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  •  I'm curious, Trout (6+ / 0-)

    It seems to me that (and I'm speaking anecdotally here) that the religious right were more of a mind to not join the world until Pat Robertson ran for the primaries.  After that, the theology changed quite dramatically to all this Dominionist/Kingdom stuff, which plays right into power, now imitating a corporate or military structure.  My question is, as so much disinformation comes out of the right wing think tanks which is tailor made to influence public opinion to achieve certain policy (or lack thereof) goals, is there a similiar process involved where there has been a deliberate changing of Christian theology in order to enable the power grab attempt we are seeing?

    I don't mean like a conspiracy theory, but more a reason behind the madness.

    •  Part of the answer to that is (6+ / 0-)

      yes, the Republican party has been conspiring in that realm. Church membership rolls have regularly been traded/sold for political reasons. 2004 incident.

      Waffles Are Delicious!

      by nosleep4u on Sat Apr 24, 2010 at 10:59:34 AM PDT

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    •  Good question. Well... (5+ / 0-)

      Yes, there are some who are intentionally trying to shift the theology.

      In the background of this are the twin movements of Christian Reconstructionism and the charismatic movement.

      The first was never big but it was intellectually very influential. The second has become huge and may eventually become the dominant force in Christianity.

      Both espouse dominionism.

      What you noticed, re Robertson, was roughly accurate. The politicization started earlier but Robertson helped draw many Christians back into politics.

      In the background of all of this, also, is the waning of traditional fundamentalism, which was heavily dispensationalist and held that believers should separate themselves from the corrupt and irredeemable secular world.

      •  I have known a good many of these "believers" (6+ / 0-)

        who became charismatics and have since acted like a cult.  They have their own language, and entirely different meanings for the words they use.  I have spent years trying to relate to them as people to find an open place for sensible dialogue.  I've come to realize that most of the time they won't believe anything outside the church or Fox.

        Thanks for the work you do bringing this important but all too often ignored issue to light.

        •  This certainly corresponds to the RW (3+ / 0-)
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          religious infiltration of the US Military.  The NYT reports today that 15% of those polled do not believe in God, which is up dramatically from 10 years ago.  Younger people were more likely to be non-believers.  I'm thinking that this is what the RW fundamentalists and scandal in the Catholic Church have wrought.  A whole lot of smiting is called for here because of the hubris in all this, so where is the angry God who would commence with the smiting?

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