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October 20 Webinar, "A New Perspective on the New Perspective on Paul", by Dr. Jack Kinneer Recorded and Available to View Online
The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary presented a free webinar entitled “A New Perspective on the New Perspective on Paul” led by Dr. Jack Kinneer, adjunct professor of New Testament Studies, on Tuesday, October 20.
To view the recorded webinar for free online, please click here.
N. T. Wright's book, What Saint Paul Really Said, and other writings of his have challenged the traditional understanding of Paul's doctrine of justification in the Bible.
“The standard critiques have not focused on the exegetical fallacies from which N. T. Wright’s position arises,” says Kinneer. “He has this nice system, but it’s simply not what Paul says.”
Since that traditional understanding of justification is enshrined in the creedal formulas of the churches of the Reformation, the criticisms of much of N. T. Wright's thought have been creedal and dogmatic. For instance, it has often been pointed out that N. T. Wright's views are in conflict with the creed of Presbyterians -- the Westminster Confession and Catechisms.
“Such a consideration is, without question, needed and helpful,” says Kinneer. “But in this presentation we will aim at a new perspective on the New Perspective by considering not whether N.T. Wright's views are compatible with the creedal theology, but whether they are based on good literary analysis of Paul's language.”
Dr. Kinneer’s webinar critique endeavored to show that N.T. Wright has misconstrued the expressions and thought of Paul by arbitrarily assigning meanings to Paul's language which cannot stand the test of literary analysis, most importantly, Wright’s insistence that “righteousness of God” does not refer to that righteousness that is reckoned to believers.
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