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"Russell Moore has, through a careful evaluation of the contribution of Carl F. H. Henry and others, provided a unique insight for evangelicals attempting to grasp and apply what it means to be a Kingdom Christian. Dr. Moore is one of the brightest minds working today in the arena of the relationship of Christ and the church and their relationship to the culture. Every serious Christian will profit through the reading of this book."
Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

"For far too long, evangelicals have waited for a serious study of the Kingdom of God and its political application. That book has now arrived, and The Kingdom of Christ will redefine the conversation about evangelicalism and politics. Russell Moore combines stellar historical and theological research with a keen understanding of cultural and political realities. This is a landmark book by one of evangelicalism's finest minds."
R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"A faithful heir of Carl F. H. Henry, Russell Moore not only reasserts a coherent Kingdom consensus around which evangelicals can gravitate, he also shows us a way forward in strength and unity. Anyone who cares about the future of evangelicalism will read this volume with both great interest and care."
C. Ben Mitchell, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs and Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University

"Russell D. Moore's The Kingdom of Christ is an enlightening account of the merging theological vision of recent dispensational and covenant theologies and a stirring call for a unified evangelical social engagement. . . . Here, theological inquiry and evangelical social activism meet in a riveting account of where we've been and where we now are in evangelicalism. . . . Moore's accomplishment is nothing short of remarkable; his writing is as clear and engaging as it is profound."
Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Moore's book challenges all evangelicals to find common agreement on one basis for political and social involvement: the Kingdom of God is already here but it is not yet fully here. Therefore it is right to seek to advance its influence in all areas of life, including government and society, but with the realization that these activities are never enough apart from primary focus on Christ as King. This is an informative, thought-provoking, and refreshing study that will have perspective-modifying implications for the way Christians understand their role in the world in this present age."
Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

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Russell D. Moore is the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. A widely-sought commentator, Dr. Moore has been called "vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate" by the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including The Kingdom of ChristAdopted for Life, and Tempted and Tried, and he blogs regularly at He and his wife, Maria, have four sons.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (October 18, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581346271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581346275
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #518,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Russell D. Moore is the dean of the School of Theology and senior vice-president for academic administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The grandson of a Mississippi Baptist preacher, Dr. Moore also serves as a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church, where he ministers weekly at the congregation's Fegenbush location.

Dr. Moore writes and speaks frequently on topics ranging from the kingdom of God to the mission of adoption to a theology of country music. He is a senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, and also blogs regularly at Moore to the Point ( He is the author of several books, including "The Kingdom of Christ," "Adopted for Life," and most recently of "Tempted and Tried." Dr. Moore and his wife, Maria, have four sons.

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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Bill Newcomer on April 21, 2005
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Over the last 60 years Evangelical theology has not been static. Russell D.Moore's "The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective" traces the development of a growing Evangelical consensus regarding the "already" and "not yet" perspective of the Kingdom of God as reflected in both the modified covenant theology of Hoekema's "The Bible and The Future" and Blaising and Bock's "Progressive Dispensationalism". This book is not for the faint hearted. The extended footnotes and bibliography take up over one third of its three hundred and twenty pages.

Moore gives a valuable historical picture of development of the Kingdom aspect of Evangelical theology since the end of World War II, beginning with the concerns of Carl F.Henry and George Ladd. He shows how the differing views of the Kingdom held by traditional Dispensationalism on the one hand, and traditional Covenantal theology on the other, contributed to an Evangelical lethargy regarding engagement specifically in the political arena. This is set in the historical context of the Fundamentalist reaction to liberal theology that replaced the Gospel with a truncated "social gospel" that effectively denied individual redemption.

As theologians from both sides of Evangelicalism wrestled with the meaning of the "already" and the "not yet" perspective of the Kingdom, a consensus began to emerge regarding the Kingdom. Positive aspects from both sides of the Evangelical debate over the Kingdom came to be embraced in a consensus regarding the nature and cosmic scope of the Kingdom in its inaugural form in the New Covenant as well as its consummation in the New Heavens and the New Earth.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jacob on July 7, 2007
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Carl Henry launched an Evangelical Renaissance and gave intellectual credibility for Evangelical social endeavors. Russell Moore continues that legacy.

Moore argues that Evangelicalism, for having all the right theology, has failed to put that into practice (Here he is following Carl Henry's *Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism*). He critiques both Reformed and Dispensational thinkers (the reviewer is Reformed). Moore argues for the Kingdom of Christ as a legitimate fulcrum for making social and political moves without losing the need for personal regeneration. Dispensational thinkers, argues Moore, make kingdom preaching irrelevant because it preaches an earthly, future kingdom which has no relevance to the Church. Covenant theologians, on the other hand, preach a kingdom that is *now* but when pressed, end up with a spiritual, heavenly kingdom--which again has no relevance for the church.

Moore argues to the contrary that the Kingdom is now, has earthly ramifications, and presently finds its culmination in Christ. Kingdom language, for Moore, is warfare language. He follows much of Kuyper in arguing that Christ claims are binding on the whole order. He follows Ridderbos in positing a "cosmic" redemption. If sin is cosmic in its reach, so is redemption. Well said.

Criticisms and Personal Comments:
1. Moore comes from a premillennial background. He rightly critiques Amillennialism as being neo-platonic. His interpretation of Isaiah 65:20 ends most discussions of amillennialism. However, it is not clear how his interpretation of Isaiah 65:20 actually proves historical premillennialism and not postmillennialism?

2. He critiques theonomy when he should actually be critiquing Gary North.

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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Warren D. Dodson on May 30, 2005
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It would be difficult to overstate the importance of this book. Although evangelicals pray "Thy kingdom come" and affirm that Jesus "sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty," many have no clear notions about the nature of Jesus' kingdom or kingship. Are they present or future; do they refer to Israel or the church; how do they relate to salvation and Christian cultural and political engagement? Disconcertingly, evangelicals provide widely divergent answers to these fundamental questions. However, perhaps even more troubling are the large number of evangelicals who would respond to these questions by contending that they are not very important and have little to do with the gospel.

Dr. Moore shows that this theological confusion and apathy about the nature of Jesus' kingdom has had pervasive, negative effects on evangelical theology and cultural and political engagement. However, he recounts the work that God did during the second half of the twentith century to lead dispensational and covenant theologians to increasingly agree about the nature of Jesus' kingdom and the relationship between his kingdom and redemptive history, the doctrine of salvation, and the doctrine of the church. Dr. Moore also sets forth the biblical evidence in support of this emerging consensus. (I encourage readers to look up the citations; I found them to be powerful.) Having articulated the consensus position and the support therefor, he turns to show the promise that this new theological understanding holds for a fresh approach to evangelical cultural and political engagement.

This book is a timely and forceful antidote for a central weakness of evangelicalism. Although it describes a new consensus, it is careful to describe this as an "emerging consensus.
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