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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

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

Michael J. McVicar

University of North Carolina Press

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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