Re: [XTalk] nt wright website
- At 12:36 PM 10/30/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Hello listers,Thanks, Jim. There is a direct connection to this list to be found there.
>you might like to look at
>which is a page with nt wright materials. about half way down is a section
>of audio clips and such that you can listen to. i recommend you go to the
>"evil" lecture. it is really excellent.
A bit of Ancient History: During February of 1996, a group of scholars was
convened under the heading, "Jesus at 2000," counting from the consensus
year of the birth of Jesus (4 BC). The original videoconference lasted
several days, and featured John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, Harvey Cox,
and others. The videoconference was hosted by HarperCollins, and as an
afterthought they set up an e-mail discussion group following the
conference that had an interesting two-tiered format. The top tier
consisted of a Triumvirate of debaters, including Crossan and Borg. But
because there had been criticism that the original group had been tilted
towards liberals, Luke Timothy Johnson was invited to join Crossan and
Borg. During Lent, 1996, they took turns writing a lead essay at the
beginning of each week, followed that week by responses from the other two.
Thus, the plan was that during the 6 weeks of Lent, each scholar would
contribute two lead essays and 4 responding essays. Thus the top tier.
The second tier consisted of the hoi polloi; I joined in the second week.
The essays of the top tier debaters were sent to all of the second tier
subscribers, who could debate among themselves on the list, but could not
ask questions of the principles. HarperCollins subsequently published some
account of this exchange, I believe.
As a sequel to this e-mail debate, HarperCollins hosted a shorter
videoconference. Wright, Crossan and Luke Timothy Johnson were invited
back, and in addition, Tom Wright was invited. Finally, and perhaps as
a gesture towards inclusiveness towards women, Dierdre Good was invited.
This videoconference was entitled, "The conversation continues," and a
transcript of this videoconference is on the