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Founding Fathers: R. J. Rushdoony
R. J. Rushdoony is considered to be the modern day father of Christian Reconstruction. Signer of "A Manifesto for the Christian Church" (download PDF).
Rushdoony comes across to me as a mean - REALLY mean - version of Francis Schaeffer. Where Schaeffer might be appalled at the uniquely American fusion of Christian, free market/libertarian and political empire theologies, Rushdoony actually created the stew (and his son in law, Gary North, continues the tradition by consulting on how to dodge tax law while at the same time starting the Armageddon). There are so many writings left by the man (he died in 1992) that it's not hard to find 'interesting' quotes. Since he is the founder of the modern American "Christian Reconstructionist" movement, what follows is a brief description of the term, as well as samples form his writings (as he Biblically justifies slavery, the destruction of democracy, intolerance, Jesus wasn't really a Jew, etc.). (Joel)
Christian Reconstructionism considers democracy/freedom a heresy. Its distortion/reconstruction of American Christian traditions is used to justify its evil. Its social and religious dogma promotes genocide, enslavement, and terror to promote the delusions of a self-chosen royal race to dominion over the earth. They see themselves in religious terms as a new "master religion" whose destiny is to crush all others in the name of God.
Except for perhaps Christian Identity, Christian Reconstructionism has to be one of the worse perversions of Christianity ever devised. It is the personal political opinions of its founders wrapped in a form of hyper-Calvinism totally stripped of anything Jesus ever said (they claim Jesus' moral teachings are for Jews only) while preaching a society stripped of all freedoms and personal choice. Every facet of society, government, family, schools, etc, would be "reconstructed" along Old Testament lines. This includes the death penalty for abortion, homosexuals, atheists and other non-believers, blasphemy, etc. (Lewis Loflin)
"The goal is the developed Kingdom of god, the New Jerusalem, a world order under god's law." (ibid, p. 357)
"Democracy is the great love of the failures and cowards of life." ("Thy Kingdom Come," p. 39)
"All who are content with a humanistic law system...are guilty of idolatry...they are asking us to serve other gods." ("Law and Society: Volume II" of the "Institutes of Biblical Law," 1982, p. 468)
"Segregation or separation is thus a basic principle of Biblical law with respect to religion... toleration is the excuse under which this levelling is undertaken... the believer is asked to associate on a common level ... with the atheist, the pervert, the criminal, and the adherents of other religions" ("The Institutes of Biblical Law," 1973, p. 294)
"The private ownership of slave labor in the American South has been the subject of extensive distortion." (Reconstructionists glorify it) "The condition of the Irish immigrants on arrival was far worse than that of slaves: they had no master to feed and clothe them or to provide shelter." "The basic difference between the Irish and the Negro has not been color: it has been character...it is a significant difference that cannot be explained altogether by color or environment." In other writings they refer to the pre-1865 South as a "victim" and its society as the "ideal" Christian society." ("Politics of Guilt and Pity," 1970)
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