Journalists Downgrading Dominionism

September 1, 2011 by Nathan Finn

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In recent days, journalists have sounded the alarm against certain GOP presidential candidates who allegedly hold to Christian Reconstructionism (or Dominionism). The articles, written by Michelle Goldberg and Ryan Lizza, respectively, demonstrate a studied and perhaps politically motivated ignorance concerning the relationship between Dominion Theology, Francis Schaeffer, and contemporary evangelical-friendly politicians. The Goldberg and Lizza pieces have been rightly eviscerated by scholars who know better. For example, Douglas Baker has written a thoughtful critique for Patheos titled Downgrading Dominionism. It would be a good place to start if you want to understand what Christian Reconstructionism actually is, why Francis Schaeffer wasn’t one, and why it’s unlikely any major presidential candidates are harboring a secret Dominionist agenda for America.

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