Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Wrighteousness of God


By Gerald Bray
The Churchman
May 2014

Lovers of theological controversy have been treated to a rare feast just recently, but perhaps the most significant of the battles being waged at the moment is the one concerning justification by faith, otherwise known as Tom Wright contra mundum. The Bishop of Durham’s latest book, Justification. God’s plan and Paul’s vision(London: SPCK, 2009) is meant to be his reply to John Piper’s The Future of Justification.

A response to N. T. Wright
 (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007) but in fact it ranges much more widely than that, taking in a broad band of critics and setting out his various positions in opposition to theirs. In this broadside attack against all and sundry, Mr. Piper has to take his place alongside such unlikely co-defendants as E. P. Sanders and James Dunn, to whom he dedicates the book, not to mention a host of anonymous people to whom all sorts of views are ascribed. What is going on here?
Bishop Wright’s views on Paul, Israel and justification have been known for many years, and have often been debated in scholarly circles. As this latest book makes clear, those views have not been widely accepted—indeed, they have been openly opposed by almost everyone engaged in the field, from the most conservative Evangelicals to the most ardent liberals.

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