If you are like me you sat at home this last week wishing you could have participated in all the N.T. Wright madness at ETS and IBR. Since I am likely not alone in living vicariously through others who were there I thought I’d share some links to relevant posts:
Mike Aleckson, “Atlanta, ETS, and N.T. Wright“
Denny Burk: “N.T. Wright on Justification at ETS“
Ardel Caneday, “Wright Sets Right a Wrong“
Marc Cortez: “N.T. Wright at ETS” Part One, Two, and Three
Colin Hansen, “A Justification Debate Long Overdue“
Tyler Kenney, “Appreciating N.T. Wright“
Daniel Kirk, “SBL Precursor: Wright and Bird at IBR“
Philip J. Long, “ETS Atlanta–Thomas Schreiner“
Gary Manning, “Evangelical Theological Society, Day 3“
Dan Ortlund, “Conference Reflections“
Jason Stellman, “A Few Scattered Thoughts on Wright at ETS“
Justin Taylor, “Tom Schreiner on Tom Wright at ETS“
Blake White, “Wright at ETS“
Mike Wittmer, “Wright at ETS“
This should do for now. If you know of any other worthy reads please leave a comment.
Is evangelicalism being split into two camps? There has been talk of the N.T. Wright v. John Piper approach to justification for a few years now. Then there has been a conference dedicated to the theology of Wright (which has implication on how we understand the gospel) that occurred the same week thousands of Neo-Reformed Christians gathered to discuss the gospel. Now at ETS this year it will be Tom Schreiner v. Wright discussing justification by faith.
On the one hand, this may be one of those rivalries that disappears quickly–like John F. MacArthur v. Charles Ryrie/Zane C. Hodges on the discussion of “Lordship” v. “Free-Grace” salvation. I was a small child when all that was being debated and discussed and I look at it complexed. I don’t understand what either party is saying.
On the other hand, this may be mammoth. Brett McCracken wrote for Christianity Today on the two aforementioned conferences stating hopefully that one day the two parties would meet together (here). Michael Bird is not very confident that this will happen (see here). I agree. It is not likely these two parties will see eye-to-eye anytime soon. It could be something that will actually create two different trajectories for evangelicalism.
Or it could be something my (future) kids read about asking, “What were they fighting about again?”