The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective

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Crossway, 2004 - Religion - 320 pages

In this scholarly work, Russell D. Moore relates the history leading up to the new “Kingdom” consensus among evangelicals from the time theologian Carl F. H. Henry called for it fifty years ago. He examines how this consensus offers a renewed theological foundation for evangelical engagement in the social and political realms.

While evangelical scholars and pastors will be interested in this sharp, insightful book, all evangelicals interested in public policy will find it useful in discovering how this new Kingdom perspective works out in the public square.

“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, 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, Associate Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“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 and Senior Associate Dean, School of 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 Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary

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About the author (2004)

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 Christ, Adopted for Life, and Tempted and Tried, and he blogs regularly at He and his wife, Maria, have four sons.

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