Richard B. Hays on N. T. Wright

Richard B. Hays, the esteemed Dean of Duke Divinity School, presented a critique of a few aspects of his good friend N. T. Wright’s work. The critique had to do, largely, with the relation between history and story, with Wright trying to be ever faithful to the historical side of things, frequently drawing on extra-Biblical literature. Hays acknowledges that such an approach has had tremendous upsides. In the first video, Hays briefly outlines five “gains” of Wright’s work. The list is remarkable. In the second video, Hays shows how Wright might have more agreements with the late, great Karl Barth then he might suspect, though they are a few aspects that they would disagree on. Both clips give insight into the massive importance of Wright’s work and serve as fine summaries as to why I love N. T. Wright.

[The clips are taken from the Theological Conference based on Wright’s work held at Wheaton College in April, 2010. The complete lecture can be viewed HERE. The other lectures, rebuttals, and panel discussions from the conference can be viewed for free on iTunesU.]

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Glenn Packiam is one of the associate senior pastors at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the lead pastor of New Life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church. Glenn earned a Doctorate in Theology and Ministry from Durham University in the UK. He also holds BA in Theological/Historical Studies and Masters in Management from Oral Roberts University, and a Graduate Certificate in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Glenn and his wife, Holly, have four children.