Considering that we’re not that into Black History Month, on behalf of all of us here at Faith and Heritage I’d like to draw our readers’ attention to a commemoration taking place this February that would actually be worthwhile. February 8 marks fifteen years since the passing of one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century, Rousas John Rushdoony (1916-2001). Following the age-old Occidental Christian tradition of honoring our predecessors in the faith on the day of their death, a large portion of the online Kinist community at the start of 2016 discussed and decided, as a community, to start celebrating February 8 annually as Rushdoony Commemoration Day, honoring the work God has done through this great man. As Kinists we have a particular appreciation for Rushdoony as a proto-Kinist, and it can be said that perhaps no one in the history of the world has done more in terms of systematically developing the Christian philosophy of law as based in Scripture (Theonomy). If any theologian of the modern era deserves a commemoration day in his honor, it is this great man.
As far as I know, no formal activities are planned for this day, and the idea is to celebrate it in our families. Activities could simply include reading a short passage from one of Rushdoony’s works or listening to one of his lectures available from Pocket College during daily family devotion.
In terms of cuisine for the day, the best I can do is quote someone within our kinist community who personally knew and fellowshiped with Rushdoony and recently noted:
One thing I do remember is that his ‘church’ occasionally went to a restaurant for brunch … The restaurant served all-you-could-drink champagne, which many people took full advantage of. Rush would always have just ONE glass. So sparkling wine or champagne on February 8 is something I’d add to my celebration. Maybe two glasses though.
On February 8, Faith and Heritage will also, God willing, publish a piece treating one of the aspects of Rushdoony’s thought most valuable for all epistemologically self-conscious Christians desirous of exercising dominion and reclaiming culture from the current godless zeitgeist.