Purpose: At the end of this course the student will have an understanding how beliefs concerning how the law functions ends up creating different social orders and peoples.
1.) Law and Revolution: The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition — Harold Berman
2.) Law and Revolution II: The Impact of the Protestant Reformations on the Western Legal Tradition — Harold Berman
Assignment — 30 page paper that demonstrates the student’s ability to recognize changes in Law codes and structures as identified with changes in worldviews. Give examples from the texts. Spend time delineating why
these shifts occur. Identify a shift in Law and Revolution subsequent to the Reformation. Tease out the implications of that change as Berman teases out the implications in the changes he notes.
1.) Millennialism and Social Theory — Gary North
2.) Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism — Gary North
3.) The Reformation of Rights: Law, Religion and Human Rights in Early Modern Calvinism — John Witte Jr.
4.) Roots Of Western Culture — Herman Dooyeweerd
5.) The Twilight of Western Thought — Herman Dooyeweerd
6.) Lectures on Unbelief and Revolution — Groen Van Prinsterer
7.) Calvin: His Roots and Fruits — C. Gregg Singer
8.) The Genevan Reformation and the American Founding — David W. Hall
9.) Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture — David Van Drunnen
30 page paper demonstrating your understanding of how Van Drunnen is offering a different model for the relation of God’s Law and Social Order. Compare and Contrast Van Drunnen’s work with the other works.
I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling.
I am postmillennial in my eschatology.
Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity
Reformed in my Soteriology
Presuppositional in my apologetics
Familialist in my family theology
Agrarian in my regional community social order belief
Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief
Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic
Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern
Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview
One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics
Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place
Some of my favorite authors,
Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc.
My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture.
Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.
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