John Fea on Ted Cruz’s Dominionism

Several authors have tried to tease out the differences between the evangelicals supporting Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Jon Ward did a nice job on this topic for Yahoo News, noting that Ted Cruz followers enthusiastically consider America a Christian nation while Rubio's followers are not as convinced.Now, Messiah College chair of History John Fea has written a piece identifying Ted Cruz as a seven mountains dominionist. I think the evidence is there and because of that I believe … [Read more...]

News from the Alternative Universe: David Barton Builds Support for Ted Cruz in the Midwest

I confess I didn't see this coming.In August 2012, when Thomas Nelson pulled David Barton's flawed book on Thomas Jefferson, I hoped that the event would cause some reflection among culture warriors about the Christian nation narrative that threatens our First Amendment freedoms. I thought debunking the extreme claims would cause reflection about the real heritage of our nation's founders and the actual role of religion in that time period.I now realize I was wrong.If anything Barton … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and Mike Huckabee and the Alternative Reality Conference

Kevin Swanson appears to be a tortured soul. It is beyond ridiculous that Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee spoke at a conference organized by this fellow.During the conference Christian reconstructionist minister Phil Kayser distributed a publication calling for the death penalty for gays and others who violate Mosaic law. I brought Kayser's views forward four years ago when he endorsed Ron Paul. Paul initially was thrilled to get Kayser's endorsement until I pointed out Kayser's … [Read more...]

Salon Article on David Barton

Julie Ingersoll posted on David Barton's historical misadventures today at Salon. The article is a lengthy section from her book Building God's Kingdom: Inside the World of Christian Reconstructionism.Julie's article brings together several strands of thinking which have influenced Barton and is a good introduction for those wanting some background on the collector of historical documents. It is a plus that she includes a mention of Getting Jefferson Right (one correction, we published our … [Read more...]

Institute on the Constitution, God and Government, and Christian Reconstructionism

Yesterday, the Institute on the Constitution dropped a press release about their God and Government program. From the Christian Newswire release: The "Institute on the Constitution" has launched "The God And Government Project" the purpose of which is to remind elected officials, and those who seek civil government offices, that government is from God and their first duty must be to obey God and His Word (Romans 13.) The folks at IOTC want citizens to use open mic time before city council … [Read more...]

The Daily Beast examines Ron Paul’s Reconstructionist roots

Last week, I reported that Ron Paul hired Mike Heath (is he still AFTAH board chair?), and that Ron Paul touted an endorsement from an Omaha pastor who wants to implement Mosaic law, complete with executions for gays, adulterers and delinquent children.Today, the Daily Beast's Michelle Goldberg examines the topic and notes that many evangelicals who are coming Paul's way today in Iowa lean toward the Reconstructionist side of the evangelical world.  The other interesting aspect of her … [Read more...]

Phil Kayser's endorsement of Ron Paul is the tip of the iceberg

Yesterday, I reported that Omaha pastor and Christian reconstructionist, Phil Kayser, endorsed Ron Paul for President. I pointed out that Kayser advocates the death penalty as viable for gays, juvenile delinquents and those committing other biblical offenses. Paul enthusiastically accepted the endorsement and, in turn, endorsed Kayser's assessment of Paul politics. Kayser claimed that Paul's views were the closest to biblical teaching of any of the other candidates. After Talking Points Memo p … [Read more...]

Why Ron Paul appeals to Christian Reconstructionists

I think I may have this figured out.I have been thinking about why New Apostolic Reformation dominionists like Rick Perry, and Michelle Bachmann but Christian reconstruction dominionists like Ron Paul. We know why they don't like Mitt Romney (hint - in Christian dominionism of any sort, Mormons can't implement biblical law).But back to NAR vs. Christian reconstructionists; the focus of control is different. The NAR folks want to rule America as a Christian nation from the seat of … [Read more...]


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