A 1689 Baptist Perspective: Confessionalism and Theonomy

By Justin Perdue | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

Confessional Baptist theology disputes theonomy in three areas.

What Is a Greater Grief: A Compromised Church or a Compromised Nation?

By Jeremy Walker | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

Which more afflicts the heart of God’s people—a morally declining country or a spiritually diseased congregation?

John Gill on Theonomy

By Ian Hugh Clary | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

Baptists who care about the integrity of their own tradition would do well to leave theonomy to the side and embrace the thinking of theologians like Gill whose thought well-represented the best of both Reformed and Baptist theology.

Theonomy: Serious Theology, Serious Politics, Seriously Wrong

By Al Mohler | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

Theonomy risks conflating the identity of the church and civil society as a matter of law and polity.

A Presbyterian Perspective: The Intellectual and Sociological Origins of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement

By Ligon Duncan | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

It is not our primary purpose here to provide analysis, but to describe and define, and to supply a preliminary sketch of the theoretical and environmental origins of the Christian Reconstructionist movement.

Theonomy and Sharia Law

By Matthew Bennett | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

Christian theonomy poses some of the same dangers as an Islamic state.

International Pastors on Culture War—Why or Why Not?

By Benny, J. Lithell, J. Manley, S. Masters | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

9Marks asked several pastors outside of the U.S. to answer this question: in your context, do you think of yourself as a culture warrior?

Against Religious Establishment in Baptist Political Theology

By Nathan A. Finn | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

From the beginning of the Baptist movement in the seventeenth century, the vast majority of Baptists have rejected religious establishments as a threat to flourishing faith.

“God Is (Not) an Englishman . . .”

By Jamie Southcombe | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

We should never confuse God’s kindness to our home nation with the idea that nationality is his primary interest.

Utopian Seductions

By Matthew Arbo | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

Nationalist sentiment has come and gone, each time a different flavor, perhaps, but always the same recognizable brand.

Is It Possible to Be a Baptist Christian Nationalist?

By Matthew Y. Emerson | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

Is Christian Nationalism compatible with historic Baptist distinctives—with credobaptist, congregational convictions?

Baptist Covenant Theology: A Pastor’s Best Defense Against Theonomy

By Jeff Wiesner | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

In the face of today’s so-called „culture war,“ Theonomy and Reconstruction teachers often take bold stands on social issues that attract anxious evangelicals. How can pastors guide and guard their sheep from possible error?

To Study History, Exercise Virtue

By John D. Wilsey | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

Virtues help us to guard against the extreme vices of nostalgia and cynicism in our historical thinking as we come to grips with what it means to be an American.

Theonomy Primer: What Is It and How Does It Work?

By Tom Hicks | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

Theonomy has a view of the gospel and of the church’s mission that goes beyond preaching Christ and him crucified and risen for the conversion of sinners and the building up of churches.

Culture Warriors: The Good and the Bad

By Michael Horton | 9Marks Journal: A New Christian Authoritarianism? | 04.28.2023

The witness of the early church exposes us to a sort of culture warrior, but one who contrasts rather sharply from what’s usually meant by that term today.