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

Luther: The Right Perspective On Paul

In a sermon on Isaiah 9.1-7, Luther preached the good news that the Son was born "for us" and "given to us."   Christ the Lord went to the manger for his people.  This is pure gospel for us. "He is a Lord who bears us and on whose shoulder we lie.  If he does not… Continue reading Luther: The Right Perspective On Paul

Paul, Luther, Introspection and the NPP

  Here are a few lines from the summary of a lecture that Krister Stendahl (an early and influential figure in the NPP) gave to the American Psychological Association in September, 1961.  To be fair, in the introduction, the publisher (the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion) noted that this essay, a summary of the… Continue reading Paul, Luther, Introspection and the NPP

The Augsburg Confession (1530) and the NPP

I find article 20 of the Augsburg Confession anticipating the NPP in a very real way.  Notice the first sentences below (from art. 20).  I've bolded the words that caught my attention:         And lest any one should craftily say that a new interpretation         of Paul has been devised by us, this entire matter is… Continue reading The Augsburg Confession (1530) and the NPP

Law/Gospel and the NPP

Krister Stendahl (a huge figure in the NPP movement) began to suggest in the early 1960's that the whole church has read Paul wrongly (i.e. introspectively) since Augustine.  Stendahl also did some work in the late '60's on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity; he was pleading for a new relationship based on a more Jewish and less Western… Continue reading Law/Gospel and the NPP