Thursday, November 03, 2011

What is the Kingdom of God?

According to Google image search, it has something to do with the someplace other than earth or where we now stand (images of heaven, the sky, ladders to heaven, bridges to somewhere else) or potential harvests or yields (fields with ripe grain, fishermen casting nets). Virtually no pictures come up in the top hits protraying earthly acts of mercy or the exercise of cultural formative power.


At 9:19 PM, Blogger Margaret said...

And why do you think that is?

At 8:19 AM, Blogger Paul Otto said...

I think this is because the otherworldly tradition in Christianity that has its roots in the Medieval nature-grace divide and the Evangelical mind-heart divide tends to predominate, especially in North American Christianity. A Christian worldview that appreciates the creation order and integrates the Old and New Testaments have some influence, but do not generally get much traction among most Christians (or among non and nominal Christians whose caricature of Christianity is one of an otherworldly religion).


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