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Christian Reconstructionism and the Austrian School of Economics

  • Michael J. McVicar
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Part of the Archival Insights into the Evolution of Economics book series (AIEE)

Abstract

This chapter traces the relationship between the Austrian School of Economics and the little-known, but highly influential American theological and political movement called Christian Reconstructionism. Through biographical sketches of Christian Reconstruction pioneers Rousas John Rushdoony and Gary North, the chapter explores how the small-government, libertarian ethos of the Austrian School helped shape the anti-statist theological agenda of one of the primary intellectual engines behind the rise of the Religious Right in the United States. The chapter outlines how Austrian thinkers such as Hayek, Mises, Rothbard, and Sennholz contributed to a unique strain of political Christianity in the United States and, in turn, highlights how conservative Protestant ideas regarding economics and social organization helped shape the popular reception of the Austrian School in American culture.

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  • Michael J. McVicar
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  1. 1.Department of ReligionFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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