Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A Conference I'll be Skipping

Just ran across this:

Providential History Festival Promo from ProvHistory on Vimeo.

Nope, don't think I'll be attending. Besides the hokeyness of it, it's promoted by the Chalcedon foundation - a "Christian educational organization devoted to research, publishing, and promoting Christian reconstruction in all areas of life." Sound good, but not so much. Here's a little more (from Wikipedia - not always the best source, to be sure):

"In presenting a theonomic view of biblical law, the foundation is often referred to as promoting theocracy and dominionism. According to the group's web site:

We believe that the whole Word of God must be applied to all of life. It is not only our duty as individuals, families and churches to be Christian, but it is also the duty of the state, the school, the arts and sciences, law, economics, and every other sphere to be under Christ the King. Nothing is exempt from His dominion. We must live by His Word, not our own.

The Chalcedon Foundation has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center."

Certainly Rushdoony, the founder, held pretty strong racist views. Besides that, he looks like Count Dooku!


<- Rushdoony :: Count Dooku ->

6 comments:

Tim said...

Nice Star Wars reference there, Dan.

B-Carl said...

Amillennialist nonsense. The state can no more be reformed than Satan and his demons.

Until He returns, all of mankind will be inherently sinful. We must reestablish the doctrine of Simul justus et peccatore, utopian visions for the state always, ALWAYS, end in widespread death in the name of that utopia. The Church should see to the Church, and I don't think there's any Biblical mandate for trying to re-form the whole of the earth and all of her governments. Our job is to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth, in all places, at all times. The vision of a reformed state is a holdover from the Puritan era in American history, but it is no more possible today than it was then. The book of Revelation makes it clear that rather than the world becoming reformed, persecutions and ungodliness are going to increase until He returns.

It is no use asking the reprobate to live sanctified lives.

Dan Waugh said...

BCarl,
I think you mean Postmillennialist nonsense. Amillennialists believe the kingdom is a spiritual kingdom and wouldn't think about trying to establish it through the state. Rushdoony, and all theonimists I know of, were postmillennialists. The puritans were, by and large, postmillenialists (Edwards, etc). It lead to Manifest Destiny, Social Gospel, etc.
Amillennialism, which emphasizes the present spiritual kingdom, tends to see a big distinction between the two kingdoms (of God and of this world) and recognizes that, no matter how the kingdom of this world is improved, it will always be the kingdom of man, not the kingdom of God.

Doug said...

You should ask Lynn for a nice blue suit like that for Christmas.

B-Carl said...

I stand corrected on the vocabulary. Thanks.

BenjaminAdam said...

I second Doug on the suit.
That or a light saber.