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The Kirk and the KingdomA Century of Tension in Scottish Social Theology 1830–1929$
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Johnston McKay

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748644735

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748644735.001.0001

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From Church to Kingdom

From Church to Kingdom

Robert Flint's New Model for the Church's Engagement with Society

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The Kirk and the Kingdom

Johnston McKay

Edinburgh University Press

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

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