Ecclesiastical v. Kingdom
In his book Kingdom Come in Everyday Speech (London, SCM Press
2000), Don Cupitt distinguishes between the "realist"
theology of Christian institutions (with its hierarchy, authority and
dogmatism) with the "anti-realist" Kingdom
theology evident in the New
|Ecclesiastical Theology||Kingdom Theology|
|world to come
||here and now
|God is transcendant
||God is immanent
|mediated by priests/scriptures
|credal and dogmatic
||one equal music
|sacred versus profane
||all on same level
The above summary comes from page 97 of Nigel Leaves'
review of Cupitt's work "Odyssey on The Sea of Faith" (Polebridge Press
This leads Cupitt, (ibid pp103-104), to write:
- religious meaning has become dispersed across culture in everyday language and the religious/secular distinction has been erased. The whole of life is religious.
- Life is outsideless and we should commit ourselves unreservedly to our own transient lives.
- Salvation is found, not by withdrawing from the wrld, but in expressive, solar living.
- Life and death are not polar opposites but are always mingled. Life involves the awareness of the closeness of death.
- Humanism and humanitarian ethics are expressions of a new global religious way of life.
- Ecclesiastical Christianity is to be replaced by informal religious associations which emphasise sharing one's story and Kingdom values.
- There is no absolute religious object, but there are valid religious attitudes towards Be-ing.