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08/10/2009

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Baus

Thanks for the intro to this lexicon. I also enjoyed what you mentioned in part2.

(mostly) off-topic...
You write:
"[For Cremer] 'righteousness' is not conformity to a norm, but the fulfillment of the demands that are inherent to a given relationship or covenant. "

I don't suppose this is what the NPP writers ever mean by "covenant faithfulness," *however*, don't we believe that the norm of righteousness is also a demand inherent in a covenant (e.g., covenant of works)?

Isn't this another example, like that of "eschatological justification," where the NPP (or maybe this concerns Wright only) is distorting a notion we also affirm in a different sense?


Lee Irons

Yes, we do believe that the norm of righteousness is also a demand inherent in the covenant of works. But the moral law enshrined in the covenant of works is an expression of God's unchanging righteous nature. By contrast, Cremer and his successors argued that there is no objective norm lying outside the relationship. Cremer said, "Das Verhältnis selbst ist die Norm" ("The relationship itself is the norm") (p. 36).

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