N.T. Wright’s Pauline Perspectives— Part Four

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The question of 'Paul and Empire' has come up suddenly these last twenty years; in the late 1980s almost nobody was thinking about it, and now it's all over the place -- in more ways than one. That is, lots of people are writing about it and there is no consensus! That is to be expected. But there are two quite different things going on which get confused. On the one hand, there is the serious historical attempt, in line with things said by e.g. Deissmann, to plot how Paul would have been heard … [Read more...]

Theological Books Online– The Princeton Collection

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The Princeton Theological Seminary Library has recently made available online full texts of some 80,000 volumes, so of which, one would presume, are now out-of-print works, but still valuable for certain research purposes. Still there are plenty of resources here of value. Key point--- you need to have the critical judgment to know which is a valuable resource, and which is merely an old book.http://www.commons.ptsem.edu … [Read more...]

‘Captain Phillips’ and his Pirate Days

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Let's be clear from the outset. If your vision of pirates is the Pirates of Penzance or Peter Pan and Captain Hook, or for that matter that good Kentucky boy Johnny Depp, then you have a totally romanticized, and wrong vision of pirates. Pirates, ranging from Blackbeard off the coast of North Carolina to the Somalia pirates in the movie Captain Phillips are nothing like that. They are not swashbucklers-- whatever that may be.They are often ruthless, heartless, cut throats. Indeed, they are … [Read more...]

N.T. Wright’s Pauline Perspectives–Part Three

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BEN: One of your earliest important works was entitled The Climax of the Covenant. On the surface at least, this book seems rather different than your later work when it comes to 'the New Perspective on Paul', particularly on the issue of the so-called boundary defining things in early Judaism-- circumcision, sabbath keeping, food laws. What was it that did or didn't convince you about the arguments of Jimmy Dunn and others that when Paul refers to 'works of the Law' it is a sort of code … [Read more...]

Why I’m Not a Calvinist

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KjUYw6Vg0bQ#t=64 … [Read more...]

The Sermons of John Wesley– A New Edition

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For over a century there have been proper critical editions of the works of Luther and Calvin. But it has only been in the last fifty years that we have begun to have a proper critical and annotated edition of the works of John Wesley. It it thus not entirely a surprise that what was available when I was young when it came to Wesley's Standard Sermons were actually reprints of nineteenth editions of his works. Now that we do have the four volumes of his sermons in the Wesley works series with … [Read more...]

N.T. Wright’s Pauline Perspectives– Part Two

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BEN: Another major theme in several of these essays is justification, a subject which you have written a full book on, reviewed on this blog some years ago. Here I would like to ask--- How has your mind changed over the years, or stayed the same, on this subject, if it has? If there is a constant thread for you in your thinking through this issue over thirty-five years what is it? Can you summarize for us how your view on the righteousness of God is similar to, or differs from the classic … [Read more...]

N.T Wright’s Pauline Perspectives– Part One

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My friend and colleague Tom Wright now has two new big books on Paul coming out, the first is a collection of his many essays on Paul over the last 35 years (640 pages, out with SPCK first) and the second is his magnum opus on Paul (which we will deal with in due course). Since these essays are mostly all previously published, I thought it would be helpful to do a dialogue with Tom on some of their major themes and trajectories in a several part series. Here is his response to my first … [Read more...]

The ‘Gravity’ of the Situation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiTiKOy59o4Make no mistake, 'Gravity' is one of the most visually stunning movies to have ever been made (especially in Real 3-D), and one of the most sophisticated ones made in the CG era. And as space movies go, this one certainly wins the prize for seeming to be real, and putting you right on out there in 0 gravity with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. Granted there are better places to meet them than out there in a bulky space suit, but still, it's fun. … [Read more...]


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