Read pp. 288-292 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, Coercion, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. How have abortion advocates used the concept of coercion to their advantage?
2. How do a person’s presuppositions play into their identification of evil and coercion? Can you give examples?
3. By divorcing intent and act the humanist denies responsibility. Yet, when it suits his fancy, he makes whole classes of people responsible for things that pre-date them by a full century. Since this is obviously schizophrenic, why do claims of “that’s inconsistent!” fall on deaf ears?
4. Is there any truth to the fact that man’s social conditions influence and cause him to commit crimes? Explain.
5. Why will intellectual arguments along these lines prove frustrating for the believer when debating with a non-believer? Is the answer to stay away from controversial subjects? If not, what is the answer?
6. How does God’s law make the process of punishing crime direct and less convoluted than the humanistic laws in place today? Explain.
7. Is manipulation the same thing as coercion? Explain your answer.
8. The Scriptures tell us that as born-again believers, the law is written on our hearts. How does the function of the law change from coercion to “guiding light” as a result of our conversion?
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