R.J. Rushdoony’s critical contribution to creationism

One of the reviewers [of The Genesis Flood manuscript] had been Rev. Rousas J. Rushdoony, an Orthodox Presbyterian Church pastor in California. He was quite enthusiastic about the book and wanted us to get it published in its entirety as soon as possible. He was a friend of Charles Craig, owner of a small, non-profit publishing concern called the Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., in Philadelphia. Rushdoony’s connection at P&R paid off for [Henry] Morris and [John] Whitcomb and The Genesis Flood was released in 1961. Rushdoony was able to see through the Dispensationalism of the authors and see the value of the book that they had written…

Rushdoony and Craig both understood that much of the battle for biblical authority is won or lost in the first several chapters of the Bible. Morris’s scientific expertise made the Flood much more than a simple theological concept. It had far-reaching implications and the shock waves are still being felt today. While Dispensational publisher Moody was dragging its feet and playing politics, P&R was willing to take the risk and cast their eschatological differences to the wind.

My two cents

Cover of
Cover of Genesis Flood

This is an important part of Christian theological history from the 20th century. When most people think of R.J. Rushdoony, they think of Biblical law, but it is equally important to see his crucial role in biblical creationism as well.

I find a lot of books on Presbyterian & Reformed’s website interesting. I was glad to hear that The Genesis Flood has been reprinted as a 50th anniversary edition, and I enjoyed the video made in celebration of its release. Imagine how great it would be to marry girls who like things like this as well!

I also have a DVD of Dr. John Whitcomb, in which I liked his delivery and exposition on the book of Genesis. If it ever happened, I wish I could have been in the same room as Whitcomb, Morris and Rushdoony—three giants against humanism.


The American Vision. (2006). The Recovery of Biblical Creationism. Available: http://americanvision.org/1037/recovery-of-biblical-creationism/. Last accessed 16th May 2013.


R.J. Rushdoony on the presuppositions of philosophy

…the potentiality of a philosophy cannot exceed its presupposition. What a philosophy assumes to begin with, ultimately determines all that it can be or can know.

My two cents

Philosophy Conference, Apr 2010.
Philosophy Conference, Apr 2010. (Photo credit: Rupert Read)

Yes, I think I’ll go with this until a humble person convinces me otherwise. If it ever came to real-life debates on origins or epistemology, I think I’ll need to memorise this and be ready to quote it, especially to non-believers. (I wonder if they’ll have a blank look on their faces.)

And thanks to Chalcedon for making their books online available for free! I wish you all the best with that.

Quote source

Rushdoony, R.J. (1958). By What Standard: An Analysis of the Philosophy of Cornelius Van Til. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company. p. 2.