Rousas John Rushdoony (1916-2001) founder, long-time President and Chairman of the Board of the Chalcedon Foundation, was born in New York City of Armenian immigrants to the United States and preserved a family legacy of Christian ministers going back to the fourth century. A graduate of the University of California (Berkeley) and the Pacific School of Religion, he was an ordained Presbyterian minister. He was a missionary to Shoshone and Paiute Indians on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in northeastern Nevada for eight years. Rushdoony is one of the most influential conservative thinkers of the 20th century, often considered the father of the modern Christian and home schooling movement. An omnivorous reader, he amassed a personal library of well over 40,000 volumes, often completing and indexing a book a day since the age of 14. His books include, Intellectual Schizophrenia (1961), The Messianic Character of American Education (1963), The Mythology of Science (1967), Foundations of Social Order: A Study in the Creeds and Councils of the Early Church (1968), The Biblical Philosophy of History (1969), Myth of Over-Population (1969), Politics of Guilt and Pity (1970), Thy Kingdom Come: Studies in Daniel and Revelation (1970), Law and Liberty (1971) and The One and the Many: Studies in the Philosophy of Order and Ultimacy (1971), The Institutes of Biblical Law (1973), and s Systematic Theology (two volumes).