Review: Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse?

Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse?
Dominion Theology: Blessing or Curse? by H. Wayne House
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book purports to be a serious study of Dominion Theology, a topic which, with Rick Perry riding high in the polls, is of great relevance. There are few books on this vital topic, so I was hoping to find out what it was that Dominion Theology (or Reconstructionist Theology, as it is also known) actually entailed.

Unfortunately, there is one big problem with the book: the author subscribes to a theology almost as outrageous as Dominionism, and so much of the book is taken up not with analysing or attacking Dominionism’s ideas, but with convoluted arguments that aim to save Dominionism while salvaging his own, almost equally untenable notions. Given some of the extraordinary statements he makes when speaking for himself (e.g. that democracy inevitably ends in anarchy or authoritarianism) one therefore has to question just how sound any of his arguments are. As they are motivated more, it seems, by a desire to create clear blue water between him and Dominionists than by a desire for truth, one has to be extremely cautious and, in the end, it is very hard to be certain as to how trustworthy his claims about Dominionism are. Especially in view of the fact that his out and out assertions about what Christianity is appear to imply that anyone who is not an American literalist evangelical is not Christian.

This is a shame, as there is much here that could be of value. His discussion of Dominionist sources is useful, and can be a good basis for further study. His discussion of the way Dominionists distort Matthew 5 vv 17-20 is particularly interesting, as this is virtually the sole Gospel text they can find to support their position. Finally, the discussion of a putative Dominionist justice system is, though confused, thought-provoking, even if it suffers from the problem of failing to comprehend that the US Constitution is as little based in Scripture as Dominionism.

So, in conclusion, this is okay as a basic introduction if you want to get a feel for the subject, in which case I recommend reading chapters 1 through 7 and omitting the remainder of the book (which, as a glance at the chapter titles will tell you, is more about his own beliefs than theirs). But be cautious and go to some other text for authoritative analysis.

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