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Product Details

  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Ross House Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879998297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879998292
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,423,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rousas John (R. J.) Rushdoony (1916-2001) was a well-known American scholar, writer, and author of over thirty books. He held B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California and received his theological training at the Pacific School of Religion. An ordained minister, he worked as a missionary among Paiute and Shoshone Indians as well as a pastor to two California churches. He founded the Chalcedon Foundation, an educational organization devoted to research, publishing, and cogent communication of a distinctively Christian scholarship to the world-at-large. His writing in the Chalcedon Report and his numerous books spawned a generation of believers active in reconstructing the world to the glory of Jesus Christ. Until his death, he resided in Vallecito, California, where he engaged in research, lecturing, and assisting others in developing programs to put the Christian Faith into action.

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M on May 29, 2009
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The above review by Kurt was wonderful.

Ludwig Wittgenstein once said, "The limits of my language mean the limits of my world." Rushdoony read a book a day for 50 years. He is my favorite author after reading his, "The word of flux" and now this one. He will show you the Matrix.

Schizophrenia simply means narrow mindedness and because of Solipsism we may be cursed with schizophrenia if we know it or not. All thought is in the Cogito and this cogito is one mind only = narrow mindedness.

Here is a paragraph which discusses this book. I highly recommended reading Rushdoony as the limits of your world may branch out infinitum.


"There is no law, no society, no justice, no structure, no design, no meaning apart from God."

As the title implies, Intellectual Schizophrenia: the author identifies the basic contradiction that pervades a secular society that rejects God's sovereignty but still needs law and order, justice, science, and meaning to life. Secular man wants to use the things of creation while denying their Creator. So modern man becomes schizophrenic. He wants to assert his autonomy while rejecting the divine order that gives meaning to life. It is therefore no accident that modern schools have become such dangerous places, intellectually, morally, physically, and psychologically. They embrace the intellectual schizophrenia of man in total rebellion against God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 25, 2014
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Rousas John Rushdoony (1916-2001) was a Christian pastor, theologian, and philosopher, and the founder of the Chalcedon Foundation. In 1961, he published this prophetic book. In it, Rev. Rushdoony argues that the modern humanist system is ultra-statist cosmopolitan in that it aspires to create man whose home is the one-world, and as such is by nature hostile to home, community and church. The state-run school then must subscribe to a “blank-slate” view of children, who require conditioning to break them of any backward looking, localist attachments. However, human beings never are blank slates, and as such the educational establishment creates a form of intellectual schizophrenia among its students.

And what is the end result of the modern, public, humanistic educational project? “A culture not convinced of its own value is incapable of its own defense. Its energy is replaced by apathy, and its convictions by the torments of self-analysis.” Does this not sound like the modern American war on terrorism?

Overall, I found this to be a fascinating book. When it was written it was forward looking to the point of being prophetic. Now, more than 40 years later, this book is a clear and cogent explanation of the development of the modern world, of how we got from World War II to the War on Terror. I found this book wonderfully enlightening, and I give it my highest recommendations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 3, 2014
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Over the years I have read many of Rushdoony's books, including his massive "Institutes of Biblical Law." Although not one of the longest of his writings, "Intellectual Schizophrenia" is one of the best. A well-reasoned, concise presentation, it predates his much longer "The Messianic Character of American Education" by a couple years, having been printed originally in 1961. Written more than a half century ago, both these books predate the homeschooling movement as well as many of the more recent trends in public-school education. (These were written before the Supreme Court prayer decision.) At the time, few thinkers saw the inherent problems in the American education system, a system that back then often paid lip service to the existence of a divine being but was thoroughly secular in its presuppositions. Unlike many Christian thinkers, Rushdoony was not fooled. What has gone on during the past half century in public-school education bears out the analysis that Rushdoony gave at the time.

Perhaps no statement in the book does better at getting to the heart of the matter than the one found on page 30. Here is what Rushdoony writes: "Here is the essence of the matter: truth is inescapable; what characterizes man is not so much a failure in learning as an ethical revolt against the implications of what he knows. He recognizes the eternal decree, sees it everywhere manifested, but holds down the implication of this truth in unrighteousness, and suppresses it because it destroys his autonomy. The result is an insuperable tension. Modern man, being a split personality, schizophrenic, ultimately reaches the crisis, the breakdown of all schizophrenic personalities, in his inability to maintain an existence in such sharp contradiction to itself.
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This is Rushdoony's foundational book for understanding education. Readers will find it much easier, and much more engaging than "The Messianic Character of American Education." Though that is a fine work, it is a slow and difficult read, though oftentimes brilliant.

"Intellectual Schizophrenia" deals with first matters, beginning with a brief history of public education in America. He writes that education became the "cure-all" for social problems during the Enlightenment, and remains so today. This messianic concept is irreconcilable to the Calvinistic view of education. Thus, at the outset, the believer and unbeliever are at odds over the teleology, or purpose, of education.

Modern education has become statist by necessity, since in the Enlightenment view, there is no ultimate authority. The state becomes that authority and thus the individual is subsumed under the state, and personal freedom is consequently subordinated to the state, or polity.

The Vantillian antithesis so fundamental to Rushdoony's philosophy is established early. He writes:

"Long before Bacon, man set himself a false ideal for knowledge. Man's original sin involved the postulate of an ultimate epistemological and metaphysical pluralism which gave equal ultimacy to the mind of man and of God, as well as to time and eternity. Hence, there was no eternal decree, and only time could be the test of anything, together with experimentation and exhaustive knowledge. In terms of this, true knowledge became either illusory or at very best--tentative." p. 19

This pagan understanding of knowledge has crept into the church and pervaded all levels of society. This rejection of God is a turning toward death. p.
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