America is playing host, as we speak, to a virulant form of charismatic
Christianity called the New Apostolic Reformation. This Reformation, often
called the NAR, has sent its roots through the U.S. and expanded into other
nations on other continents as well. The NAR
believes, among other things,
that their leaders (often called Apostles or Prophets) are able to directly
communicate with God and perform miracles just like the apostles from the
These beliefs alone do not make the NAR that significantly different from
any other charismatic group or cult. However, the NAR has extensive
funding, organization, and political allies that most other smaller
charismatic churches do not have. These political aspirations are
set out in a theological extension, basically, of the NAR which is called
Seven Mountain Dominionism.
Seven Mountain Dominionism is the belief that society is constituted by
seven "mountains" or "pillars", and that they are: Government, Education,
Business, Religion, Family, Entertainment, and News Media. The NAR and
Dominionists all believe that in order to "turn the nation towards Christ",
they must maneuver their brand of Christian leaders to the top of
these "mountains" and, from the top down, restructure society itself into a
conservative Christian theocracy.
My talk with cover several topics:
1.) What is the New
Apostolic Reformation, and what do they believe?
2.) What is Seven Mountain Dominionism, and what do its adherents believe?
3.) Who are some key players and organizations with Dominionism/The New
4.) Where have Dominionists come close to winning real political victories?
5.) What are Dominionists allies and politicians doing in other parts of
6.) What threat does Dominionism present for American secularists here at
I'm a former Church of Christ preacher turned Atheist philosopher. My area of specialty is communications theory and ethical philosophy, and I'm researching the communicative problems that underlie problematic Atheist/Christian communicative efforts.
I feel I'm qualified to speak on the topic simply by virtue of the
amount of research I've done on it, and the relatively little that is known at large about the Dominionist movement. I've given this talk for SOMAA, SSA at UCM, and at Reasonfest.
As for my profession, I'm currently taking the summer off to conduct research and write philosophy. Starting in August, I'll be a teaching assistant for UCM's communication department, teaching public speaking while I finish writing my thesis.
(I asked Brandon if he slept with stuffed animals) And nope, no stuffed animals. Just one beautiful fiancee and four smelly cats.
We'll go to Blue Moose