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Wheaton Theology Conference, Conclusion

Wright has his share of detractors. But he has at least 1,100 fans. He is a prolific writer and scholar—making his scholarship accessible to any earnest reader. He goes toe-to-toe with the uberliberal Jesus Seminar but faces criticism from the NeoReformed on the other side as well. He has spoken in the House of Lords, represented the Anglican Church in meetings with the Pope at the Vatican, but he tells stories like a proud father of some of his poorest parishes in County Durham, and of attending Maundy Thursday in a parish of 60 people. He answered serious questions with one word (“Grace”) and silenced a jocular crowd with sincerest gravity (“Nothing justifies schism”). He put together what many take apart (the Kingdom and the Cross), and distinguished between what many people conflate (Jesus and the Church). He footnoted the Sermon on the Mount to make a larger point; deftly referenced the Bible’s books, chapters, and verses, then outlined their arguments and context on the fly in order to support his arguments; and quoted poetry and hymnody at length from memory. N.T. Wright is painting a picture of what the Church is saved for, and not just what it saved from. The challenging questions he’s asked about the historical Jesus might drive some to despair of Christ’s lordship over all, but Wright has seen those questions through and come out on the other side with a robust vision of who Jesus is and what he means for the Church in the 21st century.

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