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A Postmodernist Takes on Theonomy

There has been a lot of discussion flying around on the blogosphere recently on whether Glenn Beck and his Black Robed Regiment want to establish a theocracy in America. To those who recite the pledge of allegiance every day, as I have done for the past ten years, it should come as a surprise that although our nation’s school children each confess that we are “one nation under God,” many people are threatened by the idea of a theocracy.

A theocracy simply means a nation ruled by God. As a Christian, I understand that all nations are ruled by God whether people want to recognize that or not. However, most people define theocracy to mean a state ruled over by a church or a religion. This is not a theocracy, but rather an ecclesiocracy.

A true theocrat would resist the rule of men – whether they are churchmen or secular men – but instead would seek always to be ruled by law. The question ultimately becomes, “Whose law?” Is it man’s law, autonomy, or God’s Law, theonomy?

A while ago, I made the observation that all Christians, and in fact all people, are theonomists whenever God’s Law appeals to them. A true theonomist is simply one who tries to obey God’s Law even when he doesn’t like it or fully understand it.

This is a truism. You will either stand for God’s higher law or you will be a law unto your own self. You will either stand for theonomy or autonomy.

A while back, I published an short essay by an Internet friend who gave an excellent definition of postmodernism. In the introduction to the esay, I noted that I have often encountered an “atheist syndrome” when having discussions with these young postmodernists on my blogs and vlogs. Not all atheists are like this, and are thankfully inconsistent with the implications of their own worldview. Only the “New Atheists” insist on being epistemologically consistent. In my observation, I wrote that the atheist syndrome seems to be a mental disorder characterized by the following:

  1. They claim to love reason and logic, but are unreasonable and overly emotional.
  2. They claim that Christians cling to blind faith, and yet their propagation of lunatic conspiracy theories is endless.
  3. They are obsessed with logical fallacies, but don’t know what a logical fallacy is and commit them constantly.
  4. They claim to respect research and authority, but don’t have a clue on how to do proper research and will abandon a debate when faced with solid scholarship that refutes them.
  5. They start endless arguments, but quickly change the topic when they have no rebuttal and resort to ad hominems and strawman arguments when they have no other place to run to.

Today, a postmodernist atheist weighed in on my theonomic syllogism. He was responding to the following video, which is a clip from a DVD I produced called, God’s Law and Society.

The following response is a perfect example of the atheist syndrome. In just two sentences it contains most of the aspects I listed above.

TheGodlessGuitarist has made a comment on Second American Revolution: Rousas John Rushdoony – 1 of 9:

@jcr4runner

“A true “theonomist’ is one who accepts and tries to obey God’s law even when he doesn’t like it or fully understand the reason for it.”

Yeah yeah.

A decent person aspires to do the right thing no matter what they are told. A religious person does what they are told no matter what is right.

I wouldn’t expect you to examine this fundamental problem in your own worldview critically, diligently and honestly as you are a christian [sic] apologist, i.e., a hardcore narcissist.

My Response

It’s interesting. Only a postmodernist can flip around definitions, calling white “black” and black “white,” without noticing the contradiction. A postmodernist’s definitions, like everything else, are driven by whatever they “feel” must be right. In fact, postmodernism is the ultimate form of narcissism.

You say someone who does whatever they decide is right must always be the one who sees the world “critically, diligently and honestly.” But someone who ascribes to a higher law that constrains their behavior must be a “narcissist.”

However, the definition of narcissist a person who has excessive love or admiration of his own desires or opinions.

Of course, a true narcissist will just redefine the terms to mean the opposite of the conventional use in order to justify his own feelings. I’ll leave it to the truly critical, diligent and honest observers to decide which definition is correct.

Your comments are welcome!

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God's Law and SocietyGod's Law and Society (DVD)

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God’s Law and Society powerfully presents a comprehensive worldview based upon the ethical system found in the Law of God.

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Sixteen Christian leaders and scholars answer some of the most common questions and misconceptions related to this volatile issue:

1. Are we under Law or under Grace?
2. Does the Old Testament Law apply today?
3. Can we legislate morality?
4. What are the biblical foundations of government?
5. Was America founded as a Christian nation?
6. What about the separation of Church and State?
7. Is neutrality a myth?
8. What about non-Christians and the Law of God?
9. Would there be “freedom” in a Christian republic?
10. What would a “Christian America” look like?

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Running Time: 240 minutes

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The Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of ChristThe Real Jesus: A Defense of the Historicity and Divinity of Christ (DVD)

Who is the Real Jesus?

Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.

Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.

The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.

Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.

Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!

Running Time: 130 minutes

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Go Stand Speak (DVD)

With “preaching to the lost” being such a basic foundation of Christianity, why do many in the church seem to be apathetic on this issue of preaching in highways and byways of towns and cities?

Is it biblical to stand in the public places of the world and proclaim the gospel, regardless if people want to hear it or not?

Does the Bible really call church pastors, leaders and evangelists to proclaim the gospel in the public square as part of obedience to the Great Commission, or is public preaching something that is outdated and not applicable for our day and age?

These any many other questions are answered in this documentary.

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Dr. Francis Schaeffer - How Should We Then Live? (DVD)

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After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.

Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.

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The Beast of Revelation IdentifiedThe Beast of Revelation: Identified (DVD)

Who is the dreaded beast of Revelation?

Now at last, a plausible candidate for this personification of evil incarnate has been identified (or re-identified). Ken Gentry’s insightful analysis of scripture and history is likely to revolutionize your understanding of the book of Revelation — and even more importantly — amplify and energize your entire Christian worldview!

Historical footage and other graphics are used to illustrate the lecture Dr. Gentry presented at the 1999 Ligonier Conference in Orlando, Florida. It is followed by a one-hour question and answer session addressing the key concerns and objections typically raised in response to his position. This presentation also features an introduction that touches on not only the confusion and controversy surrounding this issue — but just why it may well be one of the most significant issues facing the Church today.

Ideal for group meetings, personal Bible study — for anyone who wants to understand the historical context of John’s famous letter “… to the seven churches which are in Asia.” (Revelation 1:4)

Running Time: 145 minutes

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