Rousas John Rushdoony

Rousas John Rushdoony

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 8 Feb 2001 (aged 84)
Vallecito, Calaveras County, California, USA
Burial Kingsburg, Fresno County, California, USA
Memorial ID 99743911 · View Source
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The Rev. Rousas John Rushdoony, was born in New York City, the son of Armenian immigrants Yegheazar and Vartanoush Rushdoony. His family has a long history of Christian ministers, going back to the year 320. He graduated from the University of California (Berkeley) in 1938 with a BA in English, and received a MA in Education in 1940 He also graduated from the Pacific School of Religion in 1944. In the same year he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister. 

He served as a missionary for eight and a half years on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada. While there he began writing his first book, "By What Standard?" which was published in 1959

In 1965 he founded The Chalcedon Foundation, which in 1981 Newsweek magazine described as "the think tank of the religious right". He is often credited with being the father of the home-school movement. He was the editor of the Chalcedon Report, a monthy magazine published by the Chalcedon Foundation. He has been called upon numerous times as an expert witness in court, to help defend the religious liberty of Churches, Christian schools and home schools.

He wrote numerous books on theology, law and history. He most influential was "The Institutes of Biblical Law" (1973). In it he shows how Old testament Biblical law should be applied to life in modern society.


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  • Created by: Dan & Karen Read
  • Added: 28 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 99743911
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rousas John Rushdoony (25 Apr 1916–8 Feb 2001), Find a Grave Memorial no. 99743911, citing Kingsburg Cemetery, Kingsburg, Fresno County, California, USA ; Maintained by Dan & Karen Read (contributor 47581255) .