
22. Q: What is the meaning basic to law administered by trial by jury?
A: Justice was based not on the technical knowledge of statute law but on a Christian sense of justice.
23. Q: What does trial by jury represent for statist statute law?
A: A contradiction.
24. Q: How did Oliver Wendell Holmes mischaracterize common-law?
A: As basically governed by the motive for revenge.
25. Q: What principles are in fact basic to justice?
A: Responsibility and retribution.
26. Q: What is the practical effect of statute law and its procedural laws?
A: It prohibits prosecution by becoming progressively more unwieldy and less enforceable.
27. Q: What principle of common law was a substitute for imprisonment?
A: Restitution through inflicting monetary damages on the criminal to compensate the victim.
28. Q: Who did the common law serve as opposed to the impersonal state?
A: The law operated for the welfare of the citizen.
29. Q: What is statute law as opposed to a Constitution?
A: The enactment of the legislature.
30. Q: What has been the effect of statute law on the European continent for the past century?
A: Growing statism and declining liberty.
31. Q: What aspect of law have Europeans been attracted to in England and America in the past?
A: The persistence of the common law and its subsequent godly liberties.
32. Q: How did the Pharisees make the law of God of none effect?
A: Their self-created tradition reduced it to an esoteric doctrine beyond the grasp of the people.
33. Q: When does law perish?
A: When the faith which undergirds the law dies.
34. Q: How do we revive justice and the common-law and who is responsible to do so?
A: It is every man’s responsibility before God to revive the faith which alone makes it possible to revive the common law.
Chapter Twenty: What is the simplest and best definition of socialism?
Lands Without Justice
1. Q: What is a society not grounded on the triune God and His law destined to reveal?
A: A basic hostility to justice.
2. Q: According to Augustine, what proved more destructive than war in the Roman Republic?
A: Peace which slew the defenseless and granted unresisting death.
3. Q: To Augustine, what was a nation without justice?
A: A band of robbers.
4. Q: How is a criminal syndicate similar in operation to a nation?
A: It has an authority, a head, a body of rules and laws, it’s own self-policing, and fixed territories and cities.
5. Q: What word is synonymous with justice and correctly communicates its religious implications?
6. Q: What is the Biblical meaning and source of justice or righteousness?
A: Moral and religious perfection from God.
7. Q: What does justice mean for the human scene?
A: The rule of God’s righteousness among men.
8. Q: In what ways ought God’s righteousness rule man?
A: By divine grace in the heart of man, and through civil government.
9. Q: What is civil government’s role related to righteousness?
A: It is a ministry of justice.
10. Q: What is the order that godly law establishes?
11. Q: When does legislation become anti-law?
A: When God’s standards of righteousness are removed from the law.
12. Q: What is law without justice?
A: A form of theft.
13. Q: When the wealthy void of justice seek the maintenance of the social order, what is the result?
A: The law becomes their tool to subjugate the poor and make them poorer.
14. Q: When the poor, void of justice, seek social welfare what is the result?
A: They use law to rob the rich and hard-working men in order to support those wanting to live on the proceeds of robbery.
15. Q: How has humanism been responsible for creating robber states?
A: By denying the relevance of God’s law to man’s law and divorcing law from the righteousness of God.
16. Q: What is the only difference between the criminal syndicate and the modern state?
A: The state claims to have the general will of the nation behind it.
17. Q: How is every state potentially deemed illegitimate under democratic humanism?
A: A world state could call a national state a criminal order because it merely represents a limited segment of the world’s peoples.
18. Q: What is the reality of humanistic democratic law related to justice?
A: There is no ultimate right or wrong.
19. Q: What kind of will is the individual or en masse will of man according to Scripture?
A: A sinful will.
20. Q: Rather than justice, what is the interest of man’s sinful will?
A: Getting more and more of the best for himself.
21. Q: What is the simplest and best definition of socialism?
A: Legalized robbery.
22. Q: Why does theft rather than work become more and more basic to the socialist robber state?
A: Men find stealing to be their preferred way of progress.
23. Q: What are two elements basic to resistance of the criminal syndicate state?
A: Personal faith in Christ as Savior and God’s righteousness as the foundation of civil order law and justice.
24. Q: Who are the recipients of pity and sympathy in lands without justice?
A: The unjust and the criminals rather than the victims.
25. Q: Where does true civil government derives its power and law?
A: From God (Ps 62:11).
26. Q: How can Justice be restored?
A: By restoring God to His rightful place in our personal and national lives.
27. Q: What do Daniel 2:21 and 4:30 declare related to government power? A: God removes and sets up Kings.
28. Q: Where does power ultimately come from according to Romans 13:1?
A: The powers that be are ordained by God.
29. Q: During most of American history who recognized God as the source of government?
A: The people and the courts.
30. Q: How is a decent government to be ordered according to the Connecticut Constitution?
A: According to God as His Word requires.
31. Q: What was using the courts to deny a man his property compared to in a 1905 court decision?
A: A heathen raging as a law unto himself.
32. Q: Where did the rights of courts to exist and function expressly rest in cases as recent as 1921?
A: On their power to mete out fundamental justice.
33. Q: What is a court reduced to devoid of justice?
A: A tool whereby one class oppresses another.
34. Q: In recent times where can we observe the most logical effects of humanism on a legal structure?
A: In Soviet law and courts.
Chapter Twenty-One: What are the two ways God's law operates in the world?
The Death of God and the Law
1. Q: What is the consequence of Altizer’s premise that nothing supernatural can be real, true, or historical?
A: By definition then, God cannot exist.
2. Q: What is historicity to Altizer as a representative of the “death of God “school of thought?
A: In immersion in historical time that is totally isolated from any meaning or reality that might be beyond it.
3. Q: What is reality for Altizer and the death of God school?
A: Only that which is completely human.
4. Q: What does Dewart condemn in “The Future of Belief?
A: It is wrong to say that God has being.
