N.T. Wright on Scripture and the Authority of God

N.T. WrightThis is how N.T. Wright, the former Bishop of Durham and now a professor at St Andrews, ends a paper on Scripture and the Authority of God:

Scripture is then part of the Spirit-given means, along with the koinonia of the church and the strange new-Temple significance of the sacraments, by which the people who find themselves in Act 5 [i.e. the church age] are able to improvise appropriately as they move towards the ultimate goal. The Bible is not an end in itself, in other words. It is there so that, by its proper use, the creator may be glorified and the creation may be healed. It is our task to be the people through whom this extraordinary vision comes to pass. We are thus entrusted with a privilege too great for casual handling, too vital to remain a mere matter of debate.


This paper, adapted from something Wright wrote in 1991, has been published in six parts over the last month at The BioLogos Forum: N.T. Wright on Scripture and the Authority of God, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 (the quotation above is taken from part 6). This seems rather unconventional material for BioLogos, but it is certainly an excellent paper.

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  2. Peter!
    I am so glad you posted this conclusion to Wright’s paper. Is everyone here familiar with NTPG, his first tome, where he lays out his notion of the five-act play?

    (In my own material I thought the dynamic a good one and the five-act frame certainly resonates with classical tragedy. I had often thought in terms of a seven-act play, with a similar dynamic, that we live presently in Act VI, in which we wind our way, scene by scene, toward the final return of the king and an ever-lasting seventh act.)

    The point for Wright, of course, is the place of kingdom people and their response to God’s grace in the working out of their salvation, the city on the hill and light to the world metaphors which involve whole communities and whole lives lived for the king. Wright’s perspective on this is powerful and persuasive, with huge implications for Christian community in piety, study and action.

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