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Christian Reconstruction: R.J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism (Paperback)
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Christian Reconstruction: R.J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism (Paperback)

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Paperback 336 Pages / Published: 27/04/2015
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This is the first critical history of Christian Reconstruction and its founder and champion, theologian and activist Rousas John Rushdoony (1915@-2001). Drawing on exclusive access to Rushdoony's personal papers and extensive correspondence, Michael J. McVicar demonstrates the considerable role Reconstructionism played in the development of the radical Christian Right and an American theocratic agenda. As a religious movement, Reconstructionism aims at nothing less than ""reconstructing"" individuals through a form of Christian governance that, if implemented in the lives of U.S. citizens, would fundamentally alter the shape of American society.

McVicar examines Rushdoony's career and traces Reconstructionism as it grew from a grassroots, populist movement in the 1960s to its height of popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. He reveals the movement's galvanizing role in the development of political conspiracy theories and survivalism, libertarianism and antistatism, and educational reform and homeschooling. The book demonstrates how these issues have retained and in many cases gained potency for conservative Christians to the present day, despite the decline of the movement itself beginning in the 1990s. McVicar contends that Christian Reconstruction has contributed significantly to how certain forms of religiosity have become central, and now familiar, aspects of an often controversial conservative revolution in America.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469622743
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Christian Reconstruction is...an invaluable contribution to understanding the intersection of politics and religion in America, as well as appreciating the role of Reconstructionism in shaping the modern conservative movement.--Religious Studies Review


Highly recommended for anyone seeking a detailed background on this little-known, little-understood offshoot of American religious conservatism.--Church and State


A remarkably even-handed analysis. . . . Unequaled in its depth and in the scope of its analysis.--Journal of Church and State


An extensively researched and critical yet balanced history of the Christian Reconstruction movement and its founder, R.J. Rushdoony. . . . Specialists in religion, politics, sociology, history, and cultural analysis, as well as the general public, can find rich reflection herein no matter their personal, political, or religious persuasions.--Library Journal


It is sometimes said in a review of a well-written and insightful account of an important person's life that it is the biography the subject deserves. That can be said of this fine book, but I say it with a sense of sadness. It is the chronicle of a brilliant thinker who, as [McVicar] observes at one point, increasingly displayed no 'ability to cooperate with anyone who disagreed with his interpretation of Scripture, no matter how minor or insignificant the distinction.'" --Richard J. Mouw, First Things


Not only is this volume a much-welcomed contribution to the scholarship of religious conservatism and evangelicalism in America, it also serves a model for scholars who are writing about persons whose opinions differ markedly from their own.--H-Net Reviews


A superb biography featuring remarkable research and erudite, readable prose.--Political Science Quarterly


Intimate and richly contextualized....Will inspire future chroniclers to grant Rushdoony a wider berth.--Journal of American History


The first book to take seriously the Christian Reconstruction movement and one of its primary architects R.J. Rushdoony....McVicar has done a great service in providing scholars and other interested readers with an excellent overview of Rushdoony and Christian Reconstructionism.--Church History and Religious Culture


Buy it. Read it. Critique it. Learn from it." --Faith for All of Life


McVicar is a careful writer. . . . He goes out of his way to place the radicalism of the Reconstructionists in context.--Books & Culture


The prose is engaging, and McVicar manages to clearly explain the theological, institutional, and social history of Christian Reconstruction.--American Historical Review


McVicar . . . has produced a landmark work describing the rise and eventual fall of Reconstructionist thought. This fine work is highly recommended.--Publishers Weekly, starred review


Far surpass[es] in scope and depth of research anything previously written about Rushdoony or the movement he birthed.--H-Catholic, H-Net Reviews


A first-rate beginning in seeking to detail the life and significance of a man and to take the measure of the movement that he founded, which continues, in various forms, to exert influence in American culture, religion, and politics.--Mid-America Journal of Theology


[Christian Reconstruction] will remain the standard socio-historical interpretation of Rushdoony for many years to come.--Reformation 21


Scholars of religion will find his discussion sufficiently sophisticated, but historians, political scientists, and other seeking insight into this influential theologian and his influence will benefit from McVicar's clarity of exposition.--Journal of Religion

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