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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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Children of Moloch

Children of Moloch

Christian Reconstruction, the State, and the Conservative Milieu

(p.1) Introduction Children of Moloch
Christian Reconstruction

Michael J. McVicar

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter discusses the narrative surrounding the rise and fall of Christian Reconstructionism—a narrative all too often dismissed by historians as niche and extremist. How this movement—which had gained widespread acceptance and popularity in its time—had amassed such a great amount of influence only to decline later on is explored in greater detail in the succeeding chapters. Suffice it to say that this narrative began when R. J. Rushdoony, the central figure in this story, had come to consider state education to be the source of the youth’s troubles. His efforts would later snowball into a nationwide homeschooling movement after the watershed Leeper et al. v. Arlington ISD et al. case. From its roots in educational reform Christian Reconstruction would emerge, fusing its educational, religious, and political spheres into a radical reconstruction of the humanity’s relationship between themselves and the Christian God.

Keywords:   Christian Reconstructionism, R. J. Rushdoony, Leeper, homeschooling, educational reform, state education, Christian God

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