The following are a list of quotes from chapter 4 “Purposes of the Law” in The Politics of Guilt and Pity by R.J. Rushdoony, along with one quote from Scripture at the end.


“In the Mosaic ordinance, nature is incapable of convicting; a supernatural act alone could bring judgment.” p.101

“For biblical faith, nature is not the source of the law, but God alone, who is the law-giver but himself free from the law, not because He is outside the law but because He is above it. In other words, the law does not govern God but is governed by HIm.” p.102

“Protestant Christianity, by seeking legislation against personal vices as the means to social order on the one hand, and by its social gospel on the other, seeks to make men good by means of the state rather than by Christ. Marxism, a modern form of Phariseeism, affirms the same faith in the ability of the law to recreate man, and the purpose of the state is to use legislation to reshape man and society.” p.103

“The purpose of moralists of every variety is to use both government and law as instruments in making man and his society good.” p.104

“There can be no denying the fact that this indeed has been the presupposition of all political thinking oriented to the Darwinian and evolutional theory.” p.105

“R.B. Kuiper has used the illustration of a fish given freedom from water as destined quickly to die, being out of its law area or sphere for which it was created.” p.111

“But the purposes of God’s law remain, and a society in rebellion against those purposes is like a fish out of water, violently active but quickly destined to die.” p.114

“In brief, the purpose of any law is not to make men good; this law can never do, either for man or for society, for goodness is inner rather than outward restraint, else prisons would best produce morality. Law declares the standard, and the penalty for offense, protects society, undercuts man’s moralism, and is a guide to the godly. Character and righteousness must come from a source other than the law.” p.114


“as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”” (Romans 3:10–18 ESV)