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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The First Book in the Areopagus Critical Christian Issues Series

Here is the first book in the Areopagus Critical Christian Issues Series that I am co-editing. Christian Archy is written by my co-editor, David Alan Black. It is a must read. If you want to be challenged, then this is the book for you. If you don't like being challenged then this book is definitely for you.

What is the Kingdom of God? What does it mean to be part of the kingdom? These are questions that should occupy the mind of every Christian. But we frequently shy away from the full meaning of God's rule.

In Christian Archy, Dr. David Alan Black examines the New Testament to find the truly radical and all-encompassing claims of God's kingdom. In doing so, he discovers that the character of this kingdom is widely different from what is commonly contemplated today. Its glory is revealed only through suffering a point that Jesus' disciples, then and now, have been slow to understand. This truth has tremendous implications for church life. The kingdom of God is in no way imperialistic. It has no political ambitions. It conquers not by force but by love. It is this humble characteristic of the kingdom that is a stumbling block to so many today. Christ's claim to our total allegiance is one we seek to avoid at all costs. But there is only one way to victory and peace, and that is the way of the Lamb.

1 comment:

Ted M. Gossard said...

Sounds very good, Allan.

I struggle with both the knowledge that while the kingdom of God in Jesus is not from this world, and therefore not of it I would say, that by that kingdom we're not as Christians to have any impact in direct ways politically. I think a major danger comes when we think we can boil it down to one entity as for example the Republican or Democratic Party, or start some new party. I don't know. Just wrestling a little on it.