Review of Rushdoony’s Institutes of Biblical Law

Not all readers will agree with Rushdoony’s New Testament advocacy of the Old Testament dietary laws, the dowry, and the Levirate, etc. Nor will there be general agreement with his statements that Rahab’s lying in order to save lives was devoid of sin; that covenantal infants should be admitted to the Lord’s Supper; that the Church of Armenia was correct in sacrificing animals after the pattern of the Old Testament laws; and that the eldership is all- embracing and not just limited to ecclesiastical affairs.

But it cannot be gainsaid that his attempts to develop a future-oriented program for victorious Christian living in every area of life here and now on this present earth from the Mosaic laws rather than from “natural law” or from “general revelation,” does have the great merit of being objectively verifiable in terms of (Mosaic) Scripture.