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The Chalcedon Podcast featuring Mark Rushdoony, Martin Selbrede, and Andrea Schwartz. Watch it now!Years ago—before podcasting was—Chalcedon published a regular discussion-based audio series entitled “The Easy Chair.” We’re excited to bring back a new version of that format in the digital age.

The Chalcedon Podcast featuring Mark Rushdoony, Martin Selbrede, and Andrea Schwartz. Watch it now!Years ago—before podcasting was—Chalcedon published a regular discussion-based audio series entitled “The Easy Chair.” We’re excited to bring back a new version of that format in the digital age.

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The Chalcedon Podcast featuring Mark Rushdoony, Martin Selbrede, and Andrea Schwartz. Watch it now!Years ago—before podcasting was—Chalcedon published a regular discussion-based audio series entitled “The Easy Chair.” We’re excited to bring back a new version of that format in the digital age.

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English


Episodes

Humanism & The Decline

11/7/2022
For well over 500 years now, Western civilization has been in a state of civil war, with two aspects thereof in a growing conflict with one another. These two contending forces are humanism and Christianity. Humanism began its rise to power in the medieval era, and its strength was such that it captured the church, much of the academic world, and the state as well. At the same time, however, the growing bankruptcy and imminent collapse of humanism has been increasingly in evidence. By...

Duration:01:03:44

The Book of Deuteronomy

10/3/2022
Deuteronomy is the “go to” book for theocracy because it’s the most clear about the importance of the law and its application in the promised land where Israel would no longer be guided by the pillars of cloud and fire nor miraculously provided for by manna and water out of a rock. Wilderness season is ending, so the emphasis of the law will shift to governing a people within their own country instead of as a nomadic people in the wilderness. This is extremely helpful for the church today.

Duration:01:06:47

The Book of Numbers

8/25/2022
The temptation to skip over books like Numbers is a great one. After all, isn’t it just the numbering of Israel? Is there anything of significance found in its pages? R. J. Rushdoony penned an enlightening commentary on Numbers, and Chalcedon’s leadership sits down to discuss the importance of Rushdoony’s insights. This is the subject of Episode 26 of the Chalcedon Podcast

Duration:01:00:24

The Book of Leviticus

7/27/2022
The Book of Leviticus reveals more than a way to holiness. It shows us the path to dominion—even to a realized new Garden of Eden. The laws of God are essential to modern Christian community. This is the subject of Episode 25 of the Chalcedon Podcast.

Duration:01:07:25

The Book of Exodus

6/24/2022
The Book of Exodus is more than a telling of Israel’s early history. It’s a motif that appears throughout the Bible and culminates in the great exodus of Christ Himself. This is the subject of Episode 24 of the Chalcedon Podcast.

Duration:01:02:19

The Book of Genesis

5/26/2022
R. J. Rushdoony was a true creationist which is why the book of Genesis was central to all that he taught. He would go on to write a commentary on the book of Genesis while bringing out a unique approach to the first book of the Bible. This is the subject of Episode 23 of the Chalcedon Podcast

Duration:00:57:06

False Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

4/11/2022
Episode #22 - Certain religious and theological ideas are inescapable even when it involves humanism in all its forms—especially statism. Today, there is a “doctrine of the Holy Spirit,” but it is a false doctrine, and understanding it begins with understanding the Biblical doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

Duration:00:58:06

Is God Indifferent?

3/2/2022
Are there things to which God is indifferent? Are there areas of life that are neutral, and we as man can create our own moral standards? Anyone familiar with Rushdoony’s work is familiar with the phrase “the myth of neutrality,” but are we familiar with an ancient problem in the church known as adiaphorism? The meaning of the term is “things indifferent,” or areas of life that God does not legislate and therefore man has the freedom to legislate. The end result is anything but freedom....

Duration:00:46:11

Christian Liberty

11/24/2021
We are living in a time of great overreach by the civil government while protests are erupting all over the world in resistance, but what freedom are people looking for? Is it Christian liberty? What is Christian liberty? Can you have liberty without law?

Duration:00:53:31

The Great Fear and the Great Faith

11/4/2021
“Men’s hearts failing them for fear.” (Luke 21:26) The corrosive forces of humanism are creating great fear throughout the world as the bottom falls out for man’s morality and social order. Humanity struggles to contend with an unending supply of crises because their worldview is bankrupt. Rushdoony wrote, “The only thing that can counteract and overcome the deadly personal and social effects of the Great Fear is the Great Faith,” and that means a faith that overcomes the world! This is...

