Jacob Aitken, sometime author at the HB, left the TheoRecon movement. What is that? TheoRecon is a shorthand word I coined (as far as I know) for the theonomic-Christian reconstruction movement. Now you know why I use TheoRecon instead. Short story: the movement anticipates the coming collapse of civilization and they expect to reconstruct into a Christian theonomic theocracy using the Mosaic judicial laws (hence “theonomic”) as the legal standard in their new nation. Their postmillennial eschatology expects the gospel (in which most of them include the sacerdotal, self-described Federal Vision theology) to result in the conversion of most of the world so that they anticipate a future, earthly glory-age on the earth to greet Christ’s return.
It is a seductive movement for fundamentalist Baptists who only have to trade in their literal millennium for a figurative (but still glorious and earthly) millennium. They get to keep much of their way of reading the Old Testament and they easily trade their legalistic piety for the extensive theonomic applications of the Mosaic judicial law. Rushdoony wrote three volumes on the biblical law alone.
It is also an attractive movement for young people looking for apologetic heroes (here is a typical example) or for culture warriors. TheoRecon postmillennialism gives them an earthly hope for the future. It inspires them to fight “the enemy” (i.e., the pagans, who become de facto Canaanites vs. the theorecon Israel). It is populated with ostensibly masculine figures who “fight back” against the bad guys, seek to take over small towns in Moscow, ID or, failing that, set fire to fields and barns on the Palouse.
Like Thomas Roche’s older biographical history of the theorecon movement, Jacob’s is both personal and well informed.
My only quibble with his analysis of the TheoRecon movement is to say that there is strong evidence (from his son David, who lists 9 exhibits) that one of the major leaders in TheoRecon movement, Greg Bahnsen, strongly supported Norman Shepherd, the theological founder of the Federal Vision movement. As Roche noted, many of the folks that we now associate with the self-described Federal Vision theology we originally met as part of the theorecon movement. There has been some dissent from within the theorecon movement against the FV theology but the FV theology is the ecclesiastical wing of the theorecon movement. For more on these questions see the resources below.
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