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Christian Reconstruction: R. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism

Michael McVicar


This is a critical history of Christian Reconstruction and its founder and champion, theologian and activist Rousas John Rushdoony (1916–2001). Drawing on access to Rushdoony’s personal papers and correspondence, this book demonstrates the 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.

Keywords: Christian Reconstruction, Rousas John Rushdoony, Christian Right, American theocratic agenda, Reconstructionism, American society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781469622743
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469622743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael McVicar, author