Julie Ingersoll has been studying Christian Reconstructionism for years, and of late she has brought crucial insights to RD into how Christian Reconstructionism has influenced current electoral politics, particularly Rand Paul’s and Sharron Angle’s unlikely Republican Senate primary victories in Kentucky and Nevada.
In an interview with the Rev. Welton Gaddy on State of Belief, Ingersoll explains how Christian Reconstructionist thought, particularly the seminal writing of R.J. Rushdoony, is at the root of the dominionism that animates the contemporary religious right. And one can even see the influence of Reconstructionism on politicians like Ron and Rand Paul, who would not self-identify as Reconstructionists, and who are not even traditionally closely allied with the religious right.
Listen to Part I: