From Church to Kingdom

Johnston McKay

in The Kirk and the Kingdom

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780748644735
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676705 | DOI:
From Church to Kingdom

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If the Presbyterian churches were to develop a social theology that was capable of contributing to the urban crisis, they had to find a different model that would enable them to become engaged with social issues. It was provided for them by a young minister in Aberdeen, Robert Flint, who published Christ's Kingdom upon Earth in 1860, and who crucially argued that the Kingdom of God is advanced not only by the Church but by secular agencies and individuals who may not acknowledge a religious motive. The paradigm shift in the Church's thinking about its role in social reform which Flint brought about is illustrated through an examination and critique of Flint's view of the Kingdom which remained unaltered until his death in 1911, and its originality is compared to contemporary expressions of social theology.

Keywords: Robert Flint; Kingdom of God; Development; Secular Agencies

Chapter.  7691 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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