January 23, 2007
Because the evangelical political movement has had so much influence on this administration’s policies, both domestic and foreign, and because the leaders of this movement are still actively planning how to more firmly establish their policies in our government currently, this thread will examine the movement and its significance.
Dominionism is a trend in Protestant Christian evangelicalism and fundamentalism, primarily, though not exclusively, in the United States, that seeks to establish specific political policies based on religious beliefs.
It is most often used to describe politically active conservative Christians with a specific agenda. The term is rarely used as a self-description; many feel it is a loaded or pejorative term, and use of the term is primarily limited to critics of the Christian Right.
The term emerged in relation to the Christian Right in the mid-1990s, but became more widely known due in large part to the U.S. presidential election, 2004 where the media attributed Republican wins to Evangelical voters in Red states who voted for “moral values”. A number of authors, among them Andrew Sullivan, use the terms Christianism or Christianist in place of Dominionism in an attempt to “take back the word Christian (from) the religious right.”
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