N. T. Wright’s recent appearance at the Evangelical Theological Society has most evangelical biblical and theological professors swooning the way that teenaged females greeted the Beatles almost fifty years ago. What is it with the American obsession with English accents (or Scottish for that matter)? In response to a post by Doug Wilson on yet further discussion of Wright’s views in which Wilson criticizes Scott Clark, Stellman spots the subtext of Wilson’s beef with Clark:
But when you stop and think about it, it becomes immediately clear that the errors for which Clark faults Wright are the very same errors for which he faults Wilson. Wilsonâ€™s mocking dismissal of Clarkâ€™s disagreements with the New Perspective, therefore, can seemingly be explained by the fact that they also apply to the Federal Vision.
It would appear, then, that the reason Wilson wants people like Clark banned from the New Perspective discussion is not really because of the overly-scrupulous nature of his attacks, but because those attacks arenâ€™t narrow enough to just zero in on Durham, but they also set their sights upon Moscow, Idaho. In a word, Wilsonâ€™s problem isnâ€™t that Clark is too nitpicky, itâ€™s that heâ€™s not nitpicky enough, for if he would agree to pinpoint only those errors of Wrightâ€™s that Wilson agrees are erroneous, then all would be well and Clark would welcomed back into the discussion. But since his attacks on Wright are broader than what Wilson is comfortable with, he is branded a mere irritant and dismissed with a wave of the hand.
Not only a ding ding ding ding moment, but Stellman’s outlook is further proof that 2k is far more reliable than its hysterical opponents suppose. In fact, we are still waiting for the anti-2k folks to step up to the plate on justification.