Wednesday, 12 August 2009

The 'Wrighteousness' of God

Ouch! Gerald Bray (a very good Anglican theologian) takes a swipe at Bishop Tom Wright (pictured; another Anglican theologian with a very idiosyncratic take on the doctrine of justification) in this editorial from The Churchman, the premier journal of evangelical Church of England folk. Someone once said that spats in academia are so heated because there is so little at stake, but that is not the case here; the Gospel, as understood by Lutherans and other heirs of the magisterial Reformation, is at stake. Lutherans will find this to be a fascinating thumbnail sketch of Bishop Wright's doctrine and a handy refutation of it, and there is mention of Luther here, too. With his seemingly ubiquitous New Testament commentary series becoming a standard for the intelligent lay-person, Bishop Wright threatens to become the 21st century version of William Barclay, so all should be aware of what he teaches on justification.

Click on the title to go to the editorial.

Incidentally, the book open on the stand before Wright in the pic is the third edition of A Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament and other Early Christian Literature, the English version of Bauer's Woterbuch (add umlaut), an indispensable tool for the exegete. An oft-overlooked fact in regard to this gift to the Anglophone theological world is that the principal editors of the English editions over the years have been scions of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, William Arndt and Frederick Danker.

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