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VAN WYK, Jan H. (Amie). Theology of the kingdom (Basileiology)? Theological reflections on the place and role of the kingdom of God in church and theology. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.2, pp.1-12. ISSN 2305-0853.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ids.v49i2.1875.

This article is an attempt to demonstrate that there is a great void in the way in which classical doctrine was treated in dogmatics in the past, since it either completely ignored a central theme like the kingdom of God, or shed altogether insufficient light on it. This void will subsequently be investigated more closely. Firstly, attention is given to the eschatological models which came into being for it. Next, the focus is on the centrality of the theme of the kingdom in the Old and New Testament after which its dynamic effect on society is pointed out. The conclusion reached by the author is that the theme of the kingdom of God was and is on the whole underemphasised in the church and in theology. For a relevant view of the church (ecclesiology) it could be liberating if the church shifted its focus to the kingdom of God (that has come and is coming). Dogmatics needs a separate locus dealing with Basileiology.

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