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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dominionism, Michele Bachmann, & Rick Perry

Previously, I've mentioned the weekly "Research on Religion" podcast that is sponsored by the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University and hosted by Anthony Gill, Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.

A recently recorded podcast interview of Douglast Baker focused on the political theology known as Dominionism (a.k.a. Christian Reconstructionism) and the influence it has had on two GOP candidates, Michele Bachman and Rick Perry ("Douglas Baker on Dominionism, Michele Bachmann, & Rick Perry"). Douglas E. Baker is the former Executive Editor of The Baptist Messenger and now serves as Assistant to the Provost of Union University. He earned is BA from LSU, his MDiv from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his MA from the Johns Hopkins University. His thesis at Johns Hopkins ("Toward an Evangelical Public Theology: From St. Augustine to Carl F.H. Henry") was awarded the school's highest honor. He recently wrote a blog post on Dominionism that is, in part, a response to articles by journalists (in particular, Michelle Goldberg) on Dominionism ("Downgrading Dominionism").

Here's a description of the podcast from the Research on Religion website:
Douglas Baker clarifies the recent debate surrounding “Dominionism” and its relation to various Republican presidential candidates, most notably Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry. He covers the influence of thinkers such as Francis Schaeffer and Rousas John Rushdoony and how their thought has influenced others, as well as how their thinking has been misrepresented in the popular media. We also reflect on the proper role of religion in the public square.
To listen to the podcast, you can either access it through iTunes or click on the following link: "Douglas Baker on Dominionism, Michele Bachmann, & Rick Perry."

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