With this volume, I conclude my studies in Biblical law, knowing that more needs to be said, but that, at age 81, I cannot say it all. At one time, all Christendom recognized God’s law as the governing word for men and nations. We have seen, in this century especially, a major revolt against God’s enscriptured law. The consequences are not good for men or nations. It is an illusion to believe that men can live without law. In a fallen world, with men in revolt against God, God’s law is the only effective and valid check against evil, the only true way of justice, and the necessary condition of life.
Writing the Institutes of Biblical Law, volumes I and II, certainly brought on me savage hostilities, both from the world at large, but also from the church. It is very important that I add that it has brought even greater blessings.
I have tried, over the years, to do four interconnected things. First, to honor and to further the presuppositionalist philosophy of religion of Dr. Cornelius Van Til. Second, to further a return to a Christian education as against the prevailing statist and humanist philosophies and practices on all levels of education. Third, I have sought to recall men to the law-word of God. So much of the Bible, including the prophets and the historical books, is given to this that it seems strange that one could see dispensing with most of the Bible as valid! But there is a fourth one, namely, to set forth, systematically and Biblically, theology, the Biblical perspective for all of life and thought. We cannot limit Christian theology to church life without denying it.
As I have grown older, I have grown steadily more appreciative of the love, training, and heritage given to me by my father and mother. There is a beautiful phrase in the Bible that I think often of, namely, that someone “died and was gathered unto his people,” or fathers (Gen. 25:8, 17; 35:29; 49:29, 33). This happy event lies ahead of me. I think too of the many friends and supporters, some now dead, many still living, and the privileges of eternity in so blessed a company. I thank God that by His sovereign grace I was born rich and will die even richer.
Rousas John Rushdoony Chalcedon, October 18, 1997