Bishop N. T. Wright: good Christians can deny Christ's resurrection...
Evangelicals tend to go all woozy when they hear a British accent, especially in the pulpit. No doubt it's part of the inferiority complex country cousins face when they meet their city cousin.
This goes a long way to explaining the lack of critical capacity demonstrated by Bishop N. T. Wright's fans. Overawed by the Bishop's learning and vocabulary, the accent pushes it over the top and all things Wright are right.
Well, I envy the British accent as much as the next guy, but I still think we should keep our heads screwed on squarely when it comes to men like Stott, Wenham, Packer, and Wright. Stott's an annihilationist (or universalist depending upon whose testimony you accept); Packer long ago proved he's a better theologian than churchman, opposing Martyn Lloyd-Jones precisely at the point of Lloyd-Jones greatest wisdom--namely his warning of the coming train wreck in the Anglican communion; and Wenham's also gone loosey-goosey on the doctrine of the last things, particularly the doctrine of hell.
Bishop Wright? Well, among other things, Wright's a feminist advocate of women holding office in the church, despite Scripture's clear command that they not do so; he's an equivocator on the consecration of sodomitic bishops in the Anglican communion; and much of his biblical and theological writing builds the case for rapprochement with Rome.
Now we read that Bishop Wright's opposed to the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ being a defining doctrine of Christian faith. Wright says...
I have friends who I am quite sure are Christians who do not believe in the bodily resurrection... But the view I take of them--and they know this--is that they are very, very muddled. They would probably return the compliment.
Marcus Borg really does not believe Jesus Christ was bodily raised from the dead. But I know Marcus well: he loves Jesus and believes in him passionately. The philosophical and cultural world he has lived in has made it very, very difficult for him to believe in the bodily resurrection.
I actually think that's a major problem and it affects most of whatever else he does, and I think that it means he has all sorts of flaws as a teacher, but I don't want to say he isn't a Christian.
I do think, however, that churches that lose their grip on the bodily resurrection are in deep trouble and that for healthy Christian life individually and corporately, belief in the bodily resurrection is foundational.
Really, I don't get it: why listen to a Bishop who thinks it's possible to be a good Christian without believing in the bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ?
And yet... there is that accent.