Dr. D.A. Carson examines the doctrine of justification and soteriology in light of the New Perspective on Paul as put forth by E.P. Sanders, James Dunn, and N.T. Wright. Focusing on the impact of this teaching in historical interpretations and present day Christianity, Dr. Carson seeks to explain soteriology and justification in relation to ecclesiology through a careful exegesis of Romans 3.
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I have read and listened to Carson for years. He is one of the greats. Yet his treatment of the NPP is disappointing. While it does introduce the student to the issues at hand (second temple Judaism, works of the law etc) he does so in a way that fails to honor the insights introduced by the New Perspective which aid in the interpretation of Romans and Galatians. Carson tells a second-hand story about NT Wright which Wright says is a rumor which never happened (that he admitted to not knowing what to say to a person on their deathbed who asked how to be saved). It gives the young students the impression that Wright, James Dunn, and others are borderline Christian, or potentially heretical deniers of the gospel. Carson rightly begins by saying "there are many new perspectives" and some of the most significant ones (the view of Judaism put defended by Dunn and Wright) are not only being accepted with good reason but are contributing to breakthroughs in Pauline studies that have allowed us to recover some of Paul's original thought. It is so ironic that in this generation those who tout the "Reformed!" banner want to defend theological tradition despite good exegesis which is hermeneutically sensitive to the historical and cultural background. This lecture would have been better if Wright got 30 mins to weigh in afterwards and make some major clarifications. Carson did his best, and he is not new to the subject, but since this course was my introduction to the NPP, having studied it more thoroughly for several years I look back on this and feel like Carson was unfair with the views he presents. His exposition of Romans 3 is top-notch, as can be expected, and the pistis christou debate is a moot point that OPP and NPP people take different sides on. Enjoy these lectures, then go listen to NT Wright teach on Paul for a healthy balance!
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Such poor sound quality I had to give up.