Duration:00:49:06

Fascism, Socialism and Theocracy

9/22/2021
The bad words of political systems are fascism, socialism, and theocracy, but does the average truly understand the definitions of each term? Take fascism, for example. Groups like Antifa—defined as anti-fascist—act more fascist than those they accuse, so what exactly is fascism? The same goes for socialism and theocracy. They are terms we throw around to demonize our political opponents without truly understand their meaning—especially in a Biblical sense. In this episode of the Chalcedon...

Duration:00:59:15

Law, Liberty & Power

8/25/2021
“Both liberties and powers are alike limited, under God, and hence under law. Liberty is limited and power is limited because the temporal order is under God.” (The One & The Many, p. 20) For fallen man, the political battle is always one of power vs liberty. Some men seek for liberty while the remaining seek for power. For example, anarchists and libertarians desire liberty while socialists, technocrats, politicians, and oligarchs seek for power. To seek power is to emphasize the “one,”...

Duration:01:01:41

The Philosophical Roots of Christian Reconstruction

7/22/2021
“Christian Reconstruction” is a school of thought that is diametrically opposed to the autonomous reason of man which itself has long infected Christianity. Today’s Christian assumes that fallen man is an impartial judge over knowledge and reality—that he is “neutral”—and that fallen man can be “reasoned” into faith. R. J. Rushdoony continued the battle against modern man’s pretended neutrality by building off the thinking of his mentor, Dr. Cornelius Van Til, who himself was developing...

Duration:01:03:58

How the Prophets Speak to Us Today

6/25/2021
In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul writes, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The dynamic of New Covenant living is the radical pursuit of proving the will of God for every area of life, but does that mean the Old Testament prophets are obsolete? Quite the contrary, the whole of God’s Word is for us including the law and the prophets, one of the joys of...

Duration:01:09:29

Restoring Spiritual Capital

5/19/2021
Rushdoony often noted that the way to build Christian civilization—or save it—is to restore the spiritual capital of faith and character. This is a central part of the work of Christian Reconstruction because it’s established upon God’s Kingdom, His law, and the covenant He established through Jesus Christ. As we labor to restore that spiritual capital, it’s important that we secure ourselves during uncertain times, and to do that means putting the Kingdom of God first before all things....

Duration:01:07:34

What’s Next for Christian Reconstruction?

4/23/2021
Rushdoony often noted that Christian Reconstruction was not a movement but rather the definition of Christian action. For the past few decades, we saw it explicitly applied to education by way of homeschooling and Christian schools. What’s next for Christian Reconstruction, and how should approach answering that question?

Duration:01:09:06

The Church as an Embassy

3/19/2021
Rushdoony wrote a chapter on “Extraterritoriality” in his volume Christianity and the State, in which he emphasized the importance of understanding the church as an embassy—and we as ambassadors of Christ—in the earth. The modern church needs to better understand this concept so as to truly challenge the culture as a “nation within a nation.”

Duration:01:06:20

Rushdoony and Van Ti‪l

3/2/2021
Outside of the Bible itself, no other literature or writer is referred to more in Rushdoony’s writings than his mentor, Dr. Cornelius Van Til. It’s difficult to estimate the importance of Van Til on Rushdoony, but as their personal history shows, Rushdoony was more than a student of Van Til. He was a defender of the Dutchman, a colleague, and one of the most prolific expounders of applied presuppositionalism. You’ll enjoy this in-depth discussion as Chalcedon’s leadership shares not only...

Duration:01:05:02

The Work of the Holy Spirit in Christian Reconstruction

1/18/2021
Godly dominion and Christian Reconstruction are not a “work of the flesh,” where men presume to be able to usher in the Kingdom of God through their own works, political action, or any other humanistic means. It is the Holy Spirit who is at work in our own lives, homes, churches, and more in order to enable us to apply our faith and obey God’s commandments. In this episode of the Chalcedon Podcast, we discuss the importance of the work of the Holy Spirit in advancing the Kingdom of God.

Duration:01:10:58

What Do We Do In America Now?

1/6/2021
Listen as Jeff Durbin of Apologia Radio interviews Chalcedon President Mark Rushdoony on the topic: "What Do We Do In America Now?" Interview begins at timestamp 10:23. Mark R. Rushdoony Mark R. Rushdoony graduated from Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College) with a B.A. in history in 1975 and was ordained to the ministry in 1995. He taught junior and senior high classes in history, Bible, civics and economics at a Christian school in Virginia for three years before joining...

Duration:01:06:17