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August 22, 2011

The Dominionists are Coming!

The Dominionists are Coming!

In the last two weeks, elaborate conspiratorial stories claiming a diabolical plot for Christian domination have hit the press. You’d think this would only be coming from far-leftist crazy news sources, but sources as mainstream as CNN, the New Yorker, and CBS News have carried stories alleging the supposed Dominionist influences on the major conservative candidates. Dominionist theology actually refers to the idea that Christians should take over every aspect of law and government, and reinstitute Old Testament penalties for violating Biblical morality. But do you know any Christian who actually believes this?  Neither do I?

So, Dominionism is now the label stamped on anyone who seeks to bring their Christian faith into politics at any level, unless of course it is serving politically liberal ends.  And that makes any Biblical worldview advocate, including Francis Schaeffer and Marvin Olasky, a Dominionist. Don’t buy it, folks. It’s alarmist, shoddy journalism that dismisses serious Christian thought and its place in the public square.

Further Reading

Be not afraid of evangelicals
Lisa Miller | Washington Post | August 18, 2011

A Journalism Lesson From the 'New Yorker
Joe Carter | First Things | August 10, 2011

Bachmann and Dominionism
Richard Weikart | | August 17, 2011

Jeremy Pierce | First Things | August 14, 2011

Another Run at the “Dominionism” Meme
Hunter Baker | First Things | August 19, 2011

Dominionismists: The New Birthers
Joe Carter | First Things | August 16, 2011

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