Two Kingdoms Peacemaking

Those of you interested in such things will no doubt recall the extended and at times quite polemical engagement back in May with Matthew Tuininga (a former research assistant of David VanDrunen and currently a Ph.D student under John Witte), over two-kingdoms theology in the Reformation.  (Although the main interaction took place on The Calvinist International and Tuininga’s blog, I linked to the key posts here, here and here).  Although significant disagreement appeared to persist on the historical issues, it has been striking to note, from many of the posts on Tuininga’s blog, how close we are on a great many questions when it comes to the contemporary application of these issues, suggesting the possibility that some at least of the historical differences can be bridged as well. 

A recent contribution from Tuininga, “The Two Kingdoms: What’s the Fuss All About?” (the first of a prospective three-part series) gave good reason for such optimism, particularly on questions of contemporary application but also on historical questions, and I have accordingly offered an irenic engagement to hopefully move the discussion forward considerably on The Calvinist International.  Matt has already expressed his appreciation and his plan to interact on his blog soon—so stay tuned!

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