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Rousas John (R.J.) Rushdoony (1916-2001) was a Calvinist and considered to be the grandaddy of Christian Reconstructionism in the United States. He was a major proponent of homeschooling. His parents had fled the Armenian genocide in 1915 and moved to America.
 Theology and other writings
Rushdoony is known for his works and commentary in Calvinist theology, some of his more famous works being By What Standard? and The One and The Many: Studies in the Philosophy of Order and Ultimacy. His 1973 book The Institutes of Biblical Law, is a blueprint for a Dominionist society and considered to be his most influential work.
Rushdoony also wrote a number of books on education and history. He promoted homeschooling in his writings as a corrective for the secular public schooling system. He was also a fan of The United States as a Christian nation myth (this time with a Calvinist flavor).
 Raging bigotry
Rushdoony hated anyone who wasn't a white Christian. Racism, in addition to the Lost Cause of the South and other Neo-Confederate mythology, can be found throughout his writings. He was a Holocaust denier who accused the Jews of "bearing false witness." He also supported the death penalty for various "abominations" like being gay. This from a man whose parents fled genocide caused by bigotry.
 See also
- Gary North, his crazy son-in-law
- Howard Ahmanson, important source of funding for the Discovery Institute