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N.T. Wright's response to John Piper...,
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This review is from: Justification - God's Plan & Paul's Vision (Paperback)
N.T. Wright is the kind of writer who takes me out of my comfort zone. Widely regarded as one of the greatest New Testament scholars alive today, this is his response to John Piper's response to him ("The Future of Justification"). It is a captivating read. What I've learned from N.T. Wright is that it is not faith in justification by faith that saves, but faith in Christ that saves. There are many believers around the world who may not be able to articulate the doctrine of justification in a way that would be satisfactory to certain brethren who are paid up members of the 'Frozen Chosen Brigade', but they love Christ nonetheless, and are looking to Him for their salvation. The implication of what Piper (and others) seem to be suggesting is that believers throughout Church history who have not had this 'forensic' understanding of the doctrine, are headed for oblivion. This is deeply troubling. The vast majority of professing Christians will be in hell because they couldn't say the right thing, in a mechanical fashion, about a particular doctrine?? I'm not comfortable thinking this way any more. Thank God that the Lord knows those who are His, irrespective of whether they are able to articulate this doctrine in a forensic manner or not.
Wright is not always easy to read, but if you invest the time to engage him through this book, you will be challenged and richly rewarded. Wright is also very good at the 'Big Picture', 'Grand Narrative', and 'Drama of Redemption' - so if you enjoy Biblical Theology you will certainly enjoy Wright!
For evangelicals who like to think outside the box, it's Five Stars!