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Christian ReconstructionR. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism$
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Michael McVicar

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469622743

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622743.001.0001

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The Glory Is Departed

The Glory Is Departed

Political Theology, Presuppositional Apologetics, and the Early Ministry of Rousas John Rushdoony

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(p.18) Chapter One The Glory Is Departed
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Christian Reconstruction
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Michael J. McVicar

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622743.003.0001

This chapter introduces the central themes of the uses and abuses of state power that appear throughout the narrative of the Christian Reconstruction. As a young missionary on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada in the 1940s, Rushdoony had built remote connections with a surprisingly diverse body of intellectual figures that fundamentally shaped the project of Christian Reconstruction. As he engaged with these thinkers, Rushdoony refused to constrain his intellectual development to a narrow disciplinary horizon and instead aspired to use the entire arch of Western Christian tradition to illuminate contemporary religio-political problems, including the threats of fascism and communism and the closing of the American frontier as embodied in the reservation system.

Keywords:   state power, 1940s, Western Christian tradition, religio-political problems, reservation system, Duck Valley Indian Reservation

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