Monday, July 14, 2008

Rushdoony on Kenneth Stammp

My wife recently purchased Rushdoony's 'The Biblical Philosophy of History' for my birthday. It is one of Rush's shorter works but brimming with insight.

For example, check it this quote by historian Kenneth Stammp from his book 'The Peculiar Institution':

"Today we are learning much from the natural and social sciences about the Negro’s potentialities and about the basic irrelevance of race, and we are slowly discovering the roots and meaning of human behavior. All this is of immense value to the historian when, or example, he tries to grasp the significance of the Old South’s ‘peculiar institution.’ I have assumed that the slaves were merely human beings, that innately Negroes are, after all, only white men with black skins, nothing more, nothing less. This give quite a new and different meaning to the bondage of black men; it give their story a relevance to men of all races which it never seemed to have before."

Rushdoony unmasks the universalist abstractions propagated by Stammp that wind up undermining, in fact denying history:

"If Negroes are only 'white men with black skins, nothing more, nothing less,' then, conversely, white men are only Negroes with white skins, nothing more, nothing less. this means that all cultural differences, hereditary predispositions, and historical traditions are irrelevant and meaningless. It means, in other words, that history is meaningless. And how can one be an historian if it is his purpose to deny history?

The white man has behind him centuries of Christian culture, and the discipline and selective breeding this faith requires. Although the white man may reject this faith and subject himself instead to the requirements of humanism, he is still a product of this Christian past. The Negro is a product of a radically different past, and his heredity is governed by radically different consideration...If you and I have our histories abstracted from us, and our heredities as well, along with all our cultural conditioning and responses, we are no longer men, no longer human beings, but an abstract and theoretical concept of man. No real history of us can then be written. Stampp’s Negroes are thus neither black men nor white men: they are an abstraction, but an abstraction to illustrate the devil in Stampp’s humanistic morality play.”


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see another example of what kind of evil Calvinism leads to. Not only are Calvinists callously in favor of killing "Heretics" or everyone who disagrees with their view of God, especially their putrid doctrine that God is the author of sin and makes men sin and that men have no free will, but Calvinism also leads to racism and slavery. And its no wonder. If you believe in a false god who takes away men's free will and forced them to sin in order to give himself an excuse to broil innocent infants in hell for another man's sin, why wouldn't you murder everyone with a different opinion from you or put them in your cotton field and beat them with a whip? Why wouldn't devil worshipers act like the devil? And make no mistake, Calvinists are Satanists. Whereas Paul says there is no concord between Christ and Belial, they say that Christ controls Belial's every action and that it is the "good pleasure of his will" to make Belial do evil. Go burn yourselves at the stakes for your own heresy, Calvinists.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Satanist? At least I’m not a Unitarian.

I was tempted to delete this but decided to let it go as a species of wild ignorance regarding the history and practice of Calvinism

Were Calvinists not persecuted and murdered by Catholics in England, France and elsewhere? Calvinism in fact brings freedom in all spheres of life, including the political, and thus has never, anywhere been accepted by elites. Well, OK there might be an exception or two.

Calvinists certainly do not believe that God is the author of sin, nor do we believe man is without free will. Our nature inclines us toward sin, death, and hell and it is God, and God alone, who saves us through the regenerating work of His Spirit and Word. Man is free to sin and will do so because he is a sinner. He is a creature and his freedom is derivative as such.

Is God sovereign even over the work of Satan? If he is not then what security can we have in our faith? It is the dualism you are expressing that is problematic, though I won’t urge you to burn yourself at the stake.

Clearly God allowed Satan to test Job in ways that are unimaginable to me. And in I Corinthians 5 we see Paul telling the church to cast out a sinful man and allow Satan to do his worst. It is only later that the man is welcomed back into the church. Thus God used Satan to save that sinner from eternal damnation. In short, he used even Satan to work His will.

6:55 PM  

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