An earlier generation of scholars were fond of questing for the “center” of Paul’s theology. Even in the midst of occasional, contingent situations, they believe there was an inner logic, a coherence to Paul’s thinking. Today, scholars are less prone to talk about “center” though they do use adjectives like “central,” “integral,” and the like. I’m wondering are we beyond trying to locate a theological center for Paul, a conceptual place from which he theologizes?
In an earlier book (Rediscovering Jesus, IVP , with E. R. Richards and Rodney Reeves)I went in quest for the center of Paul’s theology and decided on the following criteria.
How can the center of Paul’s theology be determined? Put another way, what criteria will lead us to the center? The center will be that/those aspect/s of Paul’s theology that best satisfies the following criteria:
The center must be
1.. integral: it finds expression…
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