16 Responses to Why Are Emergent Pastors Reading N. T. Wright?

  1. Denny Burk August 8, 2006 at 3:25 am #

    Amen. I think I will just link to this post when people ask me for an evaluation of Wright’s theology. Your view is my view, and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  2. Jimmy Stanfield August 8, 2006 at 12:29 pm #

    It’s very difficult to not be anti-American or to condemn homosexuality in the atmosphere of the church of England today and in this Wright is reflecting the influence and peer pressure of his world. We should pray for revival in the C of E as well.

  3. Michael August 9, 2006 at 8:49 am #

    Wright’s little book *Simply Christian* has become a must read for most of the emergent folks I meet – a book that they give to non-Christian friends. While not emergent myself, I think it’s a great read, and a great intro on Wright’s theology.

    Also, if I remember correctly, the first section of Gibbs and Bolger’s book *Emerging Churches* is essentially a rehersal of Wright’s view of the kingdom of God. (It’s also the only section of that book with which I agreed!)

    Just a thought, but other than our own, what country isn’t calling our foreign policy imperialistic?

  4. Ian Clary August 9, 2006 at 1:05 pm #

    A very helpful evaluation. I think you are right.
    Piper argues that Wright’s understanding of righteousness and justification will damage the soul. How would you view that comment?

  5. jimhamilton August 9, 2006 at 1:08 pm #


    I would agree. I think that everything we do and think is moral, so anytime we resist the teaching of the Bible, I think our souls are damaged.

    Of course, not everyone agrees on what it means to resist the teaching of the Bible. . .


  6. Alan August 10, 2006 at 8:31 pm #


    What a penetrating critque of Wright’s appeal. I would also add that his popularity among the emergents is that in NTPG he insists that hermeneutics must incorporate aspects of postmodernity.

  7. Mark Wilson August 12, 2006 at 10:29 pm #

    Thanks for this link. It was really good to vist them.

  8. James Wilson January 15, 2009 at 12:53 pm #

    you must not have looked at Wright’s “Everyman” commentary on Romans. He is pretty forthright in setting out an orthodox, Biblical position on homosexuality.

  9. Jim Hamilton January 15, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

    Was that written before or after Gene Robinson became a Bishop in Wright’s church?

    What I read was an interview with Wright, asking him about that event, and he basically dodged and weaved his way around the question.

    How do you maintain what the Bible says and stay in a church situation like that? Even if you’re the farthest thing from a separatist and insist on staying in to reclaim territory, how do you do anything but denounce such a departure from the clear teaching of the Bible?


  10. Steve January 31, 2009 at 8:49 am #

    ‘Wright’s failure to speak openly and clearly on the issue of homosexuality’

    You are ignorant of the truth…

    NT Wright doesn’t come anywhere close to waffling on the issue of homosexuality, and the comments about Gene Robinson simply display ignorance to the actual situation the Anglican communion finds itself in…


    Why is homosexuality the only issue you are willing to destroy the communion of Christians over? Why not imperialism, greed, or willful neglect of the poor?

    Or perhaps, we should not rush to destroy what God has created? Instead we should seek union with Christians and only break fellowship after all means have been exhausted (ie Matthew 18) which is exactly what Wright is advocating for (on behalf of many evangelicals in the Anglican worldwide community)!

    Schism is surely as great a sin as advocating sexual deviance, and does even more to the effectiveness of the proclamation of the gospel (John 17).

  11. Steve January 31, 2009 at 5:18 pm #


    that gets briefly at both issues (homosexuality and schism)

  12. Jim Hamilton February 3, 2009 at 7:23 am #


    How long do you think Paul would have maintained communion with some renegade group that had made an unrepentant homosexual one of their elders/overseers/shepherds? What about Peter?

    My guess is that they would have valued faithfulness to the Lord over maintaining some false union with schismatics who were unrepentant. And I don’t think they would have needed many meetings that would have lasted many minutes at all to come to resolution on the matter.



  13. Philip Donald September 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    One section of The Anglican Communion does not have authority over another section. Bishop Tom Wright has authority over priests in his diocese, but no authority over bishops or anyone in another diocese, never mind another province (i.e. the American Episcopal Church). Also, excommunication is not something one can just implement in a system of loose communion. It’s almost like a Methodist excommunicating a Lutheran. It’s a stretched analogy, but I think you get the drift. There is a deeper theological question at hand here, that is, when is unity more important than diversity of practice and how do we tell? It is a petty that the question is raised around as thorny an issue as homosexuality. I am one with the Bishop in agreeing it is not the natural order of things and hence sinful, but I am also in agreement with him that we need to work our way through this issue before we decide whether we split or stay as one.

    Yours in Christ


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