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"Reform is no answer for a culture like ours. Redemption is what is needed, and that occurs at the individual, not societal level. The church needs to get back to the real task to which we are called: evangelizing the lost. Only when multitudes of individuals in our society turn to Christ will society itself experience any significant transformation."
- John MacArthur
Dr. Van Til taught us that "There is no alternative but that of theonomy and autonomy" (Christian-Theistic Ethics, p. 134). Every ethical decision assumes some final authority or standard, and that will either be self-law ("autonomy") or God's law ("theonomy"). While unbelievers consider themselves the ultimate authority in determining moral right or wrong, believers acknowledge that God alone has that position and prerogative. The position which has come to be labeled "theonomy" today thus holds that the word of the Lord is the sole, supreme, and unchallengeable standard for the actions and attitudes of all men in all areas of life. Our obligation to keep God's commands cannot be judged by any extrascriptural standard, such as whether its specific requirements (when properly interpreted) are congenial to past traditions or modern feelings and practices.
Greg Bahnsen from What Is "Theonomy"?
Theonomy can be defined simply as adherence to God's law, which would make all Christians, especially Reformed Christians, into theonomists. Here I define the term more narrowly as a school of thought within Reformed theology which prefers literal, specific, and detailed applications of Mosaic civil laws to modern civil government. The word "prefers" gives us some leeway. At points, the theonomists, like the rest of us, apply the law only in general and non-literal ways. But they tend more than the rest of us to prefer the specific and the literal.
John Frame from Penultimate Thoughts on Theonomy
|What Is Theonomy?||Greg Bahnsen|
|Penultimate Thoughts on Theonomy||John M. Frame|
|The Westminster Confession of Faith: A Theonomic Document?||J. Ligon Duncan|
|Moses' Law for Modern Government||J. Ligon Duncan - The Intellectual and Sociological Origins of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement|
|Comments on an Old-New Error||Meredith Kline - A Review of Theonomy in Christian Ethics by Gred Bahnsen|
|Theonomy, A Reformed Baptist Assessment||Sam Waldron|
|Why Wait for the Kingdom? The Theonomist Temptation||Richard John Neuhaus|
|God & Other Law-makers - Theology and Law||John W. Montgomery|
|Calvin's Covenantal Pronomianism||Ralph Allan Smith - Calvin's view of the covenant, and especially his view of the law of God, is the key to a Calvinistic philosophy of history as well as Calvinistic social philosophy. It is the key to a world-view Calvinism that does not stop at...|
|Was Geneva A Theocracy?||Michael S. Horton|
|Church and State (Audio Series)||R.C. Sproul|
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