If there is one the thing the Christian Reconstruction movement has been exceptionally good at, it is producing a WEALTH of materials and information written to explain its position. I should say, positions. Christian Reconstructionism has evolved (fairly recently — 1960s-present) as an integration of several historic, orthodox biblical views and perspectives combined under a common (five-point) covenantal scheme. (See Ray Sutton’s That You May Prosper for more on the five-point covenantal model.) It is Reformed-Calvinistic biblical theology, postmillennial eschatology, pronomianism/theonomic ethics and presuppositional (Van Tillian) apologetics, applied to all areas of human endeavor and experience (It is not monolithic, though, by any means!)
Many of the books and monographs written have been readily available for some time now online FOR FREE, both as downloads and as books that are viewable without having to pay anything.
And THAT is what makes it almost inexcusable and unforgivable (as well as inexplicable) for Reconstructionism’s critics to continue year after year to make the same misinformed arguments, false accusations, gross misrepresentations and misinterpretations of Reconstructionist positions and theology.
So, in an effort to make it LESS inexcusable, inexplicable and unforgivable for folks to remain ignorant of the reams upon reams and volumes of material available both electronically and in print, of what has been said and written and taught over the years by the most prominent Christian Reconstructionists — including some who no longer associate themselves with the movement or wish to be called by that name but who nonetheless made significant, substantive and invaluable contributions to the corpus of literature — I am adding this page to make at least some of their materials more easily accessible and available to you who wish to take the time to read (or at least, thoughtfully skim over and get the gist of) them.
That of course means that the web page is and will continue to be for some time — to use an overly-used online and offline cliche — a “work in progress.” Which is fine because, after all, God’s kingdom on earth is also a work in progress!
I hope you find these selections to be helpful, encouraging, edifying, instructive,… and above all challenging to your current views and theological perspectives. Keep in mind, these are NOT infallible pronouncements or divinely-inspired declarations of non-rescindable truth spoken by untouchable “gurus!” They are the views and opinions expressed by learned, godly, Christ-and-Bible-loving Christian men–who are, in spite of all their knowledge and theological prowess, still fallen, imperfect and fallible men (who, by the way, did not always agree with each other–and still don’t!)
With all of that in mind,… enjoy the free library!
THE GREATNESS OF THE GREAT COMMISSION
By Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.
According to Dr. Gary North, if you want to know where to begin your in-depth, personal study of Christian Reconstruction, this is the book to start with.
The Greatness of the Great Commission by Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr..
Rather than launching into the pros and cons of this covenant-based, comprehensive biblical-theological worldview, The Greatness of the Great Commission focuses on the scriptural foundation for it. This book deals with “first things”: the biblical basis for a comprehensive, optimistic Gospel of individual and cultural salvation and the long-term progressive victory of the Christian faith and the Kingdom of God in time and on earth before the Lord’s return.
Making disciples of all nations, Dr. Gentry argues, hearkens back to the creation mandate given in Genesis. And, he says, our “millennial orientation” and eschatology have everything to do with how we understand and implement and fulfill this.
Download THE GREATNESS OF THE GREAT COMMISSION.
PARADISE RESTORED: A Biblical Theology of Dominion
by David Chilton
Chilton intended this book to be both a primer on how to read the Bible as well as how to accurately (i.e., faithfully) interpret the seemingly strange and sometimes obscure (to us) symbolism and imagery that the Bible uses. Chilton’s point is that the imagery is only strange to us because, (a), we’re not 1st-century readers, and, (b), we’re forgetting to “let Scripture interpret Scripture” in that we’re not letting the Old Testament inform our understanding of the New. His point is also that our eschatology — i.e., “expectation of the future” — also informs our understanding of the Bible. That is why he places so much importance on both at the same time in this book. Chilton sought to reclaim the “eschatology of victory” and the expectation of dominion that he says was the historic eschatological position of the church.
I wrote a brief review of Paradise Restored which you can read here.
There are two main differences between the free download edition (1985, fourth printing 1994) and the newer one. The 2007 edition includes a Foreword by Gary North along with the entire contents of the original book through the Index (which ends on page 318). The download edition, following the Index, contains an additional 20+ pages of supplemental material that included a Publisher’s Epilogue by Gary North, giving some historical (and theological) background that I think you’ll find interesting, as well as a brief introductory vignette of his old non-profit education ministry, ICE (Institute for Christian Economics). So the download (original) edition of the book ends up being longer–it ends on page 341. My advice? Buy the hardcover for durability (and markability) AND download the free edition. You’ll have the best of both worlds.
Download PARADISE RESTORED.
Go to American Vision to buy the newer, printed edition.
CHRISTIAN RECONSTRUCTION: WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT ISN’T
By Gary North and Gary DeMar
This is a good book to read as an antidote to the pandemic of inaccurate criticisms that have been foisted against Christian Reconstruction over the years. Written in 1991, it is still (20-plus years later) the best literary fly-over to survey the landscape and establish a concise, historical backdrop and theological foundation for the development and practical application of Reconstructionist biblical Christianity to all areas of life, including the advancement of Christ’s kingdom on earth.
I wrote a book review (partially completed!) in two parts, which you can read here:
You can also read customer reviews of the book on Amazon.
240 pages total.
THE INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW (vol. I)
By R. J. Rushdoony
I would be remiss if I didn’t place Rushdoony’s Institutes very high up on the list of MUST-READ books for someone who wishes to truly understand the biblical basis for theonomy and how God’s Law fits into and informs the overall theological and ethical framework of Christian Reconstruction.
This was the book that first introduced me to the basic tenets of Christian Reconstructionism. It is what pushed me once and for all out of the fog of fundamentalist dispensational premillennialism and into the clear sunlight of Calvinist covenantal postmillennialism.
The book is not available as a free download. But it is one of those you can read online for free — or you can purchase it new or used if you wish.
I wrote an article on Rushdoony’s Institutes of Biblical Law, which included an essay by Martin Selbrede. You can read that HERE.
Chalcedon Foundation makes the book available for viewing (as well as for purchase) on its website.
It is also viewable here:
***NEWLY ADDED!*** (APRIL 2015)
THE DAYS OF VENGEANCE
By David Chilton
But this isn’t just a book that purports to shed light on how to interpret the Book of Revelation. It is a book that purports to shed light on how to interpret all of Scripture.
That is because Chilton’s thesis is this: all of Scripture has some level of symbolism attached to it. Every word has an obvious meaning, but every word also has a not-so-obvious meaning.
And how do we determine the “not so obvious” meaning of these words?
By searching the Scriptures!
That is what Chilton does. He takes you through the Gospels, the Epistles, the Pentateuch, Psalms, Proverbs, the Prophets, etc., and draws from other noted biblical scholars, theologians and authorities to present biblical explanations for what the text of Revelation says.
This is a comprehensive work on what is probably the most misunderstood, misinterpreted and exegetically manhandled book of the Bible. It is worthy of close, thoughtful study–both Chilton’s book AND the Book of Revelation.
Click here to download (PDF): The Days of Vengeance
The book is also available in hard copy at: Amazon