In this scholarly work, Russell D. Moore relates the history leading up to the new "Kingdom" consensus among evangelicals from the time theologian Carl F. H. Henry called for it fifty years ago. He examines how this consensus offers a renewed theological foundation for evangelical engagement in the social and political realms.While evangelical scholars and pastors will beIn this scholarly work, Russell D. Moore relates the history leading up to the new "Kingdom" consensus among evangelicals from the time theologian Carl F. H. Henry called for it fifty years ago. He examines how this consensus offers a renewed theological foundation for evangelical engagement in the social and political realms.While evangelical scholars and pastors will be interested in this sharp, insightful book, all evangelicals interested in public policy will find it useful in discovering how this new Kingdom perspective works out in the public square....
|Title||:||The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective|
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The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective Reviews
I asked a friend who's doing his PhD in Theology and Leadership if he new of any books he could recommend on evangelical Christian engagement in society and politics. He suggested this book, and I'm so glad he did.Moore focuses on theology and historical theological development over the last 100-150 years. Which, while be light on the socio-political engagement side at the end of each chapter, does the more important work of laying a sound theological basis for that engagement. Using Carl Henry's Uneasy Conscience from the mid-20th century as his basis, Moore examines the growing consensus between dispensational and reformed theology on the idea of the Kingdom of God - particularly framed in the idea of "already/but not yet". This principle of the Kingdom was something I first learned about in my undergrad at JBU, and is a significant concept for all evangelical Christians. Moore does a masterful job of highlighting the weakness of both traditional dispensationalism and Reformed theology and takes the reader through recent developments in both camps in their understanding of the Kingdom. Moore chooses three key areas in which the Kindgom of God as "already/but not yet" is having and should have significant impact on our theology: (1) eschatology (our understanding of the end times, and thus the implications for today), (2) soteriology (the role of Christ as savior of not only the individual, but of the whole cosmos) and (3) ecclesiology (the understanding of the Church as the community over which Christ reigns fully now, as a representation and light to the world of Christ's reign over all in the future).I found Moore's book both incredibly insightful and helpful. He does a masterful job of carrying the reader through the changing conversations and the danger zones for theology in areas of open theism, Biblical authority and the living God. The book has re-shaped my views on the celebration of communion - it is not just remembering Christ's death for me, but it is remembering Christ's death for the whole world. That in his death, he redeemed the cosmos. It has also helped me understand the role of the Church in the world, the significance of having a sound, encompassing theology to undergird our views (something, Moore argues, the Moral Majority lacks), etc. I've been reading this over the last few weeks as a devotional book and have looked forward to my 30 min or so every morning. One thing I enjoyed as well is how he pulled in other books I've been reading: Abraham Kuyper's work on a whole-life vision of Calvinism, J. Gresham Machen's work on Christianity & Liberalism, etc. Also I was raised in a dispensational home (my dad's a DTS grad) and then sat under mostly Reformed teachers in my undergrad, so I've been greatly blessed by both views - but have sometimes struggled to know how to reconcile them. Moore, a professor at a Southern Baptist seminary, has walked me through how to do that in these three KEY areas of theology.Word of warning, it is not an easy read. Even as a PhD student with a BA in Biblical & Theological Studies, it was a difficult read for me at times. But the patience and working through what Moore is talking about - even at times when the theological discussions seem a bit too much - is WELL worth it! It is a challenging read, but a great read for evangelical Christians. I highly recommend it!
At some point I hope to write a more complete review of this thoroughly interesting book by Russell Moore. It's very encouraging to see a premillenial author such as Moore coming to grips with the doctrines of the inaugurated kingship of Christ and the present validity of the dominion mandate, among others. Moore's perspective is lacking in some areas. Some of the remarks in this book are dismissive of Christian Reconstruction, and belie a merely casual acquaintance with its teachings. However, what I found very fascinating about this book is that it outlines the recent history of what is in reality a shift in the direction of Christian Reconstruction in the broader Reformed circles.
Needs more theonomic postmillenialism. Almost there, but still too much 2k premil. The cognitive dissonance is evident as there is much valuable the author contributes to the discussion of the Kingdom of God, and much common ground. But, I could not get over the fact that the author seemed to be avoiding certain logical conclusions... and blowing off theonomic postmillenialism without a fair treatment.
The Kingdom of Christ is a combination of historical and practical theology. For those who wish to understand what drives Russell Moore as he leads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), this is the book to read. As Moore evaluates modern (2004) evangelical trends toward a consensus theology on the Kingdom of God he also considers the implications for social and political engagement. Though this book is now over a decade old, those in the American evangelical world who would engage with their neighbors and their government will benefit greatly from its message.
