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Another Two Kingdoms Critique

Back in February, the Reformed magazine Christian Renewal printed an article by Peter Escalante and myself which summarized our critique of the neo-“two kingdoms” theology popularized by certain theologians associated with Westminster Seminary in California and others in the OPC, PCA, and other Reformed denominations. As in so much of our writings on this topic, we explained that there was a two kingdoms theology among the original Reformers, but that it was very different, identifying the spiritual kingdom of Christ not with the visible and institutional church but rather the invisible church. The temporal kingdom included family, state, and the visible and temporal aspects of the church, particularly its institutional laws. That essay is now available online here. It is probably most accessible single installment from us on this topic.

The essay is basically a highly compacted version of our long two-part essay: John Calvin and the Two Kingdoms- Part 1 and Part 2.

By Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.