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Wright and Piper on Justification…Again

I have thoroughly enjoyed the ongoing debate between N.T. Wright and John Piper on justification.  I spent a lot of time reading and posting on this subject in 2007, but have taken some time off.  Well, it looks like N.T. Wright is going to pull me back into the debate…

On February  1 N.T. Wright will release his latest contribution to the debate, a 192-page book titled Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision.  I don’t have a lot of details on the book, but Tim Chester has posted this summary:

This book is a response to many of Wright’s North American critics and to John Piper’s The Future of Justification in particular. It is not a point for point reply to Piper but a general articulation of what Wright really thinks about justification with some hand-to-hand combat with Piper (as well as others such as Carson and Seifrid) along the way. Wright gives a very forthright defence of his position, but is certainly not acrimonious or uncharitable towards Piper … This book is vintage Wright with his easy-to-read sermonic prose, exegesis of the texts weaved into a master theological narrative, and provocative one liners through out … Wright wonders what Protestant theology would have been like if we read Romans and Galatians in light of Ephesians and Colossians rather than the other way around … And, what I’ve been harping on about myself, God’s plan to deal with the root problem of sin and God’s purpose to bring Jew and Gentile together are not mutually exclusive. Importantly, Wright communicates with great verve and genuine pathos that what ultimately matters for him is that we do not pursue any perspective (Wright, Old, New, or otherwise) but settle for nothing less than Paul’s perspective!

It sounds like a great addition to the debate.  I’ll be sure to give it a read and make some comments here.  Until then, review the debate:

Summary of N.T. Wright’s What Saint Paul Really Said

Summary of John Piper’s The Future of Justification

What do Wright and Piper have in common?

My Personal Thoughts on Wright and Piper

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  1. mikewittmer
    January 2, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up, Brian. I look forward to reading Wright and your thoughts about what he wrote, and then sharing my thoughts about your thoughts about Wright’s thoughts on Piper’s thoughts on Wright’s thoughts and now I don’t even care any more. Seriously, this is an important conversation, and I’m glad that you are having it. Will you be citing Romans in the ESV?

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