5. Q: For Dewart, what is the truth about God?
A: That he does not exist.
6. Q: Why must Dewart speak for God?
A: Because his god is by definition of silent God.
7. Q: In the end, what does the death of God school offer?
A: It gives us a silent god, and loudmouth philosophers who are the voices of this dead God who is beyond being.
8. Q: What are the consequences for law if God cannot speak?
A: Then there is no law founded on God’s word.
9. Q: For the death of God school, who is the new God?
A: The voice of historicity is the new God of being.
10. Q: What are the attributes of this new God?
A: He is a God who is only human, and has no law outside of himself.
11. Q: How does united humanity as God find itself?
A: Through the vehicle of the state.
12. Q: According to William Hamilton, where can Jesus be found?
A: In the social order, in a new world, in united humanity.
13. Q: What is denied in the name of pure historicity?
A: Any absolute law or absolute right and wrong.
14. Q: What is the consequence of modern humanism?
A: The state substitutes itself for God.
15. Q: When humanity is exalted, what is government according to Irving Howard?
A: The deification of the personification of man’s collective power.
16. Q: What is a better term for the ‘death of God’ school considering it’s motivation and purpose?
A: ‘The war-on-God’ school.
17. Q: What is the essence of humanism?
A: The substitution of man for God as the sovereign and lawgiver.
18. Q: What does the basic fallacy of the Death-of-God school?
A: It’s wishes are father to its thought, it wants God dead, therefore he is dead.
19. Q: What are the two ways God’s law operates in the world?
A: As a blessing and as a cursing.
20. Q: What are the conditions for blessing in man’s life according to God?
A: His law must be obeyed.
21. Q: To what extent is life granted for the obedient faith?
A: Both in time and eternity.
22. Q: What is the promise for law keeping according to Deuteronomy 5:16?
A: Days prolonged. and wellness in the land which the Lord giveth.
23. Q: What are the conditions stated for the Deuteronomy 28:2-14 blessings?
A: Harkening unto the voice of the Lord and not going aside from the words He commands.
24. Q: What is necessary for blessing and rewarding righteousness?
A: The cursing and punishment of evil.
25. Q: What does Hebrews 13:8 reveal about the nature of God?
A: He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
26. Q: Rather than questioning the condition of God, what is the real question?
A: Where do we stand in terms of His work, law, grace, and calling?
Chapter Twenty-Two: What is the double civil war created under Marxism?
1. Q: In its relativism, what does Marxism deny?
A: That there is absolute truth, and fundamental right and wrong in the universe.
2. Q: Instead of God, what is seen as a source of truth and law under Marxism?
A: All ideas of truth and law simply reflect the will of the ruling class.
3. Q: Why does the Marxist claim his laws are more democratic?
A: Because they supposedly represent the will of the proletariat.
4. Q: Why is man the only standard of value under Marxism?
A: Because Marxism is economic humanism.
5. Q: Why do Marxists oppose the US Constitution?
A: It is seen as anti-democratic and anti-proletarian.
6. Q: According to Edward Corwin, what does the US constitution presuppose?
A: A higher law, the law of God.
7. Q: How is law used as a weapon under Marxism?
A: It is used against the enemy in the fight for socialism.
8. Q: What is the social purpose of Marxist law?
A: It is a political tool for reconstructing human society.
9. Q: What is the inevitable political consequence of the communist slogan “all power belongs to the Soviets”?
A: The totalitarian dictatorship of the proletariat.
10. Q: What is substituted in Marxist courts for absolute justice?
A: The will of the state.
11. Q: What did Soviet courts retain no independence?
A: Socialism does not tolerate any division of powers because it is by its own definition totalitarian.
12. Q: Why does Marxism work to discredit every other law system?
A: To bring about it’s breakdown in order to replace it with socialist, revolutionary, justice.
13. Q: What areas of social order are targeted by Marxism?
A: Capitalists, churches, independent groups, etc.
14. Q: What is the exclusive idea of law under Marxism?
A: The correct actions of the socialist state.
15. Q: What are the only real crimes for Marxism?
A: Crimes against socialism.
16. Q: What does the term “crimes against peace “imply related to the idea of God?
A: It involves a faith that Marxism is the one true God.
17. Q: What conclusion can we reach about a society so long as the deaths under the arbitrary rule of Stalin and the deaths of millions of victims under the Bolshevik Revolution are not equally repudiated?
A: There has not been an honest and sincere turning from methods of violent oppression and terror.
18. Q: What is the double civil war created under Marxism?
A: First among the ruling communists and second between the state and the people.
19. Q: Why is peace between party and people an impossibility in the Marxism?
A: Because the communist state always regards its subjects as the enemy.
20. Q: How does a communist state seek to remake his subjects?
A: By brain-washing or brute force.
21. Q: What are the consequences for resisting state coercion under Marxism?
A: Crushing terror and violence.
22. Q: What happens when communism makes a mistake?
A: It refuses to accept guilt because it is by definition the perfect system.
23. Q: Who becomes a scapegoat for failure under communism?
A: Portions of the party, the people, or both.
24. Q: Why can communism never bring peace?
A: Because it’s Marxist theory of law guarantees perpetual war.
25. Q: What does Marxism destroy that law is supposed to ensure?
A: Justice and order.
26. Q: What is insured when a system is anti-law?
A: Instead of society, there will be anarchy and chaos.
27. Q: What did the Soviet Union prove to be rather than the new civilization?
A: A sorry substitute for civilization.
28. Q: As a new hope for mankind, what does Marxism seek to replace?
A: Christian revelation.
29. Q: What is the logic of Marxism?
A: The logic of humanism carried to his suicidal conclusion.
30. Q: What does Proverbs 8:36 revealed as a consequence of sin?
A: Man’s wronging of his own soul.
31. Q: If man hates God’s wisdom, what does he love?
Chapter Twenty-Three: How is the modern notion of adolescence a legitimated form of insanity?
