A.A. Hodge called Dabney the greatest theologian in America during the 1800s, and many have noted his prophetic insight. His rejection of the modernist theory known as the Social Contract merits renewed study since Social Justice is, in fact, a rebirth of this still-born idea.
R.L. Dabney refutes Kant’s ethical theory, being one-sided. It, being overly rationalistic, cannot account for the moral nature of impulsive actions, and being overly altruistic, cannot account for the moral obligation to the self.
Every statesman of the Reformation epic who, like John Knox, argued the right and duty of the states to educate the children, also argued State religion as an imperative duty from the same premises. Not a single leader of opinion can be found for two hundred years so absurd as to assert the one inference and discard the other.