I began reading The Kingdom of Christ (TKoC) about two years ago, and was throughly enjoying the book at the time, but for some reason (that I can no longer remember), I failed to finish it in its entirety. Currently however, I am in one of those modes where I 19m enthralled by reading, learning, and synthesizing, so I just finished rereading the entire book.The Kingdom of Christ is a deeply theological book that is not an easy read, but is well worth the endeavor. One of the reasons that this is a hard read is due to the length of the chapters. The entire book is only five chapters long, actually four chapters, because the fifth chapter is only a brief conclusion. The four main chapters are lengthy and technical, which makes reading individual chapters a little-at-a-time a bad idea because it 19s hard to reenter the flow of author 19s thought if your reading has paused for a significant amount of time. The book also assumes that its readers have a basic understanding of things like covenant theology, dispensational theology, the Kingdom of God, the social gospel, and the evangelical movement. These issues: the length of chapters, technicality of the language, and assumed pre-knowledge of the reader are the only real negatives of the book. And honestly these aren 19t negatives as much as they are just factors that narrow the book 19s audience. And let 19s be honest, not every book is for every person.In TKoC Moore does an unparalleled job of tracing the theological concept of the 1CKingdom of God 1D as it has evolved in both the dispensational and covenantal theological camps. In each chapter, Moore unpacks how 1CKingdom of God 1D theological construct has had profound implications on: eschatology, soteriology, and ecclesiology. In all of these theological areas, covenantal and dispensational camps have developed wider agreement due to a deeper understanding of Bible 19s teaching about the Kingdom of God. Moore 19s intent is to question the social and political ramifications of evangelical action within the public sphere based on this wider theological agreement. The book asserts that modern evangelicalism 19s discussion of social and political action began with the publication of Carl F. Henry 19s, The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism. In chapter one, Moore delves into Henry 19s writings, and then traces theological history to the current time. According to Moore 19s conclusion, though larger evangelicalism now agrees more wholeheartedly on 1CKingdom of God 1D theology, it now faces larger theological disagreements on perhaps even more primary issues such as epistemology, inerrancy, and the sovereignty of God. This is evidenced by the increasing influence of movements such as evangelical feminism and open theism.I walked away from TKoC with a much deeper understanding of covenantal theology, dispensational theology, the writings of Carl F. Henry, the Bible 19s teaching about the Kingdom of God, and the mission of the church in society. This book is profoundly relevant to the questions know being addressed by the modern church. In many ways, the emerging church movement is repeating the mistakes of the social gospel liberals of the 1960 19s. This is in part a reaction to the unhealthy politicization of Christianity by the Religious Right. Church leaders need to continually assess how to be the 1Ccity on the hill 1D that Jesus talked about in the Sermon on the Mount. TKoC is an important read in that assessment. Having read TKoC, I yearn for a practical book dealing with how churches can be salt and light in the public sphere, that takes into account Moore 19s research, but is geared to a larger audience. I would love to hear any suggestions about books of this nature.
Carl Henry launched an Evangelical Renaissance and gave intellectual credibility for Evangelical social endeavors. Russell Moore continues that legacy.Moore argues that Evangelicalism, for having all the right theology, has failed to put that into practice (Here he is following Carl Henry's *Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism*). He critiques both Reformed and Dispensational thinkers (the reviewer is Reformed). Moore argues for the Kingdom of Christ as a legitimate fulcrum for making social and political moves without losing the need for personal regeneration. Dispensational thinkers, argues Moore, make kingdom preaching irrelevant because it preaches an earthly, future kingdom which has no relevance to the Church. Covenant theologians, on the other hand, preach a kingdom that is *now* but when pressed, end up with a spiritual, heavenly kingdom--which again has no relevance for the church.Moore argues to the contrary that the Kingdom is now, has earthly ramifications, and presently finds its culmination in Christ. Kingdom language, for Moore, is warfare language. He follows much of Kuyper in arguing that Christ claims are binding on the whole order. He follows Ridderbos in positing a "cosmic" redemption. If sin is cosmic in its reach, so is redemption. Well said.Criticisms and Personal Comments:1. Moore comes from a premillennial background. He rightly critiques Amillennialism as being neo-platonic. His interpretation of Isaiah 65:20 ends most discussions of amillennialism. However, it is not clear how his interpretation of Isaiah 65:20 actually proves historical premillennialism and not postmillennialism?2. He critiques theonomy when he should actually be critiquing Gary North.3. The book is endnoted, not footnoted. The actual text is less than 200 pages. I read it in about a day.Conclusion:This book promises much and leaves the reader wrestling with tough issues. The current reviewer is excited that Southern Baptists are getting involved with "kingdom issues" in a way that does not denigrate either the gospel or modern culture. One hopes that many conservative Presbyterians will take note. Aside from a few doctrinal criticisms, the current reviewer recommends this book without qualifications.Edit: I change my above criticism. Moore cogently defends premil and thus I retract (1).
Moore's treatment of Evangelicalism in relation to the competing "Kingdom" models is thorough and helpful. Moore picks up where Carl Henry left in calling for greater cultural engagement, sans non-Christocentric models. He also presents helpful criticisms of the major eschatological models, noting how each can tend toward abandonment from the world on one hand, and over-engagement on the other.
Absolutely essential text if you wrestle with the purpose of the church, the definition of the Kingdom of God, and the role of christian engagement of politics. If you don't wrestle with those don't bother this is a heavy read