Building God's Kingdom Hardback

Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction

by Julie J. Ingersoll;

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Building God's Kingdom

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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 proponents of this movement embrace a radical position: arguing that all of life should be brought under the authority of biblical law as it is 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 Ingersoll shows 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 movement, Ingersoll illustrates how the Reconstructionist movement has 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 of Reconstructionist publications, Building God's Kingdom offers the most complete and balanced portrait to date of this enigmatic segment of the Christian Right.

Building God's Kingdom by Julie J. Ingersoll was published by Oxford University Press in August 2015 and is our 49332nd best seller. The ISBN for Building God's Kingdom is 9780199913787.

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Details for Building God's Kingdom

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (August 2015)
Number of Pages320
Thickness28 mm
Height235 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4313533
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