The brilliant Anglican theologian, N. T. Wright, in his two-volume study of St. Paul, concludes that we have largely missed Paul’s major theme. After Luther, many thought Paul’s great idea was justification by faith (Protestants) versus “works righteousness” (Catholics). It makes a nice dualistic split that fundamentalists just love. But Wright says it missed Paul’s much more foundational point. He believes the great and supreme idea of Paul is that the new temple of God is the human person. In this insight, he offers us a superb example of thin-slicing the texts and finding the golden thread. Once you see it, you cannot not see it. Continue reading “Richard Rohr – NT Wright and the Evolution of the Temple”
For the first time, learn how one man’s vision kept the early Christian movement together. How one man defied the very followers of Jesus himself… and in the end left his homeland to conquer an Empire. This is the compelling story of Paul the Apostle, originally named Saul of Tarsus. He zealously persecuted the early followers of Jesus and violently tried to destroy the newly forming Christian church. Paul’s dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus radically changed the course of his life. After his conversion, Paul began to preach that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. He is generally considered one of the most important figures of the Apostolic Age.
Scholars Larry Hurtado & Ben Witherington join Robert Orlando on stage for post screening discussion after watching Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe in San Diego during SBL conference. Continue reading “Larry Hurtado & Ben Witherington Discuss the Movie ‘Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe’”
Paul’s conversion experience on the Damascus Road, which we’ll explore in more depth tomorrow, is the source of his immense inner authority and most of his themes. It is a phenomenal transformation of consciousness, which is why he becomes such a courageous teacher of what he is convinced is the very mind of Christ. Paul is able to trust his own experience of Christ against Peter (Galatians 2:11), James, the “circumcisers,” many of the Jewish Christians, and his own early training as a Pharisaic Jew. He undoubtedly has a huge ego, which God uses to good purpose. Paul often comes across as arrogant and overly self-assured. He is a complex man and seems to humbly admit in a number of places that he is a mass of contradictions–which allows him to proclaim and even define the mystery of grace and the meaning of mercy.
Since I am in London, with it’s famous tube (underground train), including the tube map, here is a map of Paul’s journey’s designed in the style of the London tube map. Here it is.
Source, James McGrath’s blog, Exploring Our Matrix on the Patheos platform.
Scot McKnight again about NT Wright’s new book on Paul, this time about supersessionism and Paul’s view on Israel.
Scot McKnight continues his series on NT Wright’s new book on Paul with some comments on Wright’sposition on the creedal dimension of faith, as rooted in Hebrew, not just Greek thinking.
Since the creedal and historical rootedness dimension of the faith is one of the reasons that prompted me to join Anglicanism this interests me to the highest degree.
I wonder what my friend Dr. Eugen Matei thinks about this, as he explores the place of creeds in the history of the Baptist faith(s).
Dr. Michael Bird asks, “This is your magnum opus. What is your main contribution to Pauline studies in this book?”
Find Paul and the Faithfulness of God on Amazon. Continue reading “N. T. Wright about His New Book ‘Paul and the Faithfulness of God’ – UPDATE”
This is Scot McKnight’s introduction to the forthcoming (1 November) monumental work of NT Wright on the theology of Paul.
An interesting, and plausible, perspective.
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
“Who are you, Lord?”
On his way to persecute and incarcerate the believers in Damascas, Saul of Tarsus has a dramatic encounter with the living Christ. “…suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’”