the procedure of the court
Read pp. 622 -625 in Institutes of Biblical Law.
corresponding Rushdoony lectures
Listen to the R. J. Rushdoony lecture, The Procedure of the Court, that corresponds with this section.
Video summary lecture (Andrea Schwartz)
questions for thought & discussion
1. How have the enemies of God succeeded in making the American system of government and justice seem disconnected from Biblical principles? Explain and give examples.
2. Why must education never be divorced from the faith? What happens when it is? Cite examples in political and judicial matters.
3. Why is a speedy trial an imperative for justice to occur?
4. Under Biblical law, is plea bargaining an acceptable avenue for officers of the court?
5. Using the Bible, its laws and practices, as our standard for how justice should be administered, “How do we get there from here?” In other words, understanding that the transformation won’t take place overnight, what process brings us to that standard?
One of the surest ways to identify whether you understand a subject is to write a point of view paper (sometimes referred to as a position paper). This exercise helps to unearth areas of confusion, uncertainty, and/or disagreement, many times revealing that a number of unanswered questions remain. Once completed, you may submit your paper for comments.
After formulating your position(s) on the subjects covered in each lesson, a good next step is to engage in conversation (with your spouse, children, parents, friends, or co-workers) to better hone your skill in communicating the concepts you have learned and are assimilating into your own thinking. Do not be concerned about “messing up” or doing it the “wrong way” as you will do plenty of both! As with anything worth doing, practice will refine this skill, which is vital in order to fulfill the Great Commission. If you find you need some one-on-one interaction, you may submit a question or request an appointment.