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Amy Coney Barrett and the “Kingdom of God”

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tags: religion, Supreme Court, Catholicism, Amy Coney Barrett



John Fea teaches American history at Messiah College in Grantham, PA.  He is the author of Why Study History?: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past. He blogs daily at www.thewayofimprovement.com.

Notre Dame Law School professor Amy Coney Barrett is on Donald Trump’s short list to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump met with Barrett yesterday.

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Now Barrett is getting criticism for a remark she made about the “Kingdom of God.”

 

Christian conservatives like Barrett are not the only public figures who talk about the Kingdom of God.

Obama said this on the presidential campaign trail in 2007. At the 2011 National Prayer Breakfast, Obama said:

My Christian faith, then, has been a sustaining force for me over these last few years,” Obama said. “All the more so, when Michelle and I hear our faith questioned from time to time, we are reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say about us but whether we’re being true to our conscience and true to our God. “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.”

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I have written a lot at this blog about the “Kingdom of God.” My understanding of the meaning of this phrase is very similar to Barrett. While some might use the phrase “Kingdom of God” to promote some kind of theocratic takeover of government, this is not how most Christians use the term.

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