Theonomy is calvinism's judicial theology applied the reader should keep in mind that theonomy is a methodology, a way of understanding god's law theonomy is not simply a body of texts woodenly applied to a modem context theonomy is the application of reformed theology to the sphere of ethics. 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. Theonomy: a reformed baptist assessment pretoria, south africa: lynnwood baptist church, 1991 this is a 91 page duplicated discussion and refutation of theonomy, used in a conference on the subject at the lynnwood church, pastored by wilhelm odendaal, who is a close personal friend of the present writer, (jhd.
The attraction to theonomy john muether answers these questions in an essay that focuses on sociological factors it is found in theonomy: a reformed critique. Penultimate thoughts on theonomy by john m frame after some twenty years of studying, discussing and debating theonomy, i would like to summarize the points i think are most important. It is perhaps an easy mistake, but nevertheless a very bad one, to confuse theocracy and theonomy 1 it is also a mistake, on the other hand, to equate theocracy with ecclesiocracy or clerical rule the magisterial reformers were theocrats, believing as they did in the kingship of christ over all.
Re-post from the old hb archives january 2007 i'm reposting this in response to the discussion occurring in response to this notice the question comes concerning the relations between theonomy and the federal vision. In new zealand the debate over theonomy has seen both of the above when the issue first arose, there was polarization and misunderstanding but as the denomination settled down to make a thorough study of the matter the air cleared and there was a greater measure of clarity and unity. In the early days of the journal of christian reconstruction i contributed a few essays and book reviews to that publication but when it became clear to me where the movement was going ( eg, bahnsen published his first book on theonomy in 1977 james jordan began publishing his irrational blathering, etc). Reconstructionism rests on presuppositional apologetics, theonomy (lit the rule of god), and postmillennialism other names for it are the theonomy movement and the chalcedon school it has gained many followers, many among charismatic evangelicals. A critique of theonomy and reconstructionism (part two) to recap the theme of the last article, the ideas in theonomy and reconstructionism fail to account for the discontinuity between the old and new covenant, and therefore fail to define an appropriate vision for christian political involvement today.
This is essay #3 in my personal changes series, and this will be rather more strident and direct than its predecessors some may accuse me of libelling or slandering one or more of the groups or individuals i discuss below, and, truth be told, i care little. A postmodernist takes on theonomy by jay rogers posted september 07, 2010 there has been a lot of discussion flying around on the blogosphere recently on whether glenn beck and his black robed regiment want to establish a theocracy in america. Sinclair ferguson's essay, an assembly of theonomists in godfrey ed theonomy: a reformed critique not only does theonomy not account properly for the movement of redemptive history it is not the view of the reformed tradition or confessions.
Theonomy, even in its home denominations of opc or pca is little more than a fringe movement, although one that attracts the best and brightest (and apparently the loudest), something directly against the article, which sees a theomonist behind every fundamentalist tree. Dr dennis e johnson is professor of practical theology at westminster seminary california dr johnson has taught at westminster seminary california since 1982 he previously pastored orthodox presbyterian churches in fair lawn, new jersey, and east los. Theonomy defended a response to j esmond birnie, testing the foundations of theonomy and reconstruction glenn peoples february 2001 j esmond birnie, while his work testing the foundation of theonomy and reconstruction,1 is. Wel-fin 9/30/2002 11:01 am 611] biblical law in america 613 almost every narrative story in the bible are legal assumptions and cultural expectations, examples include the marriages of abraham.
Part 2: a refutation of the arguments in favor of theonomy in my last post i offered positive biblical reasons for doubting theonomy, so i thought it would be only fair to look at the biblical reasons that theonomist use to support their position and then to refute the theonomic view of those biblical texts. Of course, since there was no federal vision when dr roche wrote this essay (he wrote it two years before the 2002 aapc), he categorized his analysis under theonomy nevertheless, it's interesting to see how the theonomists have recast their message since then and how events have unfolded. After reading these essays i got the impression that the real bad guy is not theonomy, but conservative political ethics after this publication the presbyterian church hasn't had much of a voice in social ethics.