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Monday, April 30, 2012

Kirk Cameron and His Reconstructionist Pals

I was alerted to this article from Huffpo over the weekend,

Kirk Cameron's Growing Circle of Reconstructionist Friends

It's one of those hysterical, hand-wringing articles we see occasionally from liberal progs. The author envisions an Orwellian theocratic police state where women are forced to carry their babies to term and gays are pressed to death by Puritan mobs and we can't buy booze on Sunday. It's the kind of nonsense we get from books like "The Handmaid's Tale" or farcical plays like Keely and Du.

The irony is how these same authors ignore real secular and religious nations where this stuff goes on. Think China and Iran.

At any rate, Kirk's new circle of friends is out of character from what I remember of the guy. I mean, he was the lead in the failed Left Behind movie franchise.

I will say one word of encouragement to the author of that article. Whereas her and her supporters carry on about the influence of Reconstructionists, I can confidently tell them that they are something of a fringe group within the larger body of Christian America. Though it is true some of their leaders are influential in certain areas of theology (I'm thinking of Greg Bahnsen's material on apologetic methodology), overall, no one truly takes them seriously. You'll still be able to buy booze on Sunday.

Those interested, here's a little background to the whole Reconstructionist movement.

Historical Overview of Christian Reconstructionism

And if you want more of an in-depth critique from a personal, firsthand account of a guy on the verge of becoming a reconstructionist back in the early days, get a copy of Tommy Ice and Wayne House's book, Dominion Theology: Blessing or a Curse?

Tommy met regularly with Gary North when he was a young man in Texas, and because of his political views, was on track to join up with the Tyler, Texas Theonomist until he bailed on them. It's a fascinating read.

Oh, BTW, I apologize for not noting this before, but Hank's blogging crew gave something of a gushing review of Kirk Cameron's documentary, Monumental. They also responded to some other hysterical liberal blogging and defended Reconstructionism as being "inside the pale of Christian orthodoxy." Makes me wonder if Hank will now become a Calvinist and abandon his Roman Catholic Thomist apologetics for Van Til.



Blogger Matt said...

Okay, it sounds trite, but I have to say that this was a very interesting post.

I've read about some of the people involved, but never about the Reconstructionist movement itself. Thanks for posting the link to the article--it was quite fascinating to read. I began to read, not intending to continue but I ended up not quitting until I'd finished the whole thing.

9:33 PM, May 01, 2012  
Blogger Sir Aaron said...

I didn't know much about this movement either. The medieval church? Like prereformation? Really?

8:45 PM, May 02, 2012  

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