28) God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”-- Genesis 1:28
Who knew such simple allegorical words, would be taken to such simpleton one-dimensional extremes ...
Whoever wrote those words, was probably more worried about lunch. Turkey sandwich, anyone?
Expect more Christian dominionism talk from Santorum, warns Mike Papantonio.
by God Discussion Reporter -- Feb 21, 2012
Mike Papantonio expects to hear more Christian dominionist talk from Rick Santorum.
"Santorum really has become the Republican version of the American Taliban," Papantonio said. He compared Santorum's version of Christianity, which condemns President Obama's version of Christianity, with the Sunni killings of Shiite Muslims who they perceive to be reading the Koran wrong. "The fundamentalist oddballs that Santorum is talking to with this brainless biblical babble are the dominionists; they're fundamentalists. And unfortunately, Ed, there's six national television networks that are dominionist in the country, 2,000 religious radio stations. So when he's talking about things like Hitler, and he's talking about things like our president not being the right kind of Christian, that's who he's talking to -- 70 million evangelicals in this country, 200,000 evangelical churches."
Papantonio characterized Santorum's rhetoric as "dog whistle talk," saying that it gets evangelicals all riled up. People who are not evangelicals might not understand the implications of what Santorum says. "You're going to hear this kind of talk increase," he speculated, noting that there are 70 million evangelicals in America.
70 million eh? How many people voted in the last election anyways? Around 150 Million maybe?
"undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, and a law degree degree from the Dickinson School of Law"
What is Dominionism anyways? It almost sounds like some sort of cult. Funny, according to many theology experts, it almost is.
Christian Dominionism 101
by Leah L Burton, godsownparty -- March 13, 2010
Defined in its simplest form it is a theocratic approach to Christian faith and practice based on a literalistic interpretation of the Dominion Mandate given to man by God in the Book of Genesis and based on Chapter 1:26-27 that at Creation, the chosen are to “subdue” the earth and “rule over” it and all its creatures.
The goal of Christian Dominionism is to abolish Separation of Church and State and to establish the United States as a distinctively Christian Nation based upon Old Testament Mosaic Law.
Dominionism, also known as “Reconstructionism,” [...] and has been thoroughly delineated by R.J. Rushdoony in his "Institutes of Biblical Law" [... among others.]
The danger of Christian Dominionism is in its stealth influence of dogmatic, fundamentalism on mainstream Christianity. While few Christians can articulate the principles of Reconstrucionism, the majority have been seduced by the mindset; they unwittingly embrace the Dominionist platform and parrot its political ideologies.
So Reconstruction Dominionist want to wring out the New, and usher in the Old? (Testaments, that is)
It would seem so. Everything Old is New again ...
The Institutes of Biblical Law
The Institutes of Biblical Law expounds the Ten Commandments, adopting a theonomic perspective. John Frame notes that the major thesis of the book is that "almost all of the Old Testament civil law is literally normative for civil governments today."
The Institutes of Biblical Law is a major work in Christian Reconstructionism.
So according to the prime directive of the Reconstruction Dominionists, if it was good enough for the Old Testament "rules for living" ... it's good enough for modern society.
Everything Old is New again ... Thunder bolts, earthquakes, famine, swarms of locust, endless wrath -- you know the good old days ...
But didn't Jesus say: "And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Hmmm? Some freedom:
Theocratic Dominionism Gains Influence
by Frederick Clarkson, Christian Reconstructionism -- March/June 1994
What is Reconstructionism?
Reconstructionism is a theology that arose out of conservative Presbyterianism (Reformed and Orthodox), which proposes that contemporary application of the laws of Old Testament Israel, or "Biblical Law," is the basis for reconstructing society toward the Kingdom of God on earth.
Reconstructionism argues that the Bible is to be the governing text for all areas of life -- such as government, education, law, and the arts, not merely "social" or "moral" issues like pornography, homosexuality, and abortion. Reconstructionists have formulated a "Biblical world view" and "Biblical principles" by which to examine contemporary matters. Reconstructionist theologian David Chilton succinctly describes this view: "The Christian goal for the world is the universal development of Biblical theocratic republics, in which every area of life is redeemed and placed under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the rule of God's law."
More broadly, Reconstructionists believe that there are three main areas of governance: family government, church government, and civil government. Under God's covenant, the nuclear family is the basic unit. The husband is the head of the family, and wife and children are "in submission" to him. In turn, the husband "submits" to Jesus and to God's laws as detailed in the Old Testament. The church has its own ecclesiastical structure and governance. Civil government exists to implement God's laws. All three institutions are under Biblical Law, the implementation of which is called "theonomy."
What's with all this "God Talk" anyways, in this year's early campaign season? It couldn't have anything to do with pandering, could it?
Because as some pundits have noted, if the candidates were really serious about practicing their religion ... they just might try looking in the mirror ...
Chris Matthews -- Feb 23, 2012
Hardball -- Let me finish
[... Chris Matthews: ]
Santorum called this concern for a healthy planet as being a religion that puts the earth "above man." I suppose he's talking about the concern scientists and most thinking people have with climate change and what we are doing to affect it. Anyway, it's all "phony," he says, this serious concern about what we're doing to the earth, all part of a "phony theology."
So I wonder who else believes in this "phony theology" Santorum derides from his electoral pulpit. [...]"Environmental protection and the connection between fighting poverty and fighting climate change are important areas for the promotion of integral human development. For this reason, I hope that, pursuant to the seventeenth session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change recently concluded in Durban, the international community will prepare for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development as an authentic "family of nations" and thus with a great sense of solidarity and toward present and future generations."[...] Who is this person dabbling in what Rick Santorum calls "phony theology?
It's Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Your church.
So where does Santorum get "his" theology on climate change and other environmental concerns. Where does he get this odd language of Christians have "dominion" over the earth? Could he be getting it from the faction known as "dominionists," who also believe that Christians should control civil society as well as their church? Could an American politician really be talking theocracy -- control over the state by a religion?
Keep your ears open. This is getting interesting.
... because if the candidates were really serious about practicing their religion ... they'd be doing a lot less accusing and "domineering" -- and a lot more listening, and perhaps some reflective reading too.
Rick Santorum would be wise to remember:
"Let he who is without sin among you, cast the first stone ..."
Oh wait scratch that -- since Dominionists want to take us back to the O.T. -- well cast away then! All bets are off.
Shhh! Just don't let anyone know though. Not until they get elected anyways, since that is God's will. Just like Rick has told us so ... those who speak his "secret coded language," that is.