Reclaiming the "Kingdom of Heaven": the preacher as theological change agent

Full Title
Reclaiming the "Kingdom of Heaven": the preacher as theological change agent
Author
Phillip R Stout
Abstract
Popularized end-times teachings present a theology of pessimism and destruction that is at odds with historic Christianity. This distorted eschatology considers the work for peace and justice to be irrelevant and outside the sphere of concern for Christians. In order to reclaim passion for social justice, we must redefine, reclaim and recapture the "kingdom of heaven." To make this paradigm shift, which is theological and hermeneutical in nature, the preacher does not try to dismantle an existing belief system. Rather, he or she offers an alternative narrative, inviting people into ongoing dialogue in the shared life of the congregation.
Degree Granting Institution
Advisor
Gennifer Benjamin Brooks
Language
English
Date
2011
Number of Pages
87