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Introduction to Dominionism

Taking Rushdoony’s rhetoric about ‘dominion’ over the world, later leaders have loosely come to ascribe to a theology known as Dominionism. This is not an organization, but a sort of filter through which its adherents view Christian doctrine, and their role in the world as Christians. Simply put, Dominionism is the drive to take and exercise Christian dominion over all the earth, in order to bring about the return of Christ and the end of the world.

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Another piece on the agenda of the American Religious RIght

It’s Time to Start Calling Evangelicals What They Are: The American Taliban

This is an excellent piece on the theocratic trend in the US. The author slightly (I think) misinterprets some of the casual signs; he says 'I'll pray for you' is a hallmark of theocratic theology, whereas I tend to think that's more a universal sort of evangelical smugness. But he is very much correct that there are a whole array of 'coded' phrases that do indeed denote dominionist or reconstructionist leanings. He also misses that a lot of people repeat these ideas without really knowing what they signify. There is a documented practice, known as 'steeple-jacking,' by which dominionists join a mainstream church, and over time try to sway it towards their own views (yet another topic on which I plan to post a longer & more detailed piece). But the result is that church members often don't realize that the phrases they hear on Sunday are meant literally, rather in the sense that any Christian might talk about the kingdom of God as a metaphor for the faithful or for heaven. Nevertheless, his core point stands.

The other pieces it links to, in particular this piece in the Washington Post offer some good background on the Council for National Policy, a secretive neo-con Christian group that has urged the administration to eliminate the Dep't of Education (HR 899 has already been proposed and can be viewed at Congress.gov.) and turn school over to private entities in order to 'advance the Kingdom of God.'

Also of interest are the videos at the end of the article dealing with the Seven Mountains Mandate, a theological structure that provides a plan of action for taking over all of society beginning with seven core areas (the metaphorical 'Mountains'), of culture, including government arts & media, education, and of course, business! I'll be doing a more detailed piece on Seven Mountains or 7M theology soon, but the videos there are an excellent overview.

I will say that I am thrilled to see these issues seemingly coming back into journalistic awareness; the more voices amplifying this information, the better. These groups succeed because they hide, and because we *want* to dismiss them as fringe. We want to say 'oh, surely they don't mean that literally!' But they do, and the more people talking about it, the better chance we have of stopping this insanity....

Posted from Patheos: Trump Cabinet plots Theocracy

I suggest taking Patheos overall with a grain of salt; there are hundreds of contributing authors, and not all of them are equally authoritative. I have checked out the background on this, and it coincides with everything else I have seen about members of Trump's cabinet. Drollinger's group, Capitol Ministries, has been on the radar of Right Wing Watch since at least 2011. Read their write-up on the group HERE.

Trump Cabinet Plots Christian Theocracy During Weekly Bible Study Meetings

April 21, 2017, Michael Stone
(Original Article here)
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Topics for future posts

Here are topics on which I plan to make future posts. Please feel free to make suggestions or let me know what you want to know more about in the comments.
  • Dominionism/Dominionist Theology
  • End Times theology
  • The Religious Right & Climate Change
  • Demons, Spirits, and Forces of Darkness - What the Religious Right believes.
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Influential People and Organizations to Watch
  • Seven Mountains Mandate
  • The Religious Right's obsession with sex
  • Homeschooling: curricula, oversight, reasoning
  • Militarism: Joel's Army, Phineas Priests, Battle Cry
  • Left Behind: What the series means in right wing theology
  • Who's Who in the Religious Right in America
  • The Council for National Policy: the worst group with the most innocuous name
  • Steeple-Jacking

Reconstruction: An Introduction

This is the first of what I plan to be a series of basic introductory articles on core topics pertinent to the religious right. I will be adding source links (to current sources where possible, or to archived sources hosted elsewhere) shortly. As more articles in this series appear, I will also be cross-linking them (e.g. so if dominionism is mentioned, it will link to a post on dominionism, etc.).
These articles are taken from my class notes I have prepared for the courses I teach on the History of Christianity and Christianity in the US. They are @2017, All rights reserved. If you wish to cite or quote any of these pieces, please contact me and I can give you a citable source, since I do not want to use my real name here. Thank you for your consideration.

Christian Reconstruction
Reconstruction is a Calvinist, thenonomic/theocratic trend in theology that teaches that god’s law (i.e. Biblical Law) is to be the law of the land. Theologian R.J. Rushdoony, who published a massive set of volumes called ‘The Institutes of Biblical Law,” is widely considered to be the father of the Reconstruction movement, as well as the Christian homeschooling movement.

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Basic Definitions

This post will provide definitions for core terms. It will be updated as needed, and a more comprehensive glossary with shorter definitions will be coming soon.

What is a Theocracy?
A theocracy is a form of government in which religion is the centrally controlling element. Much like Democracy comes form the Greek ‘demos’ (common) and ‘kratos’ (rule), theocracy comes from the Greek ‘theos’ (god) and ‘kratos’ (rule). In real-world terms, it means that the church and state are one and the same, and that the laws and doctrines of a single religion (or single form of religion) form the law of the land. A contemporary example is Iran, whose legal and political structure reflect the religious beliefs and ethics of Islam, specifically Shi’a Islam. In the west, there has been a movement among the rightward spectrum of Christianity to create a theocratic state. This is particularly the case in the United States, where a broad coalition of evangelical, fundamentalist, and other Christian groups are loosely united in their purpose of imposing Biblical ethics and morality on what they perceive as a fallen, godless nation.

What is Dominionism?

Dominionism is a style or trend of Christian practice and ideology. It centers on the idea that God has commanded Christians to take control or ‘dominion’ over all of governance and culture. Typically this is informed by the belief that the entire world must be made into a Christian society in order for Christ to return and initiate the End Times. Terms that also connote dominionist theology include ‘Kingdom theology,’ ‘advancing the Kingdom of God,’ and similar phrases, often used by public figures to signal to the dominionist community wthout using the term ‘dominion’ or ‘dominionism.’

What is Reconstruction?
Reconstruction, or Christian Reconstruction, is a theology originally espoused by R.J. Rushdoony, a Calvinist theologian,which teaches that the imperative of the Christian is to bring the whole of life into submission to God and Biblical law. It is also one of the origins of dominionist theology, above. Rushdoony held that all law was essentially ‘religion,’ so any form of law, or ‘law order’ that was not biblical was anti-Christian. He advocated for instatement of old-testament religious law as the law of the land, including death penalties for adultery, apostasy, and a list of other biblically defined sins, and the use of slavery instead of prisons. A slightly (not very) tempered version of this Reconstruction theology is carried on by Rushdoony’s Chalcedon Foundation, and by his many followers. See the full entry on Reconstruction HERE.

See Who’s Who in the Religious Right (soon to be posted) for more.