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The Christian Reconstruction Movement in U.S. Politics

Julie Ingersoll


Published online January 2017 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935420.013.25

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For more than half a century, Rousas John Rushdoony and his followers have articulated and disseminated what they understand to be a biblical worldview, based in aspects of traditional reformed theology and both the Old and New Testaments. This worldview seeks to apply biblical law to every aspect of life and to transform every aspect of culture to establish the Kingdom of God. While some components of their vision are so extreme that Christian Reconstructionists are often dismissed as an irrelevant fringe group, other aspects of their vision have taken root in conservative American Protestantism, especially in the Christian homeschool movement, and therefor influenced American conservatism more broadly. This essay outlines that worldview and points to some of those areas of influence.

Keywords: Christian Reconstruction; home schooling; religious freedom; biblical worldview; sphere sovereignty; dominion; theocracy; theology

Article.  6610 words. 

Subjects: Christianity ; Religious Issues and Debates ; Religious Studies ; Sociology of Religion

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