The following is from an anonymous political article titled “The Retribution for Evangelicals Who Sold Their Souls to Trump Is Coming” posted on Alternet:
Trump is arguably the logical culmination of some strains of right-wing evangelical Christianity in America, from the political theology of dominionism to the hermeneutics of presuppositional apologetics, dogmas which see no inconsistency to rendering all to a Caesar whom they have declared to be a Christ. We may have yet to see the arrival in the United States of a type of powerful, theocratic, fascistic Protestant Falangism enabled by the opportunism of a Trump, and which makes the traditional Christian Right look positively liberal.
The person who wrote the article uses words like “dominionism,” “presuppositional apologetics,” and “theocratic.”
I’m familiar with all three terms. It’s unusual that someone would insert the phrase “presuppositional apologetics” in a discussion about politics. I don’t often see the phrase used by hard-core Leftists. It looks like the author found the terms on a website somewhere and added them to the article to give the impression that he or she is well informed on what’s taking place in Evangelicalism.
Presuppostionalism is an inescapable concept. Atheists are presuppositionalism. Consider, for example, Richard Dawkins:
In the universe of blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, and other people are going to get lucky; and you won’t find any rhyme or reason to it, nor any justice. The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is at the bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good. Nothing but blind pitiless indifference. DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is, and we dance to its music.1
Following Dawkins’ type of atheistic presuppositionalism, we get the following logical outcome:
It’s obvious, however, that the author of the Alternet article is misinformed if he or she believes that someone who believes in dominionism from a Christian perspective and promotes a presuppositional apologetic methodology over against Evidentialism and Classical apologetics would in any way work for “rendering all to a Caesar” and declaring the State “to be a Christ.”
Dominion theology advocates believe in limited government at all levels, from the Federal to the county level. I wrote a book on the subject titled God and Government: A Biblical, Historical, and Constitutional Study. Joel McDurmon, who also believes in the biblical view of dominion, has written Restoring America One County at a Time. Advocates of dominionism from a Christian perspective focus on localism not nationalism, self-government under God, not the civil government that dispenses with the individual (“it takes a village”) and where the State, to use Hegel’s phrase, is “the march of God in the world.”
A Christian dominionist would never advocate for rendering all to a Caesar. The person who wrote the article is either lying or misinformed or both.