"Of course the sad irony of this situation is that the very people who ought to be most appreciating and applauding the good bishop's work, including on this very subject, are those who are most strongly attacking it--conservative Evangelicals from the űber-Reformed side of the ledger. In particular he is being attacked by folks like Don Carson, John Piper, and their disciples (e.g. Simon Gathercole). What makes this an especially noxious and obnoxious situation is that in fact, at the end of the day, Wright is taking a very traditional view of the doctrine of justification, namely that Paul, when he uses the dikaios/dikaiosune etc. word group is largely referring to forensic righteousness, right standing with God established by grace and through faith in the dying and rising Messiah Jesus. Further, in very Reformed fashion he wants to argue that in Romans and elsewhere what the phrase 'the righteousness of God' refers to is God's covenant faithfulness to promises he made. Sounds like a good traditional Reformed reading of Paul to most of us."It's a great read, especially as BW3 explains Wright's covenantal theology. I found this quite helpful:
"Wright is not a universalist... Nevertheless, Wright believes that salvation has both cosmic scope and personal benefit. He believes that the resurrection of Jesus is not just about creating a born again set of individuals receiving eternal security and winding up in heaven. No he believes that Christ's history is the believer's eschatological destiny. He believes that the finish line for the Christian is not heaven but the new creation on earth. He believes that salvation in Christ is not a reaction to the failure ofYou can read it here.
to save the world, but rather the completion of her task by means of the true Israelite, Jesus, the Jewish Messiah and world Saviour (bold added)." Israel