Inside the Frightening World of Christian Reconstruction
[Editor’s Note: While written clearly from a liberal political and sub-biblical perspective, the author of a new book on the topic of Christian Reconstruction and subsequent interview has some interesting and compelling outside-looking-in perspectives on civil judaizing. I highly recommend this article.]
As an unprecedented shift in public opinion brought about the legalization of gay marriage, a vigorous counter-current has been intensifying under the banner of “religious freedom”—an incredibly slippery term.
Perhaps the most radical definition of such freedom comes out of the relatively obscure tradition of Christian Reconstructionism, the subject of a new book by religious studies scholar Julie Ingersoll, “Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstructionism.” As Ingersoll explains, Reconstructionists basically reject the entire framework of secular political thought in which individual rights have meaning, so “freedom” as most Americans understand the term is not the issue at all. Indeed, they argue that such “freedom” is actually slavery—slavery to sin, that is.
‘If someone wants to understand these people, I think the smart thing to do is to take those really inflammatory things, acknowledge that they are there, and set them aside,” Ingersoll advised. “And then look at the stuff that’s less inflammatory, but therefore, I think, more important. I think the Christian schooling, homeschooling, creationism, the approach to economics, I think those kinds of things are far more important.
Read More at Salon.com here.