PTS Bicentennial celebration, and the Alumni/ae Reunion--so needless to say, it's a busy week here at Princeton. And while I'd normally be inclined to use every moment that I'm not studying as an opportunity to be lazy, I couldn't pass on the opportunity to see N.T. Wright speak on the gospels and the Kingdom of God (it was Wright, after all, who inspired the name of this blog). Over the next couple days, Wright will be here on campus giving lectures, the first of which was this morning at Nassau Presbyterian Church. It was essentially on how the Western church has misunderstood what the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) are all about by over-emphasizing the divinity question (i.e. the question of if and how we can speak of Jesus as the object of worship) and the atonement question--the questions with which the creeds of the church are primarily concerned--to the detriment of everything in between Jesus' birth and death, the narrative of "how God became king."
It was strangely and ironically nostalgic, listening to N.T. Wright. It's been a while since I've heard him in person. ...Ironic because, in a way, it felt familiar like a piece of home, even though Wright is by no means local to California.
If you really wanna know more about where Wright is coming from, go and read How God Became King, and... in fact, go ahead and read everything that he's ever written.