Read pp. 293-297 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, Laws of Quarantine, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. Is it legitimate for our civil government to impose quarantines?
2. Are “needle exchange programs” and “private screening for AIDS” biblical concepts?
3. On the basis of the spread of disease is enforcing a ban on prostitutuion a duty of government?
4. Is school segregation a Biblical concept? Are there any valid criteria for segregation?
5. Rushdoony states: “Toleration is the excuse under which ... leveling is undertaken, but the concept of toleration conceals a radical intolerance.” Can you cite examples?
6. Rushdoony states that “Every social order institutes its own program of separation or segregation. A particular faith and morality is given privileged status and all else is separated for progressive elimination. The claim of equality and integration is thus a pretext to subvert an older or existing form of social order.” If this is true, is that the tactic Christians must take to reclaim the society?
7. How have state schools functioned as quarantine centers? How has the media? How has the public square?
8. Why can the concepts of “God”, “the divine”, “the creator” be accepted by a reprobate culture and the person of “Jesus Christ” is intolerable?
9. Rushdoony says, “... No agreement is possible between truth and a lie and between heaven and hell,” and references 2 Cor. 6:17. How must we apply this in our lives on a daily basis?
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