Thursday, February 14, 2008

Garlington on Piper’s The Future of Justification

Here is a superb review of Piper's The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright, written by Don Garlington.

The more I ponder some of Piper's criticisms of Wright, the more I tend to the following conclusion: His presentation problematically tends to think words like 'justification' are to be interpreted according to a story that does not quite do, one that is influenced heavily by pietism, the Calvinism of the 'period of reformation', and modernity. It lacks the scriptural robustness and biblical-narrative-hugging scope of vision offered by Wright, and to that degree it hinders his analysis and exegesis.


At 2/16/2008 4:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Chris,

Yep, good review. Fascinating how Piper's pathological fear of Wright's 'new' and 'fresh' interpretations leads him to basically reject historical exegesis in favour of a hermeneutically impossible 'pure' contextless reading of the Bible which inevitably results in people imposing other contexts onto the biblical text (ie: Piper's own Pietistic Calvinism)

At 2/16/2008 11:17 PM, Anonymous Chris Tilling said...

Of course, Piper would deny his reading is contextless, but I think you more or less hit the nail on the head.


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