N.T. Wright: The Gospels Have Been Taken Too Lightly
N.T. Wright stormed the gates of Calvin College in Michigan to deliver the message that the Gospels have been taken too lightly.
The renowned theologian was the final speaker of Calvin College's annual January Series on Tuesday, and drew an overflowing crowd of 1,400 people.
"The upshot of the talk was to say that for too long Jesus' life has been skipped. In terms of faith, we treat the Gospel stories too lightly," Scott Hoezee, the director of the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin College, told The Christian Post on Wednesday. "We cannot understand the Gospels overall arch and its details unless we understand that it's a continuation of Israel's story."
Most of Wright's talk was about his upcoming book, How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels. Western Christianity has squeezed between faith based on incarnation and the cross. Wright argues that the current understanding of Jesus is connected with what we, as individuals, know to be true about him.
"He conveyed a clear message and was very thorough and to the point," Hoezee said, "Basically the Gospels work like a quadraphonic system where each speaker would play a different musical instrument, all turned up to hear the full volume of the Gospels."
Wright compares the Gospels to that of listening to a symphony – no one Gospel can be turned down otherwise everything sounds unclear, according to The Grand Rapids Press.