Two Kingdoms Theology Critiqued by Tim Keller
by Justin Borger
From Tim Keller’s new volume, Center Church (Zondervan, 2012).
1. The Two Kingdoms model gives more weight and credit to the function of common grace than the Bible does.
2. Much of the social good that Two Kingdoms people attribute to natural revelation is really the fruit of the introduction of Christian teaching–of special revelation, if you will–to world cultures.
3. The Two Kingdoms model implies or teaches that it is possible for human life to be conducted on a religiously neutral basis.
4. The Two Kingdoms Model produces a form of “social quietism.”
5. The Two Kingdoms view contributes too great a hierarchy between clergy and lay people.
Always the mediator, Keller offers similar critiques of the Transformationist, Relevance, and Counterculturalist models for engaging culture as well. Although I think it is clear that he is most sympathetic to the Transformationist model, pointing out that this group is the best at self-critique and self-correction.