Liability of the Bystander
Read pp. 463-467 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, Liability of the Bystander, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. Why do so many people in our culture “not want to get involved” when they witness a crime? What has contributed to this? Why don’t people value the “witness protection programs” offered by the government?
2. How has the breakdown of the family, legalization of abortion, and the like worked to make this law inoperative in our society?
3. Tie this section into man’s chief end being to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
4. Couldn’t one’s application of this law end up giving one the label of “busy body?”
5. Is it possible to apply this law today without putting oneself or one’s family at risk?
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