NT Wright on St. Luke & shipwreck
Lest I appear villainously to brush all Anglicans with Rowan Williams's make-up applicator in the post below, let me point you to Bishop Tom Wright's thoughtful address concluding the same Anglican Consultative Council meeting -- in which, I was pleased to see, he also quotes Ronald Knox's masterpiece (via Titus One Nine):
The central thing was this, that Jesus, the Jewish Messiah, was the true Lord and King of the world, and was calling everyone to account. That is why Paul's wonderful philosophical tour de force in Athens later in the same chapter ends with the news, the good news, that the one true God has fixed a day on which he will judge the world by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead. The resurrection constitutes Jesus as Israel's Messiah, the world's true Lord, and hence as the one through whom God will put everything to rights, bringing peace and justice to the world at last. Just as the resurrection was rightly seen by the Sadducean Chief Priests as a highly dangerous doctrine, so the Athenians mocked at it, not just because they knew people didn't get raised from the dead but because if it had happened it would mean that a whole new world had been born. And once more, looking with Luke's eyes, we say: well, precisely.
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Jul. 01, 2005 2:17 PM ET USA
N.T. Wright's massive (app. 800-page) "The Resurrection of the Son of God" is learned, penetrating, and, perhaps most of all, thoroughly convincing. He dismantles -- yes, that's the verb -- Crossan and the rest of the Jesus Seminar yodelers. He manages to do so with the dignity and restraint one might call the "peace of Christ." More than worth a read, Uncle D.