In a recent post, I said that N.T. Wright’s presentation at ETS surprised me with regard to two areas: his clarification regarding final justification and the role of works and his comments on imputation. Here are my reflections on the role of works. Now on to the matter of imputation. Wright has often suggested that the Reformed doctrine of imputation makes righteousness out to be a gas-like substance that can be passed across the divine courtroom from judge to defendant.
As indicated previously, I was quite pleased with Wright’s statement that he affirmed the language of final justification “according to works” over against “on the basis of works.” I was pleased with this move because I raised just this question at the IVP lecture at SBL in New Orleans last year. I raised the question because Piper very clearly asked Wright for clarification in his book The Future of Justification (22). Piper did not charge Wright with teaching justificati
I’m a bit behind most in the blogosphere who have already posted reflections on the recent annual gatherings of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta. Nonetheless, here are a few thoughts: 1. This was the first year I attended ETS. I was struck by the charity and reverence throughout. You might be surprised to hear that I was struck in this way, ETS being a confessional professional society composed of people who are supposed