I see that Tom (aka N.T.) Wright is about to publish a book-length response to John Piper’s The Future of Justification and other critics of his teaching on the doctrine of justification.
Wright’s book will be called Justification: God’s Plan and Paul’s Vision. It will be published in the UK by SPCK in February 2009.
A sneak preview is available here.
UPDATE: IVP (America) has posted some endorsements of Wright’s book, and some of these rather predictably come from the ‘tribes’ (New Perspective people and emerging church people) who might be expected to love it. I regard Scott McKnight as a reasonable guy, but his blurb is actually quite inflammatory, encouraging polarisation and name-calling (but without actually calling any names):-
Tom Wright has out-Reformed America’s newest religious zealots–the neo-Reformed–by taking them back to Scripture and to its meaning in its historical context. Wright reveals that the neo-Reformed are more committed to tradition than to the sacred text. This irony is palpable on every page of this judicious, hard-hitting, respectful study.
Wouldn’t it have been great if John Piper or D.A. Carson had been invited to write a blurb: “N.T. Wright’s treatment of justification may not convince all his readers, but it certainly deserves to be studied closely”? But that would have been too irenic. I suppose it’s still polarised controversy, rather than civilised discussion, that sells books.
See Michael Bird’s post here.