The Lord's prayer and the parousia
Andrew. Though I’m in way over my head, and though I haven’t had a chance to read COSM (much to my chagrin) yet, I do have a question. How does the eschatology you propose make sense of the Lord’s Prayer? On another thread, you seemed to reject the now/not yet paradigm (or inaugurated eschalology) for the Kingdom, emphasizing heavily the ‘already’ side of things (since we are living after 70AD in a post-eschatological world). Are we no longer to pray that God’s Kingdom would come and God’s will would be done on Earth as in heaven? Central to my faith is my mission to advance God’s Kingdom… if you say (and I’m not sure you’re saying this, which is why I’m looking for clarification) that the Kingdom has already come (that is, Jesus and Paul’s hopes for the Kingdom were fulfilled in the parousia, the ‘coming of the Son of Man’), should we even be praying that prayer? And, more concretely, is there any real difference between seeking to advance God’s Kingdom (inaugurated in Christ), and actively waiting for the renewal of Creation by embodying it now?
I feel like I must be misreading you, but I’m not sure how I’m misreading you. Any comments you could make to help me out would be much appreciated.