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Dominionism Is Not A Myth, Continued

Jim Burroway

October 11th, 2011

When concerns arose last August about the close ties that two GOP candidates for president, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, have with extreme elements of far-right Cristianism known as Dominionism, the reaction among the far-right was, incredibly, to complain that there was no such thing as Dominionism. They said that Dominionism was a myth made up by the “East Coast media elite,”, or that it’s just an artifact of “old anxieties among liberals about evangelical Christians.” Lisa Miller even claimed that because mainstream Evangelicals have never heard of Dominionism (and they probably haven’t) and that mainstream Evangelicals aren’t interested in taking over the political world (a point that’s arguable, but at least not in the sense that Dominionists would have it), then there is no such thing as Dominionism. Which is like saying that because mainstream white people don’t want to bring back Jim Crow, then that means there are no such thing as White Supremacists.

So I wonder how all of those naysayers will respond to Marsha West, whose post on the arguably small-d dominionist web site RenewAmerica warns that “Dominionists are on the move…and they mean business.” She’s a very conservative Evangelical Christian, and she seems about as alarmed over C. Peter Wagner’s New Apostolic Reformation as the rest of us.

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