Wright about Paul

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We may be in the early stages of the most significant internal change in Christianity since the 16th century–an exciting prospect. But Dr. Wright suggests that the key question for interpreters of Paul in the 21st century “may well turn out to be a matter not so much of comprehension,” as an onlooker following the intricate debates over justification might suppose, “but of courage”–the courage to live as a follower of Jesus.

So John Wilson ends his recent article in the Wall Street Journal. He primarily focuses on the work of NT Wright, but speaks about a much broader activity in the life of the Church, seemingly pitted between those who are pressing forward and those who think things are just fine the way they are.

Oddly enough, much of the broader conversation is about practices and forms. What is clear is this is really a battle over theology. Everything we do is a theological statement, the only question is whether it’s good theology. Personally, I think it grand.

There’s just no reason we in the 3rd millenium should be dependent on thinkers from the mid-2nd millenium to interpret for us the beginning of the 1st millenium. The church has been emerging towards perfection since the day of Pentecost, and it has not stopped doing such even if many a theologian or pastor would wish otherwise.

The wind blows where it will.

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