Read pp. 448-452 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, Dominion, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. Is wealth or poverty in and of themselves marks of a godly or ungodly man?
2. How does the state increase its realm of dominion over the populace by stirring up racial unrest?
3. Why must the commandment Thou Shalt Not Steal precede the commandant to not covet?
4. Discuss how women should be prepared for dominion, keeping in mind their God-ordained role as helpmates.
5. Is it sinful to allow a sphere of life to assume dominion in an area that God has not ordained for it? Is it equally sinful to not grasp for dominion where God has directed? Explain your answer.
6. Why won’t unregenerate man “ever really get it” in his quest for harmony and peaceful societies? Is the hope itself sinful? Explain.
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