Thursday, March 04, 2004

An interesting criticism of N.T. Wright by Oliver O'Donovan:—
Wright does not appreciate the extent to which his own interpretation belongs in the mainstream tradition. His remark about 'what the majority of Christian theologians have meant' by justification 'since at least Augustine' will cause some distress to those who know City of God 19, where Augustine consciously and resolutely exploits the continuities of meaning from ius to iustitia and iustificatio.... What Tom Wright reacts against is a kind of Kantian pietism, which has, however, little claim to speak as the majority voice of the tradition.

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