Helm Reviews Wright

At Helm’s Deep

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  • R. Scott Clark
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    R.Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

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  1. That’s a good review (well, a first part of a longer series of review). Some of what Helm said resonated strongly with me.

    In the book Wright claims the mantle of “covenant theology” in such terms as to suggest that this were some new thing. New it may be to the baptist Piper, of course, but not, surely, new to us! If he’s going to re-invent the wheel, he might at least try to keep it the same shape.

    He claims that we have mis-understood the meaning of justification, and sets out its meaning as a law-court declaration of status, rather than a moral rightness. Last time I checked, even the New Hampshire Baptists had that one sorted.

    I know it’s a logical fallacy, but I am sore tempted to (ahem) impute Wright’s historical and theological imprecision to his exegetical work.

  2. One of my biggest regret for reading Bishop Wright is that he really doesn’t understand the Reformed view, and every time he bashes the “old perspective” or “tradition” it seems like he sets up a strawman that he can easily crush with his new views.

    I stop reading him because I realized he’s really repeating the same thing over and over again, and he shows no growth in his own paradigm nor his understanding of the Reformed faith. Which would of been fine if he doesn’t insist that he’s a true Reformer to the best definition of the term.

    Why has so many Reformed Churchmen, theologians, and pastors got attracted to his blatant attack of Reformed tradition with this clear and definite flaw is truly beyond me.

    • NTW is glib, witty, articulate, and hip. He’s a Bp in the C o E and he’s got a social agenda. Too many Reformed folk are just as ignorant of Reformed theology and the Reformed confession(s) and thus are too easily taken in.

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