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How common is "dominionism" among American Christians?

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Dominionism is “a group of Christian political ideologies that seek to institute a nation governed by Christians based on their understandings of biblical law.”

Essentially, theocracy.

How common is this view among American Christians? Is it the eventual goal for the United States in your church or among Christians in your area? Is it your goal, as a Christian?

As with any question I ask about religion, please refrain from posting anti-religious snark.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

In October and early November, I had several FB friends posted parts of their Christian pastors’ sermons about “a vote for Trump is a vote for Christian values.”

filmfann's avatar

@Tropical_Willie ha ha ha ha. Let’s vote for the serial liar and cheater rather than the Catholic.

@ragingloli Horseshit. I don’t know anyone who thinks that way. And I know a lot of Christians.

When JFK ran for president, many civic leaders said they were afraid the Pope would dictate to Kennedy. Harry Truman, who didn’t like JFK’s father, famously said: “I’m not afraid of the Pope, I’m afraid of the Pop!”

ragingloli's avatar

@filmfann
If you have problem with the poll results, take it up with those who participated in it.

kritiper's avatar

Probably a lot more common, it seems, to the ultra conservative Trumpers, AKA, the Tea Party members, who handily now call themselves “The (American) Conservative Party.”

filmfann's avatar

@ragingloli polls are a good representation of what people who take those polls think.
If you take a poll on FOX, you’re not going to get a balanced opinion.

elbanditoroso's avatar

It’s probably more common than the numbers show- how many people being polled will answer honestly?

There’s probably a difference from the broad question “should Bible influence government?” and the more extreme “should bible influence every daily function that anyone does?” which I think is more Iranian in scope.

Dominionism is appealing to people in the dominating population group. It sort of sucks for atheists, agnostics, Jews, Muslims, Hindu, and a host of other beliefs. Which, come to think of it, is why we have freedom of religion in this country – at least for now.

My worry is that the Supreme Court is slowly but surely blurring the lines.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Short answer is no. Jesus is all about choice.

kritiper's avatar

The really bad thing about Dominionism, is that, if it REALLY got out of hand, the government would put you to death for not believing. (As in what Henry VIII did to Sir Thomas Moore.) And that isn’t about choice. (And that is probably why our forefathers wanted a separation of church and state, IMO.)

elbanditoroso's avatar

@KNOWITALL I think there’s a disparity of the teachings of Jesus and the way that many (not all) followers of Jesus act.

You may be 100% right that Jesus taught choice and judgment, but it’s pretty clear that some Christians are coercive and domineering in their faith.

Please don’t think that I’m picking on Christianity. My own religion – Judaism – has a wide gulf between the teachings of the Torah and the Talmud, and the way that some of the nuttier and more conservative adherents act.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@elbanditoroso No I agree. Every movement is hijacked or twisted, very true.
Some people still believe all Muslims are terrorists but what can you do.
I haven’t invited one jelly to church in all my years here so there ya go! :D

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