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John Robbins, RIP

August 15, 2008 by

Gary North writes a very interesting obituary for this interesting thinker.


Kim Ringsmose August 16, 2008 at 6:07 am

John Robbins was more than any other responsible for turning me from a knee-jerk socialist to a conscious capitalist, it was trough his recommendation that I first read Rothbard and first heard of Mises, and what a great blessing that turned out to be.

Greg Francis August 16, 2008 at 10:07 am

John Robbins expressed himself in convictions not opinions. He never wavered nor compromised on his core beliefs including the free market and historical Christianityfrom the axiom that “The Bible alone is the word of God”. It may be that his legacy will be taken up by wise men seeking after objective truth on both of these great issues. As a pupil of Dr Gordon H Clark he excelled, passing his mentor in both understanding and expression of timeless truths held dear by both. Contrary to Gary North’s assertion that John Robbins carried on Clark’s war against Van Til it was Van Til’s war against Clark and John Robbins continued the defense; admirably. Sadness at John Robbins passing is softened by knowing we had been given the gift of his presence and still have his legacy to enrich us for years to come.

Ian Migala August 17, 2008 at 3:21 am

Dr. Robbins was crucial to my thinking after I got saved. My apologetics are informed almost entirely by his. He really showed that the Christian faith is for thinkers, and not the silliness that the mainstream puts forth.

When I discovered the Mises institute, I was delighted to find that it shared an intersection with Dr. Robbins.

He left a great body of work behind, but I will miss the work he would have done.

I’ll miss you, Dr. Robbins, but I’m glad that you’re in glory now!

Tim Pattison August 17, 2008 at 6:15 am

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Robbins. My father shared with Dr. Robbins a great admiration for the Christian philosopher Gordon H. Clark. During college I started reading Clark and later some of Robbins’ own writings. I benefited quite a bit from both their publications. Many of Dr. Robbins lectures are available online at trinityfoundation.org. His lectures on economics are particularly worthwhile.

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” –Psalm 116:15

Bruce Koerber August 17, 2008 at 1:15 pm

To his credit John Robbins made it clear that the atheism of Ayn Rand necessarily made her an objectivist rather than a subjectivist.

Sure she was against interventionism. She was an anarchist. That is not the same as being against interventionism to honor the subjective nature of humans. The difference is like cold steel versus kindness or other human virtues.

Richard August 17, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Per usual, very few, and none here, realize that Clark’s and Robbins’ contributions, so-called, were no more than philosophical Idealism wagging a theological dog. Lord willing, the influence of Clark will not take so long to pass off the scene as it took for him to gain the very small foothold he did through Robbins’ efforts.

Andrew Trechak August 18, 2008 at 10:53 am

John Robbins was a trailblazer and maverick. Among other things he revealed the sinister and debilitating nexus between much of modern conservatism with romanism, championed the sadly neglected writings of Gordon Clark (“America’s Augustine”) and diagnosed christendom’s anemic and almost pathetic condition. His short book “Christ and Civilization” should be read by every christian student. And to think there will be no more of his great prefaces to books published by the Trinity Foundation! Those alone were often worth pondering again and again apart from the book itself. I pray for those who will now have to take up the baton. May they realize the responsibility that is now in their hands.

Peter Herz September 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm

It was a privilege to be numbered among Dr. Robbins’ personal friends while we lived in the same county. John was a gracious and affable host whose interest in a wide range of matters ensured interesting conversation at his home. Some will think that his championship of Clark’s writings narrow, but there was nothing shallow about John’s committments and beliefs. May God in His mercy give grace and comfort to his survivors.

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