The Absurdity of Parenthood Today
1. Q: How has propaganda been contradictory to statistics regarding population growth?
A: The birthrate has been dropping alarmingly all over the world amidst talk of a population explosion.
2. Q: What was the state of Europe’s population in the 60s?
A: Two thirds of its nations where failing to reproduce their adult populations.
3. Q: What is the most effective form of birth control according to Rushdoony?
A: The law.
4. Q: How does the law discourage parenting?
A: It penalizes parents at every turn and discourages responsible parenthood.
5. Q: What is denied when a society holds to moral ‘environmentalism’?
A: The Biblical doctrine of personal responsibility.
6. Q: What does the society and law produce in children today?
A: They induce juvenile irresponsibility.
7. Q: What is too often meant by aging parents who express no desire to seek help from their kids?
A: They don’t want to be humiliated by the children’s reluctance to help.
8. Q: What is the consequence of our legal framework related to parenting?
A: Our legal framework has made it absurd and parasitic.
9. Q: What does a law that allows for parasitic children work to destroy?
A: The natural relationship of parent and child.
10. Q: If the parent-child relationship doesn’t work both ways, what is the result?
A: It is a sick and socially destructive relationship.
11. Q: How is the modern notion of adolescence a legitimated form of insanity?
A: It is associated with rebelliousness, emotionalism, and stress.
12. Q: How has the concept of adolescence historically differed from our concept today?
A: Adolescence has often been a particularly proud and happy age and the time of maturity.
13. Q: What does the mentally sick and spiritually sinful idea of adolescence pursue?
A: Independence while being subsidized by the parents.
14. Q: What commands to children are central to Scripture’s opposition to modern adolescence?
A: To honor and obey their parents (Deut 5:16, Eph 6:1-3).
15. Q: What are the meanings of the words: ‘nurture’, and ‘admonition’?
A: ‘Nurture’ means discipline & ‘admonition’ means commandments.
16. Q: Rather than mere choice, what is obedience in scripture?
A: A matter of law.
17. Q: What renders a gift to God unacceptable according to Mark 7:12-13?
A: Denying parents their due care.
18. Q: What did Paul link directly to the Christian faith in I Tim 5:8?
A: Providing for one’s own house.
19. Q: What does “worse than an infidel” imply of someone who refuses to take care of his own?
A: He is a consummate hypocrite and denier the faith.
20. Q: In Rushdoony’s judgment, why is the Bible so blunt on issues of family-based welfare?
A: Because departure from this law means departure from Christian social order.
21. Q: What is enthroned when the family is destroyed?
A: Self-centered psychology.
22. Q: How does socialism seek to take over the functions of the family?
A: By providing cradle-to-grave security.
23. Q: What is the socialist substitute for maturity?
A: Full-fledged parasites.
24. Q: What is a prerequisite for socialism among a population?
A: They must be spoiled children.
25. Q: What is the role of the state as father under socialism?
A: To provide more than true parents can and protect children from the necessity of growing up.
26. Q: How can the chaos of a self-destructive social substitute for family be averted?
A: The family must reestablish it’s godly order.
27. Q: What are two ends to which there are no shortcuts?
A: Liberty and maturity.
28. Q: Why does socialism always destroy itself?
A: Because it cannot truly replace the family and the result is chaos.
29. Q: How are family and country related?
A: The Godly family is basic to a free country.
Chapter Twenty-Four: What is the result of a society governed by mob psychology?
Custom & Morality
1. Q: What governing forces often are stronger than morality?
A: Customs or social mores.
2. Q: What test do most people fail related to morality versus customs?
A: They are more afraid of offending friends through bad taste than offending God by sin.
3. Q: What is result of an age whose disposition values appearance over morality?
A: The result is a rapid social decline.
4. Q: What are two requirements for morality?
A: Faith and courage.
5. Q: What is the basic meaning of morality related to reality?
A: It means making a stand and taking a course in terms of God’s reality rather than man’s reality.
6. Q: Where does morality place man in a sinful world?
A: It places a man in tension with the world at the very least.
7. Q: What governs the moral man?
A: God and his conscience.
8. Q: What is the inclination of moral man related to society?
A: He is more inclined to be independent of the group and self reliant.
9. Q: What is the productive result of morality in society?
A: Godly individualism and an independence of spirit.
10. Q: What contrary spirit prevails were customs rule society?
A: People become group directed and feel it imperative to be members of the pack.
11. Q: Where do the standards of group directed people rest?
A: On the customs or fads of the group.
12. Q: How are custom oriented people collectivistic?
A: They are anxious at all times to be with a particular group whose customs are their social code.
13. Q: What is the result of a society governed by mob psychology?
A: The social order lacks stability and character.
14. Q: What qualifies man for office these days more than good character and experience?
A: The excepted social image.
15. Q: What is present wherever society places custom above morality?
A: A revolutionary situation.
16. Q: How do we determine a revolution in standards and behavior has taken place?
A: When the moral foundations of the social order had been denied.
17. Q: What is undermined with morality?
A: Law and religion.
18. Q: When is a revolution virtually accomplished?
A: When moral order has been destroyed.
19. Q: What does moral order on earth represent?
A: The establishment of objective ethical or moral truth.
20. Q: What is morality related to the relationship of God and man?
A: It is the conformity of earth and man to the will and Word of God.
21. Q: What is prerequisite for the health and welfare of the society as a whole?
A: It must be grounded in truth.
22. Q: Moral order provides the best possible framework for what social advantage?
A: Liberty and the development of man.
23. Q: What is the greatest asset to any revolutionary group?
A: A large body of people who are governed by conventions or customs.
24. Q: What can a country lose if appearance is all that matters?
A: It’s historical position, constitutionalism, and liberties.
25. Q: What do complacent people in apostate churches tend to ignore?
A: All subversion in the political order.
