According to Scripture, man was created in the image of God, good, and with an originally righteous moral consciousness. This original perfection of man was not metaphysical but ethical, not infinite but finite…Because man has rebelled against God, he has blinded his intellect and his will by sin. Having established his own will as determinative of right and wrong as a consequence of succumbing to the temptation to be God, man can no longer do God’s will. Instead, he seeks to establish his own will and his own concept of good in terms of his own will and autonomous consciousness, his claim to be God” (R. J. Rushdoony, By What Standard, 84)

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