Friday, January 18, 2008

Why wait for the Kingdom?

Controversy surrounding some of Mike Huckabee's recent comments has caused a revived interest in some quarters with that peculiar corner of Calvinism known as Christian Reconstructionism.

I have seen no evidence that Huckabee is a Reconstructionist, but some critical commentators have made the connection. One of them, Professor Bainbridge reminds me of a useful 1990 article by Richard John Neuhaus, "Why Wait for the Kingdom? The Theonomist Temptation." If you have ever wondered what Christian Reconstructionism is, this is a good place to start.

Update: Huckabee has made it quite clear that his comments do not indicate a desire to re-write the Constitution. He was simply speaking to the issues of marriage and abortion ["....I think we need to codify in our Constitution that which has been acceptable and accepted view of what life and what marriage means. ...."], not proposing the "reconstruction" of the United States using Scripture as the template.

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