26. Q: More than simply blind people, what do complacent churchgoers represent?
A: They are themselves the first great wave of social revolution, moral anarchy, and national and religious decadence.
27. Q: How are conventional people more deadly then organized revolutionists?
A: Their position is more contagious and more destructive.
28. Q: On what terms do conventional people believe in Christ?
A: Only in terms of a sensible modern perspective.
29. Q: While conventional people retain the form of Christianity, what do they deny?
A: The faith in actuality.
30. Q: Why can’t conventional people face reality in any direction?
A: They have substituted appearance for reality and customs for moral order.
31. Q: How does Isaiah describe conventional people in Isaiah 6:10-11?
A: Those who hearing will not hear and seeing will not see.
32. Q: What did the oblivion in Isaiah’s day deny to the people?
A: Understanding of mind and restoration of health.
33. Q: What is the destiny of a conventional people lead by customs?
A: They are blinded by God and lead to destruction.
34. Q: What is the nature and destiny of those in Christ Jesus?
A: Righteousness and life.
Chapter Twenty-Five: What was done to precipitate moral collapse in Communist Russia?
The Anniversary of Communism
1. Q: By the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union, how was Marxism understood?
A: By Leninism.
2. Q: What did Lenin’s inspiration; Nechayev advocate as means to obtain revolutionary objectives?
A: The use of terror, lies, murder, and any means necessary.
3. Q: What phrase did Lenin use to catch Fools?
A: “Equal rights”.
4. Q: In 1920, after the Revolution, what did Lenin declare?
A: All phrases about equal rights are nonsense.
5. Q: In 1917 where did Lenin declare the temple of happiness for all would be built?
A: On the ruins of everything.
6. Q: How did Lenin propose to remake man and the world?
A: Through establishment of total dictatorship and the use of total power.
7. Q: What was Lenin’s purpose for building the institutional state?
A: To organize violence in the interests of the people.
8. Q: For Lenin, what was the instrument to liquidate the idea of democracy?
A: The idea of dictatorship.
9. Q: What did Lenin advocate to destroy opposition?
A: Total terror.
10. Q: At the exclusion of morals, what constituted politics for Lenin?
A: Only expedience.
11. Q: What type of morality did Lenin repudiate?
A: All morality which proceeds from supernatural ideas or ideas outside class conceptions.
12. Q: What was a basic moral justification to Lenin’s thinking?
A: Everything was moral which was necessary for the annihilation of the old social order.
13. Q: How did Lenin view religion?
A: As the opiate of the people.
14. Q: What did religion suppress according to Lenin?
A: Humanity and desire for decent existence.
15. Q: How must the revolutionary spin all lawful measures to the public in Lenin’s view?
A: As a subterfuge and snare, an attempt to fool the masses into being inactive and subservient.
16. Q: What was the first ingredient in Lenin’s revolution?
A: A number of people whose hope and activity is violence and terror.
17. Q: What kind of collapse did Lenin institute by order of priority?
A: Moral collapse ahead of political collapse.
18. Q: What was done to precipitate moral collapse in Communist Russia?
A: Assault, ridicule, and denial of religious and moral foundations of the nation.
19. Q: Why must the spiritual, moral, and political heritage of the people be rendered meaningless in the revolution?
A: People will not fight to preserve something that is meaningless to them.
20. Q: What is the result of undercutting a people’s intellectual and spiritual roots?
A: It reduces them to nihilism.
21. Q: What was the practical meaning of “great vacillation” among sectors of the populace under Revolution?
A: Inability to make a strong stand.
22. Q: What will be the people’s response to violence assuming great vacillation?
A: instead of dealing firmly with it and condemning it, they will appease and excuse it.
23. Q: What relationship do morally nerveless and broken men have to the revolution?
A: They become a great asset and necessary ingredient for revolution.
24. Q: What was distinctive about Lenin’s violence?
A: It was a planned violence.
25. Q: What statement of Danton was emphasized by both Marx and Lenin?
A: “Audacity, more audacity, and still more audacity.”
26. Q: What was Lenin’s ‘watchword’ for uprising?
A: “Let all die, but do not allow the enemy to pass.”
27. Q: How did communists appear from the standpoint of western parliamentarians?
A: As crude and bungling.
28. Q: What is the goal of Western politics as opposed to communism generally?
A: To persuade, not to coerce.
29. Q: How do western politicians insist on seeing the communist tactics?
A: As poor public relations, and as an inability to persuade.
30. Q: Conversely to the political West, how does the communist view violence?
A: Violence is more successful and more logical given their philosophy of history.
31. Q: How did Lennon see the struggle between capitalism and communism?
A: As total war.
32. Q: According to Rushdoony, what was responsible for a high degree of communistic success?
A: Lenin’s realism.
33. Q: What were notable central features of Lenin’s system?
A: Consistency, single mindedness, and a total dedication to one purpose.
34. Q: What mistakes render opposition to communism futile?
A: Mistaking war for negotiations, battle for debate, and not recognizing when and where one is being attacked.
35. Q: What is evidently inconsistent in the western Liberals thinking?
A: He pays lip-service to a few Christian ideas, while holding to a Marxist environmentalism.
36. Q: Who will command the future?
A: Men who command the present.
37. Q: What do the times call for to command our day?
A: Christian faith and realism.
Chapter Twenty-Six: What is often the casualty of striving after in impossible perfection?
Nepotism & the Law
1. Q: What was the original meaning of nepotism?
A: Favoritism to nephews in hiring.
2. Q: What has nepotism come to mean today?
A: Favoritism to any relative in hiring especially in politics.
3. Q: What is the first reason the stated call to outlaw nepotism is wrong?
A: It makes no moral distinction between fraud and honest work.
4. Q: What does equating the hiring of a relative with fraud demonstrate?
A: It is a sign of moral delinquency.
5. Q: What ought to be considered as a moral condition of employment?
A: The giving of good and faithful service.
