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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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To a Thousand Generations

To a Thousand Generations

Governance and Reconstruction

(p.217) Conclusion To a Thousand Generations
Christian Reconstruction

Michael J. McVicar

University of North Carolina Press

This concluding chapter charts the aftermath of Rushdoony’s theological legacy. As a result of Rushdoony’s ill health, financial setbacks, and the premature deaths of theologians such as Bahnsen and Chilton, the 1990s and early 2000s marked an era of change for Rushdoony’s Chalcedon Foundation and North’s ICE. Worse, the theology of R.J. Rushdoony has since become a screen upon which critics project competing interpretations of the proper place of religion in American society. By using Reconstructionism to embody “bad” religion, such narratives reify the normative and naïve assumption that “good” American evangelicalism simply seeks to bring the light of Christ’s Gospel to a fallen world. Such saccharine discourses, however, conveniently ignore that both evangelicalism and secularism are culturally constituted systems of exclusion facilitated by powerful institutional, legal, and governmental mechanisms.

Keywords:   Rushdoony’s legacy, 1990s, 2000s, Reconstructionism, American evangelicalism, secularism

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