Main authors. Assessment by evangelicals.
Interface with evangelicals. Resources
Leading authors in the movement:
Greg L. Bahnsen of the Southern California Center for Christian Studies.
David Chilton. He adopted hyper-preterism, (a.k.a. full or complete
perterism) a particular belief about end time events. He was basically
ostracized from the Christian Reconstruction camp afterwards.
Gary DeMar, a member of the
steering committee of the Coalition On Revival (COR), and a
leading Christian Reconstructionist author and lecturer, .
Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., author and pastor of the Reedy River Presbyterian
Church, in Mauldin, SC
Gary North of the Institute for Christian Economics. He is a prolific author.
Larry Pratt: head of the Gun Owners of America and English First, a group
opposed to non-English speaking immigrants and bilingual education. Author of "Armed
People Victorious" which documents Guatemalan and Philippine militias and
para-military death squads. He was campaign co-chair of the Buchanan presidential campaign in
John Quade, a member of the board of the Chalcedon Foundation.
Rousas John Rushdoony (1916 - 2001) of the Chalcedon Foundation is often considered the founder
of Christian Reconstructionism. Author of Institutes of Biblical Law (3
volumes), The Nature of the American System. The Foundations of Social Order:
Studies in the Creeds and Councils of the Early Church, Roots of
Reconstruction, Law & Liberty, The Biblical Philosophy of History,The
Mythology of Science, Christianity and the State, etc.
Assessment of Reconstructionism by evangelical Christians:
Ralph Reed, the executive director of the conservative public policy group the Christian
Coalition, has criticized Reconstructionism as "an authoritarian ideology that
threatens the most basic civil liberties of a free and democratic society."
"... the Puritans were the direct forerunners of today's Kingdom/ Dominion / Reconstructionist
heresy. The Puritans believed that they were carrying to America true
Christianity as decreed by God, especially as written in the Old Testament.
They believed too that they were on a divine mission to America, a place
specially appointed by God to be the 'New Israel,' a theocratic 'city upon a
hill.' The Puritans viewed themselves as God's special people, replacing
national Israel, and that the American Indians
were the 'new Canaanites'."
"The fruit of the Puritan's theology was brutal.
They saw their mission as convert these 'Canaanites' to Christianity, or
slaughter them in the name of Christ. For example,
the Puritan massacres of the Pequot Indian tribe on May 26, 1637, and again
on July 14, 1637, were deemed by the Puritans to be directed by God.
Captain John Mason declared, 'God laughed his enemies and the enemies of his
people to scorn, making them as a fiery oven ... Thus did the Lord judge
among the heathen, filling the place with dead bodies.' 1
Converting the pagans for God was acceptable to the Puritans, but killing
the pagans for the Lord was also acceptable!"
"Nearly three and a half centuries later, the 'New Puritans,' called
Reconstructionists, want to do what the earlier ones could not. Believing
they have a mandate from God to reconstruct American society, they want to
establish a theocracy or Theonomy (God's law) by instituting the civil code
of the Law of Moses under which all Americans, and eventually all the world
must live. They propose to eradicate democracy and reinstate a form of
slavery. (Most Reconstructionists are also
anti-Semitic and racist, views deeply seeded in the old Identity Movement
that purported to be Christian.) Reconstructionism has married politics and
attached its agenda to that arena. Under the cover of fighting
witchcraft, pornography, secular public
education, and other anathemas to Christianity, it has made enormous strides
in religious and political affairs."
Lewis Loftin writes:
"To be a Nazi is an attitude that doesn't always involve revering Hitler. Anyone who promotes
genocide, slavery, anti-Semitism, racism, and just out-right terror to obtain a political goal
is a Nazi in my book. Christian Reconstructionism is Nazism in every important way. Reconstructionism
is only two things, power and hate. It is evil cloaked in religion." 2
Interface with other fundamentalist Christian groups:
Dominionism differs from other, more common, forms of fundamentalism in a
number of key areas.
Emphasize the importance of the Hebrew Scriptures vs. the Christian Scriptures.
Believe that all Christians must attempt to reconstruct society along
Believe that, once they attain power, they will suppress other religions through
genocide and mass murder, rather than through proselytizing.
Would require all religious groups to strictly follow the Mosaic law.
Believe that Jesus' second coming is in the far future.
Dominionism thought is finding considerable support among
Charismatic denominations and churches. According to the Public Eye
"Gary North claims that 'the ideas of the Reconstructionists
have penetrated into Protestant circles that for the most part are unaware
of the original source of the theological ideas that are beginning to
transform them.' North describes the 'three major legs of the
Reconstructionist movement [as] the Presbyterian oriented educators, the
Baptist school headmasters and pastors, and the charismatic
telecommunications system'." 3