Helm very helpfully sets out his understanding of Wright's ordo, based on a paper given by the latter in 2006. His conclusion is as follows (though do read the whole article):
Wright's view of the ordo salutis follows a recurring pattern in Protestantism: the rejection of the imputation of Christ's righteousness, and [, in place of that,] justification on the basis of some change or achievement in the person concerned. That justification is temporally after the beginning of these changes is vital to this view of the ordo. Different versions of this pattern can be found in Arminianism, and other movements affected by Arminianism, such as Baxterian neonomianism and Cambridge Platonism. The pattern is: justification is grounded (partly at least) in subjective states. In Wright's case, in faith and covenant membership, unmerited gifts of God, (257) and all that they imply. Justification/vindication is temporally subsequent to being in the covenant, it is an assurance of it. (261) If, as Bishop Wright says, his account of justification 'does the job' of the Reformers' imputation of an alien righteousness, (260-1) then it does that job very differently.This would seem to back up my suspicion, expressed here, that Wright's 'new perspective' leads to an old position on salvation which either precedes, or departs from, mainstream Evangelicalism in the tradition of the Reformers.
If Bishop Wright has a controversy with the Protestant tradition, as he says that he has, then there is little that is new about his own proposal, even though it may be founded upon a novel account of what St. Paul really said. It’s the old, old story; a moralistic declension from true evangelicalism.
I would say this, though: a critique of a theology is not the same as an attack on a person. Tom Wright rejects the Reformers' doctrine of 'imputed righteousness'. I cannot imagine he has any animosity towards the Reformers as a result, (though as I indicated previously in the Comments here, it does help if someone is dead). I think there are serious problems with Tom Wright's theology. That doesn't mean I automatically think there are serious problems with Tom Wright.
18 August 2008
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