One For The Christians

I spent the afternoon reading NT Wright. I am so grateful that he writes 743 books a year on average because it will be a real shame for me when I have read everything he has written. It won’t be attractive to see a 54 year old man crying.

There are a great deal of Christian leaders, it seems, who are very concerned to act as policemen on other people’s research and thought. The “evangelantes” love to chase down Tom Wright and I think John “I used to write books about Grace” Piper is allegedly publishing a book in the Autumn that exposes Tom Wright as a heretic of the highest order who is intent on selling the church down the river Tiber so we all become enslaved by that Antichrist, Pope Benedict. I may be parodying his position somewhat, but I think there is a variant reading in Matthew that says “Blessed are those who parody the caricature artists”.

The reason Tom Wright gets all kicked around is because he teaches, allegedly, a New Persepctive on Paul. Now I am dubious that there are any new perspectives in theology. The JWs and the Mormons make new discoveries. I try to be more in the business of just finding ways to live out the age-old perspectives today. I used to read and hear the intellectual guardians of the evangelical churches ranting about the dangers of Wright and his New Perspective but never quite understood. Then I read some of Wright’s books and still didn’t understand. Then I read some of Wright’s books about Paul and still didn’t understand. Then I read his big heavy books and I still don’t really understand. Forgive me for my poor methodology but I have concluded that there is nothing to be afraid of.

Scot McKnight, no slowcoach himself has done a great little mini-series that explains in a way that I understand, the “New Perspective” that the Bishop of Durham allegedly advances. He does it fairly too. If that whets your appetite, Christianity Today have a bigger treatment on it this month.

Now if someone could explain the Auburn Avenue/Federal Vision controversy in a way that makes sense to me, that would be great too.

Speaking of Piper, he is a pastor in Minneapolis and after the bridge collapsed he said this:

God had a purpose for not holding up that bridge, knowing all that would happen, and he is infinitely wise in all that he wills

While on one level I guess I can understand/agree but I would also feel a need to add my own comment:

God’s purpose was that the politicians in Minneapolis, the engineers who worked for the city and the workmen who implement the decisions made by those two groups would do their job as excellently as possible and so protect the bridge from falling down. Call it Jaybercrow‘s influence but Calvinism sometimes looks horrendous to me. Calvin however, always looks superduper sweet. Little bearded Frenchman.

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3 Responses to “One For The Christians”

  1. Greymalkin says:

    Hey Zoomtard.Could you explain a bit more about people dissing Tom Wright and the reasons why?Not Tom per Se, but what he believes in an why?

  2. Karen says:

    This is a politics thang!! But basically its like NTW has reappraised something that was always there rather than uncovered something new. Something like Jesus making us righteous rather than just justified.

    Naturally CofE conservative evangelicals and their mentor Piper will gun for anybody who appears to even slightly step away from the(ir) reformed view.

    I think that Pipers understanding of God’s sovereignity is bizarre!

    In blogdom I don’t normally discuss this stuff because of the amount of time I’ve spent on this elsewhere, but I felt strangely drawn from my usual stance….?!?!

    http://fulcrum-anglican.org.uk isn’t bad for papers by NTW and has a fairly lively forum.

  3. Greymalkin says:

    Thanks for the info.its prob one of those things where ud have to have a vast knowledge of NTW,which i lack,slightly