Peter Adam’s Review of N.T. Wright

A few weeks ago I posted a link to Dane Ortlund’s excellent review of N.T. Wright’s recent, The Day the Revolution Began. Now, Peter Adam, former principal of Ridley College Melbourne, has offered his own review of the same work. He points out some of the same appreciations as well as the unfortunate grievances I have with Wright (pervasive false dichotomies and unnecessary caricatures of reformed evangelicals), but in a slightly different perspective.

“The great strength of Wright’s approach is his work on uncovering the coherence and resonances of the big Bible story, and of showing how narrative both expresses and reflects this larger picture. …

However, his positive aim of showing us the meaning of Christ’s death is undermined by his constant critique of the traditional doctrine of the death of Christ as our substitute undergoing God’s punishment for sin on behalf of sinners. …
It is an unfortunate feature of the book that other views are pilloried, and given the worst possible interpretation. So, the traditional view of penal substitution is constantly portrayed as an angry Father venting his anger on his innocent Son.”

Read the whole thing here.

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