The Peril of Modernizing Paul

 Stephen Westerholm is a helpful voice for those of us opposed to the New Perspective(s) on Paul – perspectives which have been around for forty years or so.  In his recent book Justification Reconsidered, Westerholm explains and critiques the New Perspective(s) on Paul and also gives a biblical defense of the historic or classical perspective. … Continue reading The Peril of Modernizing Paul

A Metanarrative Distraction?

N.T. Wright and others in the New Perspectives on Paul movement have given us some helpful insights into biblical theology.  We should not deny this even if we might very much disagree [as I do] with the NPP’s [re]definitions of justification, covenant, law, etc.  I have to admit, though, when I read Wright, I often… Continue reading A Metanarrative Distraction?

Wright, Reformation, and Gospel

I’ve found Cornelis Venema’s The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ to be a great Reformed resource for interacting with recent revisions of justification as found in the New Perspectives on Paul.  Venema’s chapter describing N. T. Wright’s perspective on Paul is especially helpful, clear, and fair.  As I read this chapter (5), I tried… Continue reading Wright, Reformation, and Gospel

Justification, Imputation, and St. Paul

  Herman Bavinck said this around 100 years ago - it has to do with justification by faith alone and the imputation of Christ's righteousness. "...It is said in Rom. 4:5 and 5:6 that God justifies the ungodly.  It is impossible...to use stronger language.  The opponents of imputed righteousness should not lodge their objection against Luther… Continue reading Justification, Imputation, and St. Paul