6. Q: What practice led to the coining of the term ‘nepotism’?
A: The hiring of nephews to fulfill important roles in the Vatican and papal states.
7. Q: What need is an example of an important consideration in hiring relatives?
A: Confidential help from someone with unquestioned loyalty.
8. Q: How can relatives assist in a plan of action?
A: They can enable its execution without betrayal or hesitation.
9. Q: When is much good found in the use of trustworthy men?
A: When a plan of action is morally sound.
10. Q: How is the hiring of relatives sometimes basic to the sound administration of office?
A: It Is often a necessary safeguard and security measure.
11. Q: What contributed to the criticism of nepotism in the medieval church?
A: The monastic hostility to the family.
12. Q: What has worked to limit the independence and authority of the family in the modern world?
A: Inheritance taxes, income taxes, property laws, and other legislation.
13. Q: How is the resistance against hiring family to be seen in light of Scripture?
A: As basically hostile to Biblical faith.
14. Q: What does the Bible stress related to family and family issues?
A: It stresses the centrality of the family in every aspect of life.
15. Q: Rather than a crime, how does the Bible treat nepotism?
A: As a moral necessity.
16. Q: How can we condemn God in condemning nepotism?
A: In some cases He specifically required or commanded it.
17. Q: What is one Biblical circumstance where God sanctioned nepotism?
A: He ordained that Aaron, Moses’ brother, should become Moses’ closest associate.
18. Q: Nepotism notwithstanding, what were the conditions for God’s blessing in Old Testament monarchies?
A: They received His blessing as long as all moved in terms of God’s law.
19. Q: What was the relationship of James and John to Jesus?
A: They were His cousins.
20. Q: What do we face today that is responsible for the war on the family?
A: An anti-biblical morality.
21. Q: What is referred to as anti-democratic and aristocratic sentiment these days?
A: Partiality to your family.
22. Q: What movement do attacks against the family represent?
A: A replacement of a familistic order with a statist one.
23. Q: What results from batteries of tests and requirements in business and civil government?
A: Depersonalizing offices and civil service.
24. Q: What does anti-nepotism establish in the name of abolishing prejudice and discrimination?
A: Legal prejudice against the family.
25. Q: What is the result of abolishing loyalty?
A: Diminishing integrity and faithfulness.
26. Q: What tends to be most productive of social chaos?
A: The attempt to create a perfect system.
27. Q: What is often the casualty of striving after in impossible perfection?
A: The destruction of God given foundations of social order.
28. Q: How is the family basic to social order?
A: It is man’s basic social security and responsibility, the area of closest loyalty and strength.
Chapter Twenty-Seven: How is the mental perspective of Marxism no different from that of the insane?
The Flight from Life
1. Q: What does Rushdoony identify as a dominant aspect of the arts and academia?
2. Q: What does escapism rebel against?
A: The realities of life.
3. Q: What does escapism systematically attempt?
A: To find refuge in a dream world.
4. Q: For academic escapists, what is hated more than scholarship is loved?
A: They hate the business world.
5. Q: What world does the academic ascetic forsake?
A: Capitalism and Christianity, the world of family and morality.
6. Q: What is the basic fallacy of escapism?
A: It is a flight from reality.
7. Q: How is escapism nonproductive?
A: Progress comes only when men move in terms of a sense of reality.
8. Q: In the example given, how does one escape an underprivileged existence without escaping reality?
A: By studying at night to qualify for a responsible and well-paying position.
9. Q: How do men deal with life in full rebellion against reality?
A: They seek to conform life and reality to their dreamworld.
10. Q: What is politics to the political escapist?
A: It is a way to abolish reality by means of political action.
11. Q: What basic tenet of Biblical faith is the antithesis of escapism?
A: Individual responsibility.
12. Q: If man is a sinner accountable to God, redeemable only by Jesus Christ, what is the focal point of social change?
A: The heart of man.
13. Q: What is the basic presupposition for a man unwilling to except responsibility for his sin?
A: All is well with him and all is wrong with the world.
14. Q: What is the political escapist’s answer to his problems?
A: To change the world, not himself.
15. Q: As a political escapist philosophy, what did Marxism propose to do?
A: Eliminate all oppressed humanity and end all forms of exploitation.
16. Q: What was introduced in Marxist Russia as the means whereby a new order would be birthed?
A : Social ownership of means of production and exchange.
17. Q: Contrary to beliefs, what effect did Marxist revolution have on exploitation and class division?
A: In actuality, it increased them.
18. Q: What futile promises did Marxism make related to liberty?
A: Inviolability of person and dwelling, unlimited freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, strikes, unions, movement and occupation.
19. Q: According to the Communist manifestos, what was the necessary condition for social revolution?
A: Dictatorship of the proletariat.
20. Q: What happened to the framers of the 1903 manifesto after the Revolution of 1917?
A: Virtually every surviving framer was executed.
21. Q: What is the root cause of failure of the Marxist dream?
A: It represents a flight from reality.
22. Q: What is the fundamentally problematic denial of Marxism?
A: The Biblical doctrine of Original Sin.
23. Q: What does a government naturally Institute when it distrusts man?
A: Checks and balances in the state to hedge him in.
24. Q: How is the mental perspective of Marxism no different from that of the insane?
A: He regards his illusions as reality and insists on living in terms of them.
25. Q: What is the consequence of a government that denies the nature of man?
A: It produces chaos and destruction as a perpetual hindrance to the very productivity it demands of the people.
26. Q: What is the common fallacious premise of liberalism and some forms of political conservatism?
A: The goodness of man.
27. Q: What is the inevitable end of starting with unlimited freedom?
A: Unlimited despotism.
28. Q: What did Dostoyevsky see as the two-part division of mankind under Marxism?
A: 1/10 is to enjoy absolute freedom and unbounded power over the other 9/10s.
29. Q: In effect, what right do advocates of the socialist world demand?
A: The right to become gods and rule over other men.
