Sunday, February 03, 2008

The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective
Russell D. Moore
Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL
(C) 2004
320 Pages

Author: Dean of the School of Theology and Senior VP for Academic Administration of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as Executive Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement.

Intention: To look at the Kingdom through the "prism of evangelical political action" in order to call evangelicals to "shape our identity by our convictions about the Kingdom of God in Christ" and to begin confronting the kingdoms of this world with the proclamation, Jesus is Lord.

Structure: After an introduction that clarifies the tone of and purpose for the book, there are four chapters and a conclusion.

Ch 1--An uneasy conscience in the naked public square: evangelical theology and evangelical engagement.
Ch 2--Toward a Kingdom eschatology: the Kingdom as already and not yet
Ch 3--Toward a Kingdom soteriology: Salvation as holistic and Christological
Ch 4--Toward a Kingdom ecclesiology: the Church as Kingdom community

A conclusion wraps up the work, discussing the promise and the failure of evangelical theology.

Resources: 83 pages of extensive end notes, bibliography, general index, and Scripture index.


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