Luther, Paul and the Radical Power of Grace

Wessex Centre, Inner Close, Winchester Cathedral

26th Sep 2017 7.00PM - 26th Sep 2017 Event Type: Lecture

A series of lectures which celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This fifth and final lecture is led by Prof John Barclay and is entitled "Luther, Paul and the Radical Power of Grace".

This talk will be held at the Wessex Centre, Winchester Cathedral and tickets will be £5 per lecture or £16 for all four lectures that take place at the Cathedral. For more information please contact the Box Office, call on 01962 857 275 or book online.

Did the Reformation misunderstand Paul?  So many recent scholars have argued, claiming to rediscover the 'original' Paul.  Here Luther's focus on Christ as the unmerited gift of God, with its radical consequences for the church, will be linked more positively to Paul's mission theology, where the incongruity of grace - its mismatch with the worth of its recipients - helped found innovative communities where ethnic boundaries were crossed and social norms recalibrated.  There are therefore rich resources, in both Paul and Luther, for rethinking the radical power of grace in our contemporary cultural context.

John Barclay has been at Durham as Lightfoot Professor of Divinity since 2003, having previously been professor at the University of Glasgow. His most recent book, the first of a two-part series, is a study in Pauline theology from the perspective of his theology of grace, called Paul and the Gift (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015), which explores the theological and social significance of the incongruity of grace in the formation of innovative communities, going beyond E P Sanders and the current antithesis between old and new perspectives on Paul. A collection of essays on Pauline Christians and Diaspora Judaism called Pauline Churches and Diaspora Jews has been republished in paperback in 2016 by Eerdmans.

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