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A Christian Renaissance

Michael J. McVicar

in Christian Reconstruction

Published by University of North Carolina Press

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9781469622743
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781469623245
A Christian Renaissance

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This chapter outlines Rushdoony’s connections with the emerging grassroots infrastructure of the Southern Californian conservative movement, with its epicenter in Los Angeles and Orange County. Situating Rushdoony firmly in this grassroots matrix, the chapter details his relationship with Women for America, Inc., a patriotic women’s study group who, among others, offered Rushdoony the resources to found the Chalcedon Foundation. With the creation of Chalcedon, Rushdoony began to articulate an intellectually rigorous, philosophically sophisticated, and practically accessible familial project designed to relocate the discipline and governance of human beings from the state to the family. This project, which he first called a “Christian renaissance” and then “Christian Reconstruction,” found an audience among women and men sympathetic to the John Birch Society and other contemporary action groups seeking a coherent religious foundation for their political ideas.

Keywords: Southern Californian conservative movement; Chalcedon Foundation; Women for America; Christian Reconstruction; grassroots matrix; Christian renaissance

Chapter.  10947 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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