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The Chalcedon Foundation is a Christian Reconstructionist organization founded by Rousas John Rushdoony. Named for the Council of Chalcedon[1], it has also included well-known theologians such as Gary North, who later founded his own organization, the Institute for Christian Economics.

The Chalcedon Foundation was officially founded by R. J. Rushdoony in the summer of 1965. In 1971, Gary North was hired part time, and two years later North was hired full-time while Greg Bahnsen was also hired. Rushdoony founded Ross House Books in 1976, the same year in which North and Bahnsen left the Foundation to pursue careers elsewhere. In 1977, the Foundation's first office building is built. A decade later, the organization's Newsletter became a magazine, the Chalcedon Report. On February 8, 2001, founder R. J. Rushdoony died. He was succeeded by his son Mark Rushdoony, who continues to run the organization. In 2004, Ross House Books merged with Chalcedon, and in 2005, the Chalcedon Report was renamed Faith for All of Life.

The Chalcedon Foundation has been listed as a hate group with the Southern Poverty Law Center[2] in the "Anti-gay" category. However, Chalcedon's inclusion in that hate group list conflicts with the explicit criterion for inclusion given by the Southern Poverty Law Center: "Anti-gay groups are organizations that go beyond mere disagreement with homosexuality by subjecting gays and lesbians to campaigns of personal vilification."[3] Chalcedon does not subject gays and lesbians to campaigns of personal vilification, as clearly exemplified in Chalcedon's interaction with gay authors at the opposite end of the ideological spectrum from itself.[4]

In presenting a theonomic view of biblical law, the foundation is often referred to as promoting theocracy and dominionism, although its version of these distinctives is explicitly anti-statist and radically libertarian in orientation and thus devoid of the tyrannical aspect normally associated with these terms in the popular mind. According to the group's web site:

We believe that the whole Word of God must be applied to all of life. It is not only our duty as individuals, families and churches to be Christian, but it is also the duty of the state, the school, the arts and sciences, law, economics, and every other sphere to be under Christ the King. Nothing is exempt from His dominion. We must live by His Word, not our own.

The Chalcedon Foundation asserts that the path to this state of social affairs is "regeneration, not revolution," the wholly voluntary adoption of biblical ethics by a nation's people. The foundation therefore disavows seizing control of an existing civil government swollen far beyond its legitimate biblical charter. Rather, it promotes Christian self-government in terms of God's Law as the means to shrink an over-reaching messianic state.

References

  1. ^ "Chalcedon Vision Statement"
  2. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center Hate Groups Map
  3. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center's definition of anti-gay hate groups
  4. ^ Chalcedon review of Dr. Rev. Mel White's Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right

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