Five Solas


Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p.448

Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p.448

VIII. The Eighth Commandment

Rousas John Rushdoony

The Institutes of Biblical Law: A Chalcedon Study, Nutley, N.J.: Craig Press, 1973, pp.448-541

1. Dominion
2. Theft
3. Restitution and Forgiveness
4. Liability of the Bystander
5. Money and Measures
6. Usury
7. Responsibility
8. Stealing Freedom
9. Landmarks and Land
10. The Virgin Birth and Property
11. Fraud
12. Eminent Domain
13. Labor Laws
14. Robbing God
15. Prison
16. Lawful Wealth
17. Restitution to God
18. The Rights of Strangers, Widows, and Orphans
19. Injustice as Robbery
20. Theft and Law


1. Dominion

 Man was created in the image of God and commanded to subdue the earth and to have dominion over it (Gen. 1:26-27). Not only is it man’s calling to exercise dominion, but it is also his nature to do so. Since God is the absolute and sovereign Lord and Creator, whose dominion is total and whose power is without limits, man, created in His image, shares in this communicable attribute of God. Man was created to exercise dominion under God and as God’s appointed vicegerent over the earth. Dominion is thus a basic urge of man’s nature. (p.448)