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Rushdoony dead

Vallecito, California Rousas John Rushdoony, the "father of Christian Reconstructionism," and the founder of Christian home-schooling movement, died of prostate cancer on February 8 at the age of 84.

Rushdoony also founded the Chalcedon Institute and penned, in longhand, many books, including the influential The Institutes of Biblical Law.

Rushdoony taught that every aspect of society should be based upon Biblical law, which includes death by stoning for practicing homosexuals. His work greatly influenced the political agenda of the Religious Right. However, in recent years, a number of conservative Christian leaders disassociated themselves from him and his controversial teachings. Although he was a longtime member of the Council for National Policy (CNP), he once told the Freedom Writer that someone renews his annual CNP membership for him, but that he didn't attend its meetings.

A colleague of Rushdoony's, the Rev. Andrew Sandlin, had taken over the Chalcedon Institute shortly before Rushdoony's death. Rush-doony's son-in-law, Gary North, also a Reconstructionist, is a well-known political activist.

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