Newsletters

There’s such a treasure trove of books written by Reconstructionist writers and teachers past and present, that it’s easy to forget about all the excellent newsletters that were written and published — mostly for FREE — during those formative years of the Christian Reconstruction movement: the late 70s, 80s and 90s.

Hardly anybody subscribes to (or reads) paper-and-ink newsletters anymore–except maybe for a few investment and medical newsletters.  Most are now delivered electronically in digital format, at a fraction of the cost.

But, buried deep within the bowels of Gary North’s website, accessible through his Free Books page, there lies a hidden vein of monthly newsletters of old that were produced by Dr. North, Dr. Bahnsen, Rev. Rushdoony, Rev. Sutton and others during that period, dealing with the various disciplines and subjects of Biblical Ethics, Biblical Chronology, Economics, Education, Politics, Covenantal Theology, Dispensationalism, Christian Reconstruction, etc..

The subject matter of these is so timely and easily applicable to our 21st century civilization and society — God’s Word and God’s truths are timeless — that the fact that they were written more than a couple of decades ago is almost irrelevant.

The only problem is, they’re just a little bit, shall we say, inaccessible and hard to read, given the format and online location where they are “warehoused” and archived for user retrieval.  So, here is what I am considering.

I’m going to start reprinting and posting these newsletter articles right here on this site for easy access and even easier readability!  I won’t make any changes other than to “clean up” the glitches created by the primitive scanning technology (the only kind they had back then!) that was used to initially capture the newsletters and convert them into digital form.

I will select the earliest ones first so that you can get a feel for the “evolution” and development of thought as it progressed over the years.  “Vol. 1, no. 1,” etc.

There’s still a lot of historical as well as educational value and “mileage” left in these brief but powerful little periodicals.  Since they were written to convey a lot of practical theology and useful information in a short amount of time and in a limited amount of space, this was “instant mass communication” in its early stages.  Designed to quickly “mobilize the troops” and disseminate the most relevant and profitable info as efficiently as possible.  Spiritual edification and instruction delivered in bite-size chunks.

With the proliferation and user-friendliness of blogs (and social media), the rich content of these newsletters can now be delivered and shared with a lot more people a lot more easily and a whole lot faster!

So, I will be starting with the first one as early as tomorrow, Deo Volente.

Stay tuned.

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3 thoughts on “Newsletters

  1. I am a technical writer, I use Xubuntu operating system, and I use FrameMaker running in Oracle’s VirtualBox.
    I plan to import all of the free books into FrameMaker so their format is completely controlled and preserved. When I do, Gary can easily enter corrections and update the books, including tabgle of contents and index (if the page numbers roll) as necessary to correct scanning and OCR errors in the .pdf files of those books.
    Next I will get to those newsletters.
    Have you noticed the .pdf American Vision shipped with the 1599 Geneva Bible? Specifically “A Commentary on the Gospel and Epistles of the New Testament” by Daniel Whitby? The .pdf file opens to a scanned view of the actual book, all 1,252 pages of it, in 1844 8-point dense type filling every page to the maximum, but every word in the text is searchable! Now that is OCR! The same for “The Family Exposior” by Phillip Dodderige, 1834.
    This was a very commendable work, it freezes the book in time, but does not allow corrections. I can import the full text, however, which is the good news, but it all has to be formatted. FrameMaker is the best tool for this job when I can import the text and have an original to authenticate the copy.
    I need to know how Gary has typeset his books. I think he uses the Garamond font, but I have not been able to get the same justification as his printed books. Any thoughts on the fonts and leading DGN used? He speaks of typesetting, I just specify justified formatting but I do not get the same result. Did he manually justify each line? Is that what he means when he says typesetting? I came into publishing after the desktop publishing revolution, so I am not familiar with how DGN did things back when ICE was publishing.
    Any information is appreciated.

    1. David, I would post this as a detailed question in the discussion forum “PDF to Ebook” on garynorth.com. He would be the person who has the “specific answers” you’re looking for.

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