Life[ edit ] Childhood and education[ edit ] Wright was born in Belfast , Northern Ireland , in His parents were missionaries in Brazil, though Chris as the youngest son was born after they came back at the end of the Second World War. He grew up in Belfast and was nurtured as an Irish Presbyterian. He studied classics at Cambridge in the s, and then started his career as a high-school teacher in Grosvenor High School , Belfast. Early professional experience[ edit ] Wright was ordained in the Anglican Church of England in and served as an assistant pastor in the Parish Church of St.

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First, the reader must acquire a general and broad understanding of OT law and its various categories and functions.

But Wright also correctly recognizes structural discontinuity along with continuity in the progressively developing plotline of the Bible. That in turn functions to authorize and to set boundaries around our freedom to act in the world … these realities authorize our action in mission.

They make our mission appropriate, legitimate and indeed necessary and inevitable. The authority for our mission flows from the Bible because [emphasis added] the Bible reveals the reality on which our mission is based. I have three realities in mind, which are rendered to us first by the Old Testament Scriptures and then confirmed in the New. In these biblical texts we encounter the reality of this God, the reality of this story, and the reality of this people [original emphasis].

In the text view, event-revelation is acknowledged as a legitimate category, but text-revelation remains the only focus for determining authoritative meaning, since it is the only divinely-inspired interpretation of event-revelation. Rather than a broadened or blurred doctrine of revelation, a clear distinction between text-revelation and event-revelation should be maintained, with authoritative guidance for ethical decision-making sought only in text-revelation and not also in event-revelation.

This contrasts to a view of greater discontinuity which assumes that Old Covenant responsibilities do not necessarily continue into the New Covenant, unless explicitly reaffirmed. Just because Scripture reveals a certain scope and scale to what God is doing does not mean that Scripture also assigns the church today a responsibility of similar scope and scale.

Rather, believers should pay closer attention to the responsibilities which the NT explicitly assigns them. The creation narratives cannot be used to justify privatized, individual ownership, since it is to mankind as a whole that the earth is entrusted. Yes, human property rights are not ultimate because God is the supreme owner of all his creation, but this fact does not mean that Genesis assigns priority to common human ownership above individual property rights.

But Wright not only discovers biblical support in Genesis for an ongoing requirement of the equitable distribution of land and other natural resources.

For instance, at the distribution time, Ephraim and Manasseh complained to Joshua that their allotment was not equitable for the size of their tribes Josh , 16 , a complaint which Joshua dismissed Josh , For example, the tribe of Benjamin was reduced to men in Judges after having been numbered at 45, in Numbers And indeed, taken to a wider level still, the jubilee speaks volumes to the massive issue of international debt.

Or to put it more crudely, is capitalism the problem and government the solution? A more balanced perspective would see that human governments are themselves a significant cause of global poverty and environmental destruction and that free markets are also a crucial part of the solutions.

Economist R. Markets are not perfect, but they are superior to the regulatory alternative. Where such rights have been absent or suppressed, the results have been less fortunate. The lack of property rights and profit motivations discouraged efficiency, placing a greater stress on natural resources. The result was an environmental disaster. The market already plays a critical role in protecting those resources which are privately owned and for which political interference is minimal.

Therefore, those concerned with protecting the environment and ensuring human prosperity should seek to expand capitalism, through the extension of property rights, to the broadest possible range of environmental resources. Our objective should be to reduce, not expand, political interference in both the human and natural resources.

In this, Wright is a wonderful model for other believers to follow. There are other ways of conceiving of the covenantal macro-structure of the canon that do not demand the specificity and force of authoritative economic application that Wright proposes. Christopher J. Martyn Eden and David F.


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