February 28, 2015 Editor

Christian Zionism

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WN: This was done for a new book by Ron Dart, Canadian Christian Zionism: A Tangled Tale. Of it:

There has been considerable research and writing done on English, American, and German Christian Zionism, but there is a paucity of serious and substantive writing and research on Canadian Christian Zionism. This prier of sorts on Canadian Christian Zionism touches on the 19th-century origins, 20th-century development, and 21st-century expressions of Canadian Christian Zionism. Canadian Christian Zionism: A Tangled Tale also reflects on the relationship between Canadian Christian Zionism, politics, the Canadian Conservative Party, and the impact on the Palestinians.

An excerpt:

“Christian Zionism” like “Christian Violence” is an oxymoron. Both insights were “coming-of-age” insights over against the quintessential fundamentalism, (historian Ernest R. Sandeen’s claim in The Roots of Fundamentalism: British and American Millenarianism, 1800-1930, (Sandeen, 1970/2008) ) of my Plymouth Brethren (PB) upbringing. Dispensationalist millenarianism was a PB invention in fact by early PB John Nelson Darby, an apocalyptic Johnny-come-lately in Christian history, though with antecedents. The teaching spread like wildfire along many sawdust trails and otherwise of 19th to 21st century Evangelical worldwide evangelistic and missionary expansionism.

The opportunism of this eschatology “was an effective evangelistic tool of terror to scare people into making decisions for Christ and to stimulate believers to ‘witness for Christ’ to add stars to their heavenly crowns before it was everlastingly too late (Wilson, 1977, p. 218).” Wilson further declared, “It is not likely that the situation will change greatly (ibid, p. 228).” The massive sales alone of the Left Behind series by Timothy LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins show this to be enormous understatement almost 40 years later.

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Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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