The Chalcedon Podcast

The Chalcedon Podcast

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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November 24, 2021 61 min

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?

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“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 Fait...

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September 22, 2021 59 min

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—espe...

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August 25, 2021 61 min

“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 olig...

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“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...

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June 25, 2021 69 min

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...

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May 19, 2021 67 min

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...

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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?

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March 19, 2021 66 min

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.”

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March 2, 2021 65 min

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-...

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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 th...

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January 6, 2021 66 min

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 econo...

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December 8, 2020 55 min

In his book “Revolt Against Maturity,” Rushdoony reveals the paradise motive in humanistic man in which he always reverts back to the power of the state to usher in his utopia. Despite continued failures, fallen man never loses hope of creating a paradise divorced from God and His law.

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November 10, 2020 60 min

This episode was recorded just after the 2020 U.S. election with a final winner still undecided, yet the climate is still as divisive as ever, and even Christians are caught up in the strife.

The Bible has much to say about this because the Bible speaks to communion and community, and Rushdoony addressed the topic frequently.

In this episode, Chalcedon’s leadership speaks to the crisis of our times as a nation and people divided ...

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October 15, 2020 77 min

It’s often said that those attracted to Christian Reconstruction are serious readers, and for that reason, much of the growth of CR is the result of publishing books, newsletters, and journals.

In this episode, Chalcedon’s leadership discuss the joy and importance of reading as well as the unique reading and study habits of R. J. Rushdoony.

They also share a glimpse of the future of Christian publishing.

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In 1965, during a time of rioting, revolution, and a break down of law and order, Rushdoony began the Chalcedon Foundation in order to represent a countermeasure to the prevailing ideas of that time as well as equip disillusioned Christians with a victorious gospel.

His writings during this time were especially prescient, and what we are experiencing now is a close reflection of what was happening during the 1960s.


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July 21, 2020 69 min

Does the Bible address the issue of abuse? Whether domestic, social, or ecclesiastical, there is physical, emotional, and even spiritual abuse at every level of society.

In this episode, Chalcedon scholar, Martin Selbrede, reveals the Biblical approach to dealing with abuse.

For several years, Martin has researched the subject extensively and is currently finalizing a massive study on abuse for Chalcedon’s new academic journal.

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People are crying out for justice, but they’re willing to be unjust in order to secure their justice. Mankind has a distorted view of justice, or righteousness, because they do not submit themselves to the righteousness of God as found in His law-word.

What do the Scriptures provide us in order that we may better understand and act during these difficult times? That’s what this episode of the Chalcedon Podcast is about.

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May 13, 2020 61 min

More citizens are experiencing a pronounced overreach by their local governments which is giving them a taste of authoritarianism they’re not familiar with. What they don’t realize is that this was always the case. Their liberties were always under threat by the bloated bureaucracy of statism.

But for Christians, they must take civil authoritarianism seriously and begin the work of Christian Reconstruction.

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May 7, 2020 63 min

A global pandemic is isolating people, tanking the economy, and expanding the powers of the state. Is this God’s judgment? Is this an enforced sabbath? How should Christians view this crisis, and what should we be doing to prepare for the future?

Hosted by Mark Rushdoony, Martin Selbrede, and Andrea Schwartz.

The audio version of this podcast is also available on iTunes, Spotify, and Stitcher. Just visit our website for more info...

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