English This article is intended as a brief introduction to the conservative and controversial movement
and theological position known as Christian Reconstructionism. Firstly, an outline of historical,
ideological and organizational developments is presented, and thereupon an analysis of its
theological structure ensues. This structure, it is explained, consists of three foundational elements,
namely presuppositionalism, postmillennialism, and theonomy. Presuppositionalism is an
apologetic position that aims to show the decisive importance of presuppositions in all thought
as well as to show that the correct starting point in fact is the acknowledgement of God’s authority.
Postmillennialist eschatology claims that the return of Jesus will only come about after
the establishment of the millennial period, hence premillennialists are wrong. Theonomy
holds that God’s law is still in effect and that it must be adhered to and applied in the reconstruction
of the godly society. Finally, the article closes with a discussion of the influence of
Reconstructionism. Here the arguments of Julie Ingersoll, Associate Professor of Religious
Studies at the University of North Florida, are presented and criticised.