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I. a deadly and/or necessary nation? ............ five II. Is There an idea of the dominion of God? . . . . .. . nine III. the advance of the idea that of a nation of God within the previous testomony ................... 15 IV. Is an Apolitical state of God attainable? ....... 21 V. The Vicissitudes of Theocracy in Israel ........... 27 VI. New testomony Conceptualization of Messianic achievement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 37 . . . . . . . . VII. Is another Messianic situation available? ................... . . . . . . .. . . forty three . VIII. Did Jesus make an enormous Mistake? ............. fifty one IX. The Dialectics of Christian Interpretation . . . . . .. . . fifty nine X. Hermeneutical Circle, or circulus vitiosus? ........ sixty seven XI. Political Milestones: 3 Romes, 3 Reichs, 3 Kingdoms, and a "Holy Roman ." seventy three E mplre ................................. . viii XII. Catholic Political Theology: The "Two towns" and "Two Swords," and past. . . . . . . . . .. . . eighty three . XIII. How noticeable can a "City of God" be? ......... one zero one XIV. Protestant Political Theology: past the "Two Kingdoms" and the "Two Regiments" . . . . .. . . 109 XV. Does Hegelian Political Theology have a destiny? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 119 . . . . . . . . . XVI. The Emergence of the Secular state of God ..................................... a hundred twenty five XVII. Secularization-a Boon to Mankind? ......... 137 XVIII. non secular adventure, Chosenness, and Political Expression ....................... one hundred forty five XIX. Does Democracy want Redefinition? .......... 157 XX. The Dialectics of Democracy ................. 169 XXI. Democracy and the dominion of God . . . . . . .. . . 183 XXII. Are Church and country "Mutually Conducive"? .. 195 XXIII. international Federalism and Ecumenical Christianity 205 end . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 221 . . . . . . . . . . BIBLIOGRAPHY. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . 225 . . . . . . .

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The kingdom of God transcends the historical order. God will suddenly put an end to the world and to history, and He will bring in a new world, the world of eternal blessedness. -Rudolph Bultmann, Jesus Christ and Mythology The Kingdom-Future: Jesus never means by "kingdom" God's continual rule over Israel and the world, but always the future rule at the consummation of the world. -Hans KOng, On Being a Christian The Kingdom-Present: While Jesus employed the traditional symbolism of apocalypse to indicate the "otherworldly" or absolute character of the Kingdom of God, He used parables to enforce and illustrate the idea that the Kingdom of God had come upon men there and then....

It contrasts sharply with the Nirvana of Buddhism, with Samahdi in Hinduism, with the Tao of the Chinese religious tradition. But the positive content of the idea of the "kingdom of God" is not easily arrived at. For example, from the context in which Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God, one could not be certain which of the three interpretations of the kingdom prevailing at the end of the Old Testament eral was actually favored by Jesus: One might surmise that Jesus leaned towards the apocalyptic interpretation, since he is reported to have referred to "The Son of Man" frequently, and talks about the imminent end of the world "in this generation,,2; but it also seems that he adopts the Holy Commonwealth interpretation, when he says, for instance, that he has not come to abrogate the law, and is reported to have spoken about the founding of a "church,,3; and one cannot completely eliminate the revolutionary interpretation since he also speaks about coming not to bring peace, but the sword, and about "spreading fire on the earth'04.

SEric Voegelin, Order and History, I, p. 167. 61 Sam. 1-4. 30 DEMOCRACY AND THE "KINGDOM OF GOD" A major challenge to the viability of this application of the theocratic ideal was encountered by the Israelites with the intrusion of a world-class imperial force into Canaan-the Philistines, highly organized and equipped with the latest developments in military technology. The Philistines aimed a blow directly at the heart of Yahwism by capturing the Ark of the Covenant from the shrine at Shiloh, killing the priests in charge, and destroying Shiloh.

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