Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction

ISBN : 9780199913787

Julie J. Ingersoll
320 Pages
175 x 236 mm
Pub date
Aug 2015
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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 Reconstructionism. The movement was founded by theologian, philosopher, and historian Rousas John Rushdoony, whose near-2000-page tome The Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) provides its foundation. Reconstructionists believe that the Bible provides a coherent, internally consistent, and all-encompassing worldview, and they seek to remake the entirety of society-church, state, family, economy-along biblical lines. They are strongly opposed to democracy and believe that the Constitution should be replaced by Old Testament law. And they carry their convictions to their logical conclusion, arguing, for example, for the restoration of slavery and for the imposition of the death penalty on homosexuals, adulterers, and Sabbath-breakers. In this fascinating book, Julie Ingersoll draws on years of research, Reconstructionist publications, and interviews with Reconstructionists themselves to paint the most complete portrait of the movement yet published. She shows how the Reconstructionists' world makes sense to them, in terms of their own framework. And she demonstrates the movement's influence on everything from homeschooling to some of the more mainstream elements of the Christian Right.


1) Christian Reconstructionist Theology
2) Christian Reconstruction as the Groundwork for the Religious Right
3) Building a Reconstructed Society: Gary North's Biblical Blueprint Series
4) Raising a Godly Generation: Christian Schools and Home Schools
5) The Skeleton of a Biblical Worldview: Creationism
6) Doug Phillips and Vision Forum

About the author: 

Julie J. Ingersoll is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of North Florida. She is the author of Evangelical Christian Women (2003).

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