N.T.Wright and Doug Campbell Going Toe-to-Toe

Last week Duke University hosted a panel discussion on Pauline theology at which N.T.Wright was an invited guest. The panel was chaired by Richard Hays, and also on the panel were Duke scholars, Ross Wagner, Susan Eastman, and Douglas Campbell. You can see the 90 minute discussion here:

The discussion was wide-ranging, informative and interesting but perhaps the lasting impression from the debate was the manner of Prof. Cambell. He was, at points, confrontational, dismissive, disrespectful, and plain rude. At some point widely read and influential theologians need to apply their great learning toward an ethic of academic engagement. Disagree, of course, but please please do so with love, grace, humility, and charity. Not to do so dishonours God, dishonours your brother or sister, and fails to witness to God’s agape love to the world (1 Jn 4:7-12). Big brains require bigger hearts.


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