At Chalcedon Foundation’s 40th anniversary, Mark Rushdoony defined with overwhelming clarity what is Christian Reconstruction. Here are a few quotes from that lecture:
Our culture has problems because it is based on the sinful will of men. Rebellion against God never works, so these problems will progress to a systemic failure. We believe in rebuilding our culture on the Word of God, starting with individuals and progressing outwardly to families, groups, institutions, communities, and beyond.
Christian Reconstruction challenges Pietism and its false, dualistic division of spiritual and material. Dualism sees the spiritual as opposed to the material, and the spiritual as a higher way, so it tries to escape into an “other-worldliness.” It sees spirituality as an escape from the earthly, mundane aspects of life. Christian Reconstruction, on the other hand, sees the term “spiritual” as a reference to the Spirit of God, who claims authority over every area of life and thought.