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What is Christian Reconstruction?

Mark R. Rushdoony
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In this brief discussion, Chalcedon president, Mark Rushdoony, defines the meaning of Christian Reconstruction as well as it's goals and aspirations. So many conspiracy theories abound in regards to dominionism, theonomy, and Christian Reconstruction, and that has a great deal to do with the fact that the meaning has been misconstrued by the numerous advocates claiming to speak for it. Since the modern expression of the reconstructionist ideas began with R. J. Rushdoony and Chalcedon, we feel it is our responsibility to clarify the meaning and the mission.

  • Christian Reconstruction is a worldview not an agenda.
  • Christian Reconstruction helps the Christian to relate their faith to their culture.
  • We are witnessing the failure of humanistic culture.
  • Christian Reconstruction seeks to rebuild failing ideas by basing them on the revealed will of God in Scripture.
  • Christian Reconstruction begins with ourselves and works progressively outward to life and culture.
  • Christian Reconstruction is simply faithfulness to God in every area of life and thought.

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Mark R. Rushdoony
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Mark R. Rushdoony graduated from Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master’s College) with a B.A. in history in 1975 and was ordained to the ministry in 1995.

He taught junior and senior high classes in history, Bible, civics and economics at a Christian school in Virginia for three years before joining the staff of Chalcedon in 1978. He was the Director of Chalcedon Christian School for 14 years while teaching full time. He also helped tutor all of his children through high school.

In 1998, he became the President of Chalcedon and Ross House Books, and, more recently another publishing arm, Storehouse Press. Chalcedon and its subsidiaries publish many titles plus CDs, mp3s, and an extensive online archive at His biography of his father will be published later this year (2024).

He has written scores of articles for Chalcedon’s publications, both the Chalcedon Report and Faith for all of Life. He was a contributing author to The Great Christian Revolution (1991). He has spoken at numerous conferences and churches in the U.S. and abroad.

Mark Rushdoony has lived in Vallecito, California, since 1978.  His wife, Darlene, and he have been married since 1976. His youngest son still resides with him. He has three married children and nine grandchildren.

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