Five Solas


Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p.262

Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, p.262

VI. The Sixth Commandment

Rousas John Rushdoony

The Institutes of Biblical Law: A Chalcedon Study, Nutley, N.J.: Craig Press, 1973, pp.219-332

1. “Thou Shalt Not Kill”
2. The Death Penalty
3. Origins of the State: Its Prophetic Office
4. “To Make Alive”
5. Hybridization and Law
6. Abortion
7. Responsibility and Law
8. Restitution or Restoration
9. Military Laws and Production
10. Taxation
11. Love and the Law
12. Coercion
13. Quarantine Laws
14. Dietary Rules
15. Christ and the Law
16. Work
17. Amalek
18. Amalek and Violence
19. Violence as Presumption
20. Social Inheritance: Landmarks


“To make alive” is thus not a return to Eden, nor a return to a past standard, but a move forward in terms of the Kingdom of God and man’s dominion over the earth. (p.262)

 The logic of the perfectionist view of nature is not only raw foods and vegetarianism, but also nudism and the avoidance of all inventions and constructions, including houses. If nature is perfect, then a return to a natural way of life requires the abandonment of all man’s artifices and constructions. Cooking, clothing, and housing all become unnatural refinements and hence logically taboo. Few of those who advocate a return to nature are as logical as this, however. (p.262)

 In any case, the belief that nature is normative is anti-Christian and clearly unbiblical. It is God who is normative, and His law that governs man and nature alike, so that the world around is fully God’s handiwork, and, although fallen, as fully to be governed by the law of God as is man. (p.262)

 Third, hybridization and unequal yoking involve a fundamental disrespect for God’s handiwork which leads to futile experimentation, such as organ transplants, which represent sterile and limited gains in some areas, and a basic loss of moral perspective in every area. For the evolutionist, the world is fertile with potentiality because it is not fixed and set into a pattern. For the creationist, the fertility and the potentiality of the world rest precisely in its vital patterns, in its fixity, whereby man can work productively and with a full assurance of success. Knowledge and science require a basis of law, fixity, and pattern. Without this, there can be neither science nor progress. Hybridization is an attempt to deny the validity of law. Its penalty is an enforced sterility. In every area, where man seeks potentiality by a denial of God’s law, the penalty remains the same, limited gains and long-range sterility. (p.262)