Building Gods Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction

Hardcover | August 17, 2015

byJulie J. Ingersoll

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For the last several decades, at the far fringes of American evangelical Christianity has stood an intellectual movement known as Christian Reconstruction. The proponents of this movement embrace a radical position: that all of life should be brought under the authority of biblical law as itis contained in both the Old and New Testaments. They challenge the legitimacy of democracy, argue that slavery is biblically justifiable, and support the death penalty for all manner of "crimes" described in the Bible including homosexuality, adultery, and Sabbath-breaking. But, as Julie Ingersollshows in this fascinating new book, this "Biblical Worldview" shapes their views not only on political issues, but on everything from private property and economic policy to history and literature. Holding that the Bible provides a coherent, internally consistent, and all-encompassing worldview,they seek to remake the entirety of society - church, state, family, economy - along biblical lines.Tracing the movement from its mid-twentieth-century origins in the writings of theologian and philosopher R.J. Rushdoony to its present-day sites of influence, including the Christian Home School movement, advocacy for the teaching of creationism, and the development and rise of the Tea Party,Ingersoll illustrates how Reconstructionists have broadly and subtly shaped conservative American Protestantism over the course of the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. Drawing on interviews with Reconstructionists themselves as well as extensive research in Reconstructionistpublications, Building God's Kingdom offers the most complete and balanced portrait to date of this enigmatic segment of the Christian Right.

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For the last several decades, at the far fringes of American evangelical Christianity has stood an intellectual movement known as Christian Reconstruction. The proponents of this movement embrace a radical position: that all of life should be brought under the authority of biblical law as itis contained in both the Old and New Testamen...

Julie J. Ingersoll is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of North Florida. She is the author of Evangelical Christian Women: War Stories in the Gender Battles (2003).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:August 17, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Christian Reconstructionist Theology2. Christian Reconstruction as the Groundwork for the Religious Right3. Building a Reconstructed Society: Gary North's Biblical Blueprint Series4. Raising a Godly Generation: Christian Schools and Home Schools5. The Skeleton of a Biblical Worldview: Creationism6. Doug Phillips and Vision ForumNotesIndex

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"Historians have long debated the role of Reconstructionism in the formation of fundamentalist politics. Julie Ingersoll's intrepid research and astute analysis demonstrates that the thought of Rousas John Rushdoony and others did indeed shape the nascent discontent that emerged in the late1970s as the Religious Right." --Randall Balmer, author of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory