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The Kingdom Anticipated: The Church and Eschatology

Mostert, Christiaan (2011) The Kingdom Anticipated: The Church and Eschatology. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 13. pp. 25-37. ISSN 1463-1652

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The idea that the church is an eschatological community, closely connected to the kingdom or reign of God, has not been prominent in ecclesiology. This article argues that the early Christian community understood its own existence in eschatological terms, as the ‘vestibule’ of God's reign (Bultmann). With the help of the concept of ‘anticipation’, it is argued that the church is an anticipatory sign of the kingdom, but that the relation between them requires nuanced statement. Central among the ways in which the church's eschatological character is instantiated is the Eucharist. However, such a view of the church also has pastoral, missiological and political implications.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Church, Eschatology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Experimental Development
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2014 05:39
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2014 04:03
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1390

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