Chalcedon Foundation


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Chalcedon Foundation

As the father of Christian reconstructionism, Rousas John Rushdoony called upon fundamentalist Christians to take control of American and world governments.

Rousas John Rushdoony (1916–2001) was a formidable scholar. For twenty-five years he read and annotated a book a day, six days a week. Such a voracious reading program by no means occupied his every waking hour. Rushdoony earned a master’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley, attended the Pacific School of Religion, and entered the Presbyterian ministry, serving a mission to the Chinese in San Francisco and, later, the Western Shoshone tribe in Idaho. He also wrote a number of books on politics, education, law, philosophy, and conservative Christianity. In 1965 Rushdoony moved to the Los Angeles area and founded the Chalcedon Foundation, recalling the Council of Chalcedon in 451, which proclaimed that the political structure of the state must be subservient to God.

In 1973 Rushdoony published his magnum opus, The Institutes of Biblical Law, an eight-hundred-page wake-up call to Protestants to begin to apply biblical legal principles to the real world around them. With this massive call to fundamental Christians to take control of American and world governments, Rushdoony became the “father of Christian reconstructionism.” In 1981 he served alongside Beverly and Tim LaHaye, Rev. Donald Wildmon, and Dr. D. James Kennedy in the Coalition for Revival, a group dedicated to “reclaiming” America.

What the Chalcedon Foundation Believes

  • The Ten Commandments must be the ordering principle applied to civil government in order for the free market and voluntary social action to flourish. Christians must take control of the U.S. government and impose strict biblical laws.
  • The death penalty should be applied to practicing homosexuals.
  • There should be no interracial marriages permitted or any kind of enforced integration allowed.
  • The Bible recognizes that some people are by nature meant to be slaves. Slavery in the pre–Civil War United States was really benevolent, in spite of contemporary efforts to make whites feel guilty.
  • The Holocaust did not happen in the manner that the Jews who “bear false witness” portray the alleged death camps.
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James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Ministries/Center for Reclaiming America, and Beverly LaHaye's Concerned Women for America, as well as the Alliance Defense Fund, the American Family Association, the Chalcedon Foundation, American Vision, the Christian Action Network, the Family Research Council, Summit Ministries, and the Traditional Values Coalition.
This love and obedience prompted his tireless support of the ministry of the Chalcedon Foundation and the efforts of the John Birch Society.
In the late 1960s, Rousas John Rushdoony was a retired Orthodox Presbyterian pastor who ran a little-known organization called the Chalcedon Foundation in a tiny town in central California.
As well, during the period that Leo Strauss taught at the University of Chicago, Rousas John Rushdoony [born into Calvinism, then later became a Presbyterian minister] founded the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965 (http://www.
CHALCEDON FOUNDATION Seminal think tank of the theocratic Christian Reconstructionist movement, founded by the late RJ.
Shortt (Vallecito, California: Chalcedon Foundation, 2004), 466 pages, trade paperback, $22.
Two "Christian Reconstructionist" groups that have called for imposing Old Testament law on America were also listed: American Vision and the Chalcedon Foundation.
This journal is published by the Chalcedon Foundation, the leading Christian Reconstructionist organization in the country.
The main groups promoting it, the Chalcedon Foundation and American Vision, do not have large budgets but are recognized as having established the framework for mixing religion and politics that many Religious Right leaders cite as a model for their activism.