Another Reconstructionist/Dominionist Distinction
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Mon Nov 28, 2005 at 02:51:18 PM EST
Gary North's article on "Neoconservatism vs. Christian Reconstruction" in the current issue of the Chalcedon Foundation's Faith For All of Life Magazine, suggests another distinction that might be made between Reconstructionists and Dominionists.

North distinguishes Neoconservatism from Reconstructionism by its support for Israel.  Neoconservatives have been strong advocates for wars in the middle east which would bolster the security of Israel.  Reconstructionists have no concern for the security of the nation of Israel.

Dominionists, on the other hand, whose eschatology is pre-millennial and in which the modern state of Israel plays a major role, have sided with the neo-conservatives.

This suggests the need for further discussion of the influence of neo-conservatism on Dominionism.  I'll try to post a story on that later this week.




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I think names are a necessary topic for discussion on this site.  Christian Right, Religious Right, Dominionism, Reconstructionism, Neo-Conservative... all these names generally speaking refer to an overarching thought structure - but at the same time each of these groups have distinct differences that I think we often lose sight of when discussing all these groups as a whole.  To have a serious discussion, we should really come up with definitions and naming conventions so that we don't confuse or inadvertently criticize when we don't mean to.
I'm thinking this may be similar to the different sects within Christianity.  Lutheran, Protestant, Episcopalian, Methodist, etc.  All Christians, but also all different in little (or sometimes big) ways.

by EmilyWynn8 on Mon Nov 28, 2005 at 03:35:19 PM EST
I do agree, and that's why (for example, when I've posted on my own observations) I've tried to specify that my own observations have been among "pente/charismatic affiliated dominionists" (to separate from, say, Christian Reconstructionists who are more often associated with "independent Baptist" groups, or pentecostals/evangelicals who do NOT agree with dominionism (yes, they're out there!).)

by dogemperor on Mon Nov 28, 2005 at 04:58:25 PM EST
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Perhaps the pre/post millenium schism is where the overall organiztion will be fractured.  Growing up in a Baptist church that was a member of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches (GARBC) I can remeber at least to church splits over this topic.  A divided organization concerned with doctrianal infighting is to my mind preferable to a unified one.

by dsgibbs on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 02:16:56 PM EST

The fault line is there, but it looks like it will take a lot of time for it to make a break.

by Mainstream Baptist on Tue Nov 29, 2005 at 03:31:55 PM EST


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