30. Q: What was the common denominator Dostoyevsky saw Marxism seeking to reduce everyone to?
A: Complete equality, complete obedience, and complete loss of individuality.
31. Q: Why was Dostoyevsky’s warning unheeded?
A: Most shared the humanistic illusions concerning man.
32. Q: What do men guilty of the desire to be gods refuse to face?
A: The fact of man’s total depravity.
33. Q: What was Satan’s basic temptation and man’s original sin?
A: The attempt to be as gods determining good and evil for ourselves.
34. Q: What was man’s glorious destiny under God?
A: To be king, priest, and prophet under God over the earth.
35. Q: Separated from Jesus Christ, what illusion does man live under?
A: That his sin to be as God is fact.
36. Q: How was man restored to his destiny?
A: In Jesus Christ.
37. Q: In his sin, how does man pervert the doctrine of the incarnation?
A: He attempts to make his word become flesh.
38. Q: What does Proverbs 8:36 communicate related to realizing the potentialities of life?
A: Life is realized on God’s terms, not man’s.
Chapter Twenty-Eight: What is the root reason compelling the humanist to deny the possibility of knowledge?
The Flight From Knowledge
1. Q: What was championed by Oliver Wendell Holmes in America?
A: Legal positivism.
2. Q: What quote of Homes demonstrates his relativistic hostility to knowledge?
A: “I detest a man that knows what he knows quote.”
3. Q: For Chief Justice Fredrick Moore Vinson, what was chiefly certain?
A: “The principle that there are no absolutes.”
4. Q: What three categories describe the perspective of the relativist?
A: Pragmatism, positivism, and anti-Christianity.
5. Q: What does the relativistic position exclude?
A: Truth and absolute right and wrong.
6. Q: What does the relativist hold as the limits of man’s relationship to reality?
A: You can use reality, but you cannot truly know it.
7. Q: How does the relativist position account for God?
A: It is held that man cannot know if God exists.
8. Q: According to Compte, what does the question of meaning and knowledge represent?
A: Theological and metaphysical stages of history.
9. Q: For Compte, what supplants meaning and knowledge in the scientific age?
A: Men move in terms of ability.
10. Q: What question does the relativist prefer to “what does this mean”?
A: “How can I use it?”
11. Q: For Compte, how is the new goal of learning to be recast?
A: Not as the pursuit of knowledge, but as the power to manipulate.
12. Q: What do Marxist, existentialistic, pragmatic, instrumentalistic, progressive, and other forms of modern education have in common?
A: Hostility toward, and a flight from knowledge.
13. Q: What are the objects of modern education’s radical cynicism?
A: Family, patriotism, religion, philosophy, theology and everything else.
14. Q: What is divorced from the student when it is held that knowledge is power?
A: Meaning and knowledge.
15. Q: Rather than history as a study of the past, what definition has replaced the description of history as a discipline?
A: As the study of human control, It has become a social science.
16. Q: What basic disciplines of philosophy are treated with contempt in the modern world?
A: Epistemology, and metaphysics.
17. Q: Why has philosophy been reduced to the study words?
A: It is only interested in using words as instruments of power.
18. Q: What did Hayakawa propose that sets men free to pioneer in a world of no restrictions or inhibitions?
A: “identification is something that goes on in the human nervous system, ‘out there’ there are no absolute identities.”
19. Q: How does the idea of knowledge as merely the quest for technical power show up in churches?
A: Rather than men seeking knowledge of God and His word, they seek instead to live more successfully, how to find peace, and how to win friends.
20. Q: What has become a substitute for worship, submission, and the knowledge of God’s word in church today?
A: People ate seeking to advance themselves psychologically and socially.
21. Q: What has the church been reduced to in an atmosphere of technical power?
A: A pragmatic tool of humanistic man.
22. Q: What is lost of our understanding of God if we deny absolute truth and knowledge?
A: The truth that there is a God who is the center and Lord over all things.
23. Q: Without the knowledge of God, what becomes absolute?
A: The only absolute in any man’s life becomes himself.
24. Q: If men man’s only absolute truth is himself, what becomes his purpose?
A: The exercise of power over other men.
25. Q: What is the motive that drives men to seek power over other men and things?
A: To prove to himself that he is the God which he believes he is.
26. Q: What does modern humanism represent in relation to society?
A: A secession from society.
27. Q: What is the root reason compelling the humanist to deny the possibility of knowledge?
A: It is the only possible way he can imagine to deny God.
28. Q: According to Psalm 19:1-3, what reality must you also deny if you deny the reality of God?
A: The heavens, firmament, day and night themselves.
29. Q: What are two invisible things of God made clearly known in creation according to Romans 1:19-20?
A: The eternal power and Godhead.
30. Q: What are the only kind of facts in the universe?
A: God created and God ordained facts.
31. Q: Why does relativism attack the family?
A: Family involves subordination to an excepted law and order.
32. Q: What kind of relationship is tolerable for relativist?
A: A “free-love” relationship without obligation or responsibility.
33. Q; Why is it important for the humanist to maintain independence from all ties and responsibilities?
A: To maintain the illusion that they are the gods of creation.
34. Q: What is the logical culmination of the flight from knowledge?
A: Total ignorance.
35. Q: What does existentialism necessarily breed?
A: An unwashed, boorish, and ignorant heard of followers.
36. Q: What does Psalm 139 assure will be the end of the flight from the knowledge of God?
A: It is doomed to frustration.
37. Q: How will everyone ultimately submit to Jesus Christ (Philippians 2:10-11)?
A: Either as Savior or as Judge.
Chapter Twenty-Nine: How does Proverbs describe the suicidal course of socialism?
Socialism as a Perpetual Civil War
1. Q: What is rejected with the assumption that problems are merely material and environmental?
A: The spiritual nature of man’s problems, namely sin.
2. Q: What is a socialist substitute for the regeneration of man by Jesus Christ?
A: The reorganization of society by the scientific socialist state.
