N.T. Wright on Anslem, Piper, and where to begin proper theology

I am trying to write a short paper comparing Anselm and Abelard and their views on justification, so like all great thinkers on this issue, I turn to N.T. Wright for clarity. He writes,

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…that Anselm of Canterbury, who gave a massive impetus to Western thought on the person and work of Jesus…was working within a highly judicial context. He drew on Latin concepts of law and “right” and applied them to the biblical sources in a way which, as we can now see, was bound to distort both the essentially Hebraic thought-forms in which the biblical material was rooted and the first -century Greek thought-forms within which the New Testament was designed to resonate…

….sixteenth and seventeenth century supplied so many new ideas and categories from the concepts and controlling storiesĀ  current at the time that, while they remain a wonderful example and encouragement in many things, they must not be taken as the final court of appeal. (The same could be said, once more, of Anselm and the categories of his day.) It is worrying to find Piper encouraging readers to go back, not to the first century, but to “the Christian renewal movements of sixteenth-century Europe.” To described that period as offering the “historic roots” of evangelicalism is profoundly disturbing. Proper evangelicals are root in Scripture…” (47, 51)

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