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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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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)

Monday, February 09, 2015

Kingdom: The Word Most Misused By Christians Today

Cover ArtBen Witherington is reviewing Scot McKnight's new book, Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church. Ben writes,

Scot McKnight is fed up, and with good reason. He is tired of terms like kingdom and church being bandied about and slapped as a label onto any good or worthwhile thing or causes whether or not there is any Biblical justification for doing so. Here's the Amazon summary of what’s going on in his book Kingdom Conspiracy which came out last year:

"According to Scot McKnight, 'kingdom' is the biblical term most misused by Christians today. It has taken on meanings that are completely at odds with what the Bible says. 'Kingdom' has become a buzzword for both social justice and redemption so that it has lost its connection with Israel and with the church as a local church."

If we want to get down to brass tacks, Scot says on the last page of his book (p. 255) "Kingdom Conspiracy attempts to reconstruct a kingdom theology rooted in church, and not the public sector."
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Part 1 of Ben's review can be read here.

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