Five Solas


Gary North Millennialism And Social Theory 8 A Startling Contrast

Gary North Millennialism And Social Theory 8 A Startling Contrast

8. Historical Sanctions: An Inescapable Concept

Gary North

Millennialism And Social Theory, Tyler, Texas: Institute for Christian Economics, 1990, pp.185-209

1. Eschatology and the Millennium
2. What Is Social Theory?
3. Covenantal Progress
4. Pessimillennialism
5. The Society of the Future
6. Time Enough
7. Denying God's Predictable Sanctions in History
8. Historical Sanctions: An Inescapable Concept
 Honesty as the Best Policy
 Visible Sanctions and Truth
 The Rejection of Social Theory
 The Dispensational View of History
  A Missed Opportunity
  Cultural Irrelevance for Jesus' Sake
  A Startling Contrast
  Without the Sugar-Coating
 The Theology of the Rescue Mission
  The Truth Hurts
 A Perfect Pessimism
 The Quest for Relevance
  The Shaking of the Foundations
  The Impossible Dream
9. The Sociology of Suffering
10. Pietistic Postmillennialism
11. Will God Disinherit Christ's Church?
12. Our Blessed Earthly Hope in History
13. What Is to Be Done?
Appendix: The Lawyer and the Trust
For Further Reading


A Startling Contrast

 In that same year, 1973, R. J. Rushdoony's Institutes of Biblical Law appeared. (So did my Introduction to Christian Economics.) To assess the magnitude of the opportunity that dispensationalism forfeited, consider what Rushdoony did with practically no money, no degree-granting institution, and no mailing list of graduates. He began his book ministry in 1959 with a book on Van Til's philosophy, By What Standard?, and followed this effort with these: Intellectual Schizophrenia (1961), The Messianic Character of American Education (1963), This Independent Republic (1964), The Nature of the American System (1965), Freud (1965), The Mythology of Science (1967), Foundations of Social Order (1968), The Myth of Over-Population (1969), The Biblical Philosophy of History (1969), Politics of Guilt and Pity (1970), Law and Liberty (1971), The One and the Many (1971), and The Flight from Humanity (1973). He wrote a column every other week for The California Farmer, from which a collection of essays was taken: Bread Upon the Waters (1969). He also intervened to get The Genesis Flood published by Presbyterian & Reformed after Moody Press turned it down.22 He had begun his newsletter on a shoestring in 1965. Speaking hundreds of times each year, reading an average of a book a day, Rushdoony produced more books of lasting significance than the combined faculties of Dallas, Grace, and Talbot did in the same period, 1959-73 (and, I would also add, before or after). (p.197)

22. Henry M. Morris, A History of Modern Creationism (San Diego: Master Books, 1984), p.154. (p.197)