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Kingdom now/christian reconstruction stuff isn't anywhere near us mainstream and in no way fits with the examples she used.

do nonacademic writers sometimes use it to refer to everyone on the right they disagree with? sure but that's just bullshit that needs to be and is called out. Have you read and of the works that form the bulk of the wikipedia citation? i doubt it because it's going to undermine op's argument.

OP is showing an extreme version of this when pushed.

  1. complete ignorance of theological strokes of the dominionism idea: seems to have no idea that this is a evangelical movement considering he includes people like Paul Ryan (what?), etc.

why don't we loo at one of the people who coined the term

"Dominionism" as a Term or Description

The term "dominionism" is used different ways by different people. When new terms are developed, that is to be expected. If we are to use words and phrases to discuss ideas, however, it pays to be on the same page concerning how we define those terms. This is especially true in public debates.

In her 1989 book Spiritual Warfare, sociologist Sara Diamond discussed how dominionism as an ideological tendency in the Christian Right had been significantly influenced by Christian Reconstructionism. Over the past 20 years the leading proponents of Christian Reconstructionism and dominion theology have included Rousas John (R.J.) Rushdoony, Gary North, Greg Bahnsen, David Chilton, Gary DeMar, and Andrew Sandlin.

Diamond explained that "the primary importance of the [Christian Reconstructionist] ideology is its role as a catalyst for what is loosely called 'dominion theology.'" According to Diamond, "Largely through the impact of Rushdoony's and North's writings, the concept that Christians are Biblically mandated to 'occupy' all secular institutions has become the central unifying ideology for the Christian Right." (italics in the original).

In a series of articles and book chapters Diamond expanded on her thesis. She called Reconstructionism "the most intellectually grounded, though esoteric, brand of dominion theology," and observed that "promoters of Reconstructionism see their role as ideological entrepreneurs committed to a long-term struggle."

So Christian Reconstructionism was the most influential form of dominion theology, and it influenced both the theological concepts and political activism of white Protestant conservative evangelicals mobilized by the Christian Right.

But very few evangelicals have even heard of dominion theology, and fewer still embrace Christian Reconstructionism. How do we explain this, especially since our critics are quick to point it out? The answer lies in teasing apart the terminology and how it is used.

Christian Reconstructionism is a form of theocratic dominion theology. Its leaders challenged evangelicals across a wide swath of theological beliefs to engage in a more muscular and activist form of political participation. The core theme of dominion theology is that the Bible mandates Christians to take over and "occupy" secular institutions.

A number of Christian Right leaders read what the Christian Reconstructionists were writing, and they adopted the idea of taking dominion over the secular institutions of the United States as the "central unifying ideology" of their social movement. They decided to gain political power through the Republican Party.

This does not mean most Christian Right leaders became Christian Reconstructionists. It does mean they were influenced by dominion theology. But they were influenced in a number of different ways, and some promote the theocratic aspects more militantly than others.

It helps to see the terms dominionism, dominion theology, and Christian Reconstructionism as distinct and not interchangeable. While all Christian Reconstructionists are dominionists, not all dominionists are Christian Reconstructionists.

A nested subset chart looks like this: ---Triumphalism ---------Dominionism ---------------------Dominion Theology or Theocracy ----------------------------------Theonomy ----------------------------------------------Christian Reconstructionism

triumphalism !=dominionism != theocracy !=theonomy != Christian reconstructionism.

these are all different terms and using dominionism as a slur seeks to compress all of these down into one cudgel to attack views you disagree with my implicating them in say christian reconstruction when they don't believe in that (or more often any sort of triumphalism is taken as proof of crypto Christian deconstructionism.

it's a deeply dishonest and misleading use of the terms (i don't think op's being dishonest i think he's just parroting others stupidity)

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