3. Q: What is common to every system of thought?
A: An infallibility concept.
4. Q: What does the infallibility concept mean for a system of thought?
A: Ultimate, final, and inerrant authority is vested somewhere in the system as the basic and assured arbiter of truth or reality.
5. Q: What is the infallible rule of history for the socialist state?
A: Scientific socialism.
6. Q: What are some of the scapegoats offered for Socialism’s failures?
A: The hostile people, remnants of the capitalistic class, traitorous members of the party.
7. Q: What necessarily becomes the answer to every problem under socialism?
A: Civil War.
8. Q: What was communist China’s answer to contagious diseases spreading across the country in 1967?
A: The doctor’s were held responsible for ignoring Mao’s health policies.
9. Q: What is the cause for inflation in America?
A: The federal government’s departure from a hard money standard, debt living, and deficit spending.
10. Q: What is most often blamed for inflation in America?
A: The private sector, labor, and business.
11. Q: How are demands for capital and labor related to inflation?
A: They are the result of inflation as steps taken to protect against it.
12. Q: How are guilt and wisdom ascribing under socialist policies?
A: Socialism ascribes all guilt to the people and all wisdom to the state.
13. Q: Why is it impossible for Socialism to blame itself?
A: Because socialism is by definition the scientific answer to the problems of society.
14. Q: Rather than a way out, what does socialism guarantee?
A: An economic dead-end.
15. Q: What is the final result of socialism’s perpetual Civil War?
A: It will terminate in the death of the state and possibly the civilization as well.
16. Q: What often corresponds to monumental building & construction?
A: A dying civilization.
17. Q: What do healthy societies focus on rather than monument building?
A: The concern is more with life than show.
18. Q: Why is terror necessary and defended under communism?
A: It is upheld as necessary to suppress enemies of the people and protect the state from destruction.
19. Q: How did John Paul Sartre characterize terror in his “Critique of Dialectical Reason”?
A: As the very bond of fraternity.
20. Q: What is proportional to the states approach towards socialism?
A: It’s approach toward total terror and total civil war.
21. Q: Why do those like George Orwell turn from socialism?
A: A revulsion from terror.
22. Q: What are two casualties of socialism?
A: The will to work and the will to live.
23. Q: What is the purpose of a “thaw” in socialistic oppression?
A: To give the people a reason to believe that there is hope for change.
24. Q: What followed promises of easing pressure on the populations in both Stalin and Khrushchev’s regimes?
A: Even greater terror. W
25. Q: Why do you socialist regimes sometimes deviate and ease their policies?
A: For the purpose of reinforcing that policy.
26. Q: Rather than the communication of truth, what is the purpose of speech for socialism?
A: It is utility to the dictatorship of the proletariat as a weapon of warfare.
27. Q: What is language to the Christian?
A: The means of communicating an objective order of truth.
28. Q: How does Socialism view opposition to the use of language as an instrument of power?
A: As bourgeoisie sentiments and delusions.
29. Q: How does Proverbs describe the suicidal course of socialism?
A: “He that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” (Proverbs 8:36)
Chapter Thirty: According to the Supreme Court in a 1925 Oregon decision, what does the liberty of America exclude?
Politics & Education
1. Q: What other institutions should be excluded from state financing along with churches?
2. Q: What is meant by the disestablishment of schools?
A: The separation of school and state.
3. Q: Education is the function of what party?
4. Q: Why do unsubsidized institutions survive?
A: Because their services are needed and their services are better than competitors.
5. Q: How does a subsidy destroy quality?
A: It keeps failures in the field of activity from paying the price of failure.
6. Q: What ought to be the price of failure in the economy?
A: Going out of business.
7. Q: What is the moral and legal consequence of government financing?
A: Subsidies grant the government the right to control that activity.
8. Q: What is a subsidy in addition to form of establishment?
A: A form of capture.
9. Q: Does necessity entitle an institution to a subsidy?
10. Q: How were poor children educated prior to state subsidies?
A: By educational missionary societies.
11. Q: What example cited shows the degree of cost difference between private and government education?
A: Alongside a public school, a Christian school was built in with equal numbers of children enrolled at half the cost.
12. Q: What does state-supported education maintain?
A: That the state has all the answers to life.
13. Q: What is the essence of totalitarianism?
A: Virtually every sphere of humanity should be governed by the state.
14. Q: What do Marxism, democracy, fascism, and Fabianism having common?
A: Their belief in the state control of education.
15. Q: What are areas of education control that Christian libertarianism is opposed to?
A: Politics and church
16. Q: In education, how is the school similar to the church and the state?
A: Is a free agency under God.
17. Q: What takes over education when it is controlled by an extrajurisdictional institution?
A: Propaganda begins to govern education.
18. Q: What is a truly successful school?
A: One whose purpose and teaching so greatly pleases a certain group of people that they voluntarily support it.
19. Q: At the time of this book, what was America’s fastest-growing social movement?
A: Non-statist education.
20. Q: Why are schools being established?
A: Because parents are demanding an education that meets their requirements, not the state’s.
21. Q: What is a good and necessary slogan for education?
A: “Keep politics out of education.”
22. Q: How is the University anti-intellectual and basically hostile to excellence?
A: It is a refuge of mediocre men.
23. Q: Why are the excellent instinctively excluded from education according to Carl Jaspers?
A : Fear of competition.
24. Q: Rather than by subsidy, how does science advance?
A: Under competition and the necessity to provide in terms of profits.
25. Q: Other than for the needs of the working world, how is school geared?
A: To meet the needs of the state.
26. Q: According to the Supreme Court in a 1925 Oregon decision, what does the liberty of America exclude?
A: The power of the state to standardize its children by forcing them to accept instruction from public teachers only.
Chapter Thirty-One: Why did the American Indian starve regularly on a rich continent?
Planning for Famine
1. Q: What was common for all ages into the 18th century?
2. Q: What was often the case in spite of availability of land and growing space?
A: The meager living of most people.
3. Q: What is one part of the world that is not known famine?
A: The United States.
4. Q: How did the American Indians demonstrate famine is not necessarily related to overpopulation?
A: As a population of 300,000 people at most, they experienced famine regularly.
5. Q: What do Prentice and Walford point to as the basic cause of famine?
A: Human folly and ignorance.
6. Q: What is man’s greatest problem related to the cause of famine?
A: To protect himself against himself.
7. Q: What practice related directly to the land is a common cause of famine?
A : Prevention of cultivation or willful destruction of crops.
8. Q: What is often the consequence of communistic control of land?
A: Defective agriculture.
9. Q: What kinds of government interference on land cause famine?
A: Regulation and taxation.
10. Q: How does currency relate to famine?
A: Resections including debasing the coin cause famine.
11. Q: What is a major byproduct of socialism?
A: Agricultural chaos and famine.
12. Q: What effect did communism have on Russia as the breadbasket of Europe?
A: It caused several major famines and chronic agricultural problems.
13. Q: What was the reason for the bounty of America pictured in Mark Twain’s memoirs?
A: The United States was a free country.
14. Q: At the time of this book, who were the two largest importers of farm commodities?
A: The United States and Great Britain.
15. Q: Where do agricultural controls lead?
A: Economic chaos.
16. Q: What was the consequence of England freeing it’s economics of state controls?
A: A famine free century while it’s population more than doubled in some areas.
17. Q: What two factors have increased with the growth of liberty all over the world?
A: The population size and the food supply.
18. Q: What shortcut to paradise on earth does Socialism offer?
A: Statist controls.
19. Q: What excuse do the statists use to explain their failure to feed people?
A: The myth of overpopulation.
20. Q: Why did the American Indian starve regularly on a rich continent?
A: They lacked the freedom that is necessary for initiative.
21. Q : What was the difference between the American Indians and the white settlers related to famine?
A: Liberty, faith, and hard work.
22. Q: What has become a substitute for liberty, faith, and hard work in overcoming man’s problems?
A: Laws, regulations, and pushbuttons.
23. Q: What is the endgame highly technical government solutions for farming such as satellite analysis?
A: To analyze, control, and determine all farming in terms of an overall plan.
24. Q: What does central planning produce related to farming?
A: Agricultural chaos.
Chapter Thirty-Two: How does education manifest the urge to mass destruction?
The Will to Death
1. Q: What did Freud correctly identify as basic motive forces in man?
A: The will to death and the will to live.
2. Q: How does the will to death affect men according to Freud?
A: This suicidal drive governs the unconsciousness of man.
3. Q: What did Albert William Levi conclude is the goal of life in light of the predominant drive in man?
A: The goal of all life is death.
4. Q: Why are Freud’s conclusions not applicable to the Christian?
A: Because Jesus Christ is the new way of life within him.
5. Q: What is the Christian’s basic drive?
A: To live righteously under God.
6. Q: How does the Psalmist summarize the Christians will to life?
A: “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” (Ps 118:17)
7. Q: How does John describe our faith in victorious terms?
A: “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith” (I John 5:4)
8. Q: What two major factors does Samuel J. Warner identify as causes for the urge to mass instruction?
A: A craving for individual power and the motive of revenge.
9. Q: What ideals are philosophically basic to a culture of death?
A: Relativism and nihilism.
10. Q: According to Nietche, how is nihilism defined?
A: The belief that everything deserves to perish.
11. Q: What is the conviction of thorough nihilism?
A: Life is absurd in the light of the highest values already discovered.
12. Q: What did Nietche identify as the deed of nihilism?
13. Q: In Warner’s estimation of human mind mindedness what is its key underlying feeling, it’s salient craving, and it’s major factor respectively?
A: Hatred of all who live, individual power, and revenge upon all.
14. Q: What is more important than success for a man governed by the will to death?
A: The defeat of others.
15. Q: What Catch-22 does a person with a will to death find himself in related to the notion of success?
A: He’s envious of the success of others but is also afraid of success and avoids it.
16. Q: What is the result of a collective will to death nationally and internationally?
A: A mental condition of the urge to mass destruction.
17. Q: What is spiritually basic to the will to death?
A: Hatred of the God of scripture.
18. Q: What Ideal governs all men outside of Christ?
A: Hatred for God.
19. Q: How is God a major obstacle in man’s quest for independence?
A: His basic sin is the attempt to become God, to determine to know good and evil apart from him.
20. Q: Since God is the ground of man’s existence, what is the result of willing the death of God?
A: Willing man’s own death.
21. Q: What areas of life have become governed by the urge of mass instruction?
A: Politics, foreign affairs, personal lives, rebellious youth, education, and family.
22. Q: How does education manifest the urge to mass destruction?
A: Proven values or forsaken for courses bound to increase ignorance and folly.
23. Q: What is surprising about reasons people give for their own suicide?
A: Most reasons given are uniformly trivial.
24. Q: What is the actual reason for suicide?
A: Guilt ridden people are driven by a will to death.
25. Q: How do people show their will to death politically?
A: They demand national courses of action which lead to mass destruction.
26. Q: What areas of disarmament are supported by a demand for death?
A: Moral, spiritual, economic, and militarily.
27. Q: How does abortion relate to suicide?
A: The two go hand-in-hand as they both represented hatred for life.
28. Q: What is a logical extension of granting science the right to take prenatal life?
A: As a judge over life, science has a right to take postnatal life.
29. Q: Why do people who support abortion claim to be against capital punishment?
A: Since they advocate murder by abortion, why should they punish postnatal murders?
30. Q: What is the consequence of man’s apostasy from God according to Proverbs 8:36?
A: Love of death and the will to death.
31. Q: What is the declaration of Christ as the only antidote to the will to death?
A: “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25)