Recently someone posted some criticisms of what they characterize as “radical two kingdom” theology or R2K. What are we talking about? In the 16th and 17th centuries our classic Reformed theologians regularly distinguished between “two kingdoms.” This way of talking was not controversial in the classical period of Reformed theology. It was not controversial in the 18th century or the 19th century. In the 20th century, like a lot of other aspects of Reformed theology, we lost this distinction. Why? In some cases we just assumed it. We were really busy defending the faith against the liberals who were denying the truth and reliability the Scriptures, the resurrection, etc. That is about all we did from the turn of the century until WWII. We forgot the distinction and we only began to recover it recently. Like other classic Reformed doctrines (e.g., the covenant of redemption, the covenant of works, the distinction between law and gospel) the recovery of this distinction has become controversial because we need to recover our Reformed confession. Dr Clark also answers an important and timely question from Jeremy about how to think about providence and the temptation to become fearful in face of terrible tragedies such as the one in Uvalde, Texas yesterday.
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