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Encyclopedia > Tom Wright (theologian)

Nicholas Thomas "Tom" Wright (b. 1 December 1948) is the Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and a leading British New Testament scholar. His academic work has always been published under the name N.T. Wright. He is generally perceived as coming from a moderately evangelical perspective. He is associated with the so-called Third Quest for the Historical Jesus and the New Perspective on Paul, a complex movement with many unique positions (originating from the works of James Dunn and E. P. Sanders). He argues that the current understanding of Jesus must be connected with what is known to be true about him from the historical perspective of first-century Judaism and Christianity. December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... Arms of the Bishop of Durham The Bishop of Durham is the officer of the Church of England responsible for the diocese of Durham, one of the oldest in the country. ... The Church of England is the officially established Christian church[1] in England, and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ... John 21:1 Jesus Appears to His Disciples--Alessandro Mantovani: the Vatican, Rome. ... The word evangelicalism usually refers to a broad collection of religious beliefs, practices, and traditions which are found among conservative Protestant Christians. ... The quest for the historical Jesus is the attempt to use historical rather than religious methods to construct a verifiable biography of Jesus. ... The New Perspective on Paul is the name given to a significant shift in how New Testament scholars interpret the writings of Paul of Tarsus, particularly in regard to Judaism and the later Protestant understanding of Justification by Faith. ... James D. G. (Jimmy) Dunn was for many years the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology at the University of Durham. ... Ed Parish Sanders (born 1937) is a leading New Testament theologian (Th. ... This article is about Jesus of Nazareth. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ...

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Life

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Career

Educated at Sedbergh School, then in Yorkshire, Wright specialised in Classics. He served as assistant professor of New Testament Studies at McGill University, Montreal and as a lecturer in New Testament at Worcester College, Oxford. Prior to his appointment as bishop, Wright worked as the dean at Lichfield Cathedral and the canon theologian of Westminster Abbey. Since 2003, Wright has presided as the Bishop of Durham for the Church of England. Sedbergh School is a co-educational boarding school in Sedbergh, Cumbria for boys and girls, between the ages of 13 and 18 inclusive. ... McGill University is a publicly funded, co-educational research university located in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (salvation through harmony) Coordinates: Country Canada Province Quebec Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... College name Worcester College Collegium Vigorniense Named after Sir Thomas Cookes, Worcestershire Established 1714 Sister College St Catharines College Provost Richard Smethurst JCR President Minesh Tanna Undergraduates 408 MCR President Tom Marshall Graduates 167 Homepage Worcester College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in... The University of Oxford (usually abbreviated as Oxon. ... The West Front of Lichfield Cathedral Lichfield Cathedral is situated in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. ... The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster, which is almost always referred to by its original name of Westminster Abbey, is a mainly Gothic church, on the scale of a cathedral (and indeed often mistaken for one), in Westminster, London, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Arms of the Bishop of Durham The Bishop of Durham is the officer of the Church of England responsible for the diocese of Durham, one of the oldest in the country. ... The Church of England is the officially established Christian church[1] in England, and acts as the mother and senior branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, as well as a founding member of the Porvoo Communion. ...

  • 1968 - 1971: Studied theology, then Literae Humaniores (sometimes called "Greats" at Oxford) (i.e. classical literature, philosophy and history) at Exeter College, Oxford; president of the undergraduate Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union.

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Influence and controversy

His work has been praised by many scholars of varying views, including Professor James D. G. Dunn, Richard B. Hays and Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Critics of his work are also found across the broad range of theological camps, from conservatives such as Ligon Duncan to liberals like Robert J. Miller and John Shelby Spong. James D. G. (Jimmy) Dunn was for many years the Lightfoot Professor of Divinity in the Department of Theology at the University of Durham. ... Richard B. Hays is the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. ... For the English boxer, see Rowan Anthony Williams. ... The Archbishop of Canterbury is the spiritual leader and senior clergyman of the Church of England, recognized by convention as the head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... John Shelby Spong (born 16 June 1931 in Charlotte, North Carolina) is the retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark (based in Newark, New Jersey). ...


Within evangelicalism, Wright has been warmly received particularly by those who identify with the postmodern Emerging Church movement. Bishop Wright welcomes the hearing he has gained from the Emerging Church, but notes his own commitment to historical and biblical foundations not always shared by the Emerging Church. His evangelical credentials, however, have often been disputed by conservative theologians and others representing the strongly Reformed evangelical tradition, particularly in the United States. The most contentious issue has been whether he is guilty of denying the Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone. The word evangelicalism usually refers to a broad collection of religious beliefs, practices, and traditions which are found among conservative Protestant Christians. ... Postmodernist architecture of the Stata Center by Frank Gehry Sydney Opera House The term Postmodernism (sometimes referred to as Pomo, Po-Mo, or PoMo [1], [2], [3]) was coined in the early 1960s to describe a dissatisfaction with modern architecture, founding the postmodern architecture. ... The emerging or emergent church is a diverse, 20th century Christian movement seeking to engage people living in postmodern or postcolonial cultures. ... -1... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Doctrine, from Latin doctrina, (compare doctor), means a body of teachings or instructions, taught principles or positions, as the body of teachings in a branch of knowledge or belief system. ... In Christian theology, justification is Gods act of making or declaring a sinner righteous before God. ...


He has also received heavy criticism in some decidedly more liberal circles. By contrast with Miller's views as noted above, though, Marcus Borg, of the Jesus Seminar, has co-authored with Wright the book The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions, and the two scholars are well-known for their mutual admiration and respect. Liberal Christianity, sometimes called liberal theology, is an umbrella term covering diverse, philosophically-informed religious movements and moods within late 18th, 19th and 20th century Christianity. ... Marcus Borg is a contemporary Jesus Scholar and religious author. ... The Jesus Seminar is a research team of about two hundred New Testament scholars founded in 1985 by the late Robert Funk under the auspices of the Westar Institute. ...


He was a member of the Lambeth Commission set up to deal with controversies that emerged following ECUSA's ordination of a practising homosexual as Bishop, and the senior member from the Church of England [1]


Theological and exegetical topics and references

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Opposition to civil partnerships

Wright hit the headlines in December 2005 when he announced to the press, on the day that the first civil partnership ceremonies took place in England, that he would likely take disciplinary action against any clergy registering as civil partners or any clergy blessing such partnerships. Metropolitan Community Church vicar Debbie Gaston (right) with partner Elaine celebrating their Civil Partnership outside Brighton Town Hall on Dec 21, 2005 Civil partnerships in the United Kingdom, granted under the Civil Partnership Act 2004, give same-sex couples rights and responsibilities identical to civil marriage. ...


Selected Works

  • The New Testament and the People of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God. Paperback ed. Vol. 1. Augsburg Fortress, Pub., 1992.
  • Jesus and the Victory of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, Volume 2. Hardcover ed. Vol. 2. Augsburg Fortress, Pub., 1996.
  • Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997.
  • What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity? Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1997.
  • The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. Hardcover ed. InterVarsity Pr., 1999.
  • The Resurrection of the Son of God. Paperback ed. Vol. 3. Augsburg Fortress, Pub., 2003.
  • The Resurrection of Jesus: John Dominic Crossan and N.T. Wright in Dialogue. Ed. Robert B. Stewart. Paperback ed. Augsburg Fortress, Pub., 2005. (co-authored with John D. Crossan)
  • Paul in Fresh Perspective. Fortress Press, 2005.
  • The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture. Harper SanFrancisco, 2005.
  • Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. Hardcover ed. HarperCollins Pub., 2006.
  • Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Have We Missed the Truth about Christianity? Baker Books, 2006.
  • Evil and the Justice of God. Intervarsity Press, 2006.

For Everyone Series

  • Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-15. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Westminster John Knox Pr., 2004.
  • Matthew for Everyone, Part 2: Chapters 16-28. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Westminster John Knox Pr., 2004.
  • Mark for Everyone. 2nd ed. Westminster John Knox Pr., 2004.
  • Luke for Everyone. 2nd ed. Westminster John Knox Pr., 2004.
  • John for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-10. Paperback ed. Westminster John Knox Pr., 2004.
  • John for Everyone, Part 2: Chapters 11-21. 2nd ed. Westminster John Knox Pr., 2004.
  • Paul for Everyone: 1 Corinthians. 2nd ed. Soc. for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2004.
  • Paul for Everyone: 2 Corinthians. 2nd ed. Soc. for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2004.
  • Paul for Everyone: the Pastoral Letters. 2nd ed. Soc. for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2004.
  • Paul for Everyone, the Prison Letters: Ephesians, Philipians, Colossians and Philemon. 2nd ed. Westminster John Knox Pr., 2004.
  • Hebrews for Everyone. 2nd ed. Soc. for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2004.

External links

  • The N. T. Wright Page, an unofficial website that collects a panoply of articles, sermons, interviews, and audio by and about Wright

Reviews and criticism

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