This is Wikipedia’s take on Christian Reconstruction:
The movement declined in the 1990s and was declared dead in a 2008 Church History journal article, although Christian reconstructionist organizations such as the Chalcedon Foundation and American Vision are active today.
But can’t the biased (or uninformed) editors of Wikipedia do better than that? At least (the somewhat less biased and more informed) Julie Ingersoll can do better. This is her take on the 2012 documentary Monumental: In Search of America’s National Treasure:
Based on prerelease film clips and interviews, many people, myself included, pointed out the ties between the people [host Kirk] Cameron was relying on as experts (especially David Barton and Herb Titus) and Christian Reconstruction. I went to see it at the theater, and I was stunned at how thoroughly the film was shaped by the worldview articulated by [Christian Reconstructionist R.J.] Rushdoony. I never expected to see “my folks” (as ethnographers often call the people we study) on the big screen in an overflow movie theater presenting R. J. Rushdoony’s worldview to evangelicals, homeschoolers, and Tea Partiers, who never heard his name nor knew that he was the source for much of what was presented in Cameron’s film…
The point is not that Kirk Cameron is secretly working toward the reestablishment of biblical law. But this illustrates nicely the gradual and subtle influence of Rushdoony’s work in the broader culture, in places where his name is completely unknown. Cameron affiliates with Christian Reconstructionists, supports their organizations, and promotes their theological framework. And he does so in a rather unidentifiable way among mainstream evangelicals and Tea Partiers.
- Wikipedia (2018). Christian reconstructionism. Available https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_reconstructionism. Last accessed 24th Sep 2018.
Ingersoll, J.J. (2015). Building God’s Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstruction. Oxford University Press, New York, pp. 208, 209, 2012