Some Links

Leithart on Rosenstock-Huessy on Descartes, Marxism and Tribalism.

Bill Wilder (who made a helpful series of lectures on N.T. Wright a year or so back) writes a WTJ article on the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, arguing for a position that closely approximates to that of James Jordan. Wilder arrived at his position independently of Jordan, but cites Jordan favourably in the footnotes.

In Media Res has an interview with Jeff Meyers (whose new Ecclesiastes commentary, A Table in the Mist, I am presently enjoying) and the first part of an interview with Peter Leithart. The Leithart interview is on the subject of Postmodernism and Postmodernity. Having recently enjoyed his lecture series ‘Solomon Among the Postmoderns’ (available to purchase here), I would recommend Leithart’s treatment of postmodernity as a welcome change from many of the overly positive and negative treatments that one generally encounters.

R. Scott Clark — How We Got Here: The Roots of the Current Controversy Over Justification. Incredibly frustrating to read. The fact that misunderstandings of such magnitude persist many years into the FV debate makes one wonder if progress will ever be made. It is the introductory chapter of Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry, which can be purchased here.

With a respected source and enough repetition, the truth of many theological claims can be taken more or less for granted and seldom be subjected to close scrutiny. One such claim is Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ claim: “if your preaching of the gospel of God’s free grace in Jesus Christ does not provoke the charge from some of antinomianism you’re not preaching the gospel of the free grace of God in Jesus Christ.” Mark Horne addresses the meaning of Romans 6:1 here. I have long felt uncomfortable and have occasionally protested against the way that Romans 6:1ff. is employed as an answer to an argument for ‘antinomianism’.

Whilst Romans 6:1ff. can be used as a response to what some call ‘antinomianism’, we must be careful in using the verse in such a manner, as Paul’s point is not quite the same as our point. Terms such as ‘antinomianism’ are also unhelpful as they fail to distinguish between the moralism that we occasionally encounter in contemporary Christianity and the ‘Torah-ism’ that Paul was dealing with in the epistles. They are not the same thing and the confusion that results from conflating such things will have far-reaching effects on our reading of Paul.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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2 Responses to Some Links

  1. Since you are linking to our site ( for the PDF of Clark’s chapter, may I mention to your US readers that we have the book for sale (link)? After reading that chapter I’m not recommending it either, but some may want to pick it up to keep tabs on what the extreme anti-NPP/FV side is up to. Incidentally, I heard that Mark Garcia, in a recent class on Calvin here at Westminster Philly, dismissed the book as “Lutheranism that would be unrecognizable to Calvin.”

    Nice also to see your link to my good friend Bill Wilder. No theologian has had a profounder effect on me personally–and countless other students passing through UVa’s graduate programs–than Bill. I am glad to see him beginning to get the recognition he deserves.

  2. Al says:


    I have updated the post to include a link to the bookstore site. The remark from Mark Garcia that you mention is interesting. I am not sure whether I will end up getting a copy of the book. I already have Justification in Perspective: Historical Developments and Contemporary Challanges (ed. Bruce McCormack) on my present reading list. I am not sure that I want to read another book on the subject for a month or two.

    And, yes, I have found Bill Wilder’s work very helpful in the past. Hopefully we will hear much more from him in the future.

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