Apophatic Theology: Look it Up

Andy Naselli just posted an interview with Tom Schreiner on JT’s blog. Andy asked a few of his friends to suggest questions, and I suggested question 12 (Andy actually wrote all the rest). You need to read question 11, however, to understand 12:

11. What people (e.g., theologians, biblical scholars, pastors) have had the most influence on you as reflected in this book?

Along with Ladd, Piper, and Carson, Schreiner mentions N.T. Wright:

4. Tom Wright’s writings have been helpful because he looks at the big picture in a way that is enormously helpful, but I differ from him on many things too, especially re the new perspective on Paul.

I knew he’d expressed appreciation for Wright, so I was curious:

12. Is there anything else in Tom Wright’s work that you have found especially helpful, perhaps something reflected in your NTT?

Schreiner’s answer was helpful, if only apophatically:

Actually, I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.

Schreiner’s answer tells me that one conservative theologian I respect has read Wright and profited from him (as I am beginning to), but that his major profit was in the area of the story of Scripture. That’s worth something.

Author: Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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