The Wall Street Journalâ€™s OpinionJournal.com has a great piece on N. T. Wright and his influence on American Evangelicalism. It is titled â€œReform Party: A British Theologian Takes Another Stab at It.â€ John Wilson, the author of this piece, argues that N. T. Wright is â€œthe most influential biblical scholar in American evangelical circles today.â€ According to Wilson, this fact is a great irony because Wright regularly denounces the â€œimperialismâ€ of U.S. foreign policyâ€”a criticism that most American evangelicals would not agree with.
I am reading N. T. Wrightâ€™s new book on Paul as I write, and I intend to post a review of it here when I am finished. For now, let me just say that Wright argues for a â€œfresh perspectiveâ€ on the gospel that Paul preached. This â€œfresh perspectiveâ€ (not to be confused with the â€œNew Perspectiveâ€) includes a realization that one of the chief things that the apostle Paul is doing in his letters is denouncing imperialism. Whether Wright is correct to apply this insight to U. S. foreign policy, I will leave for another post. But if I may tip my hand a little bit, I think it’s clear that Wright seems to be indulging in a bit of parallelomania and is probably reading too much Greco-Roman background into Paul.
But, as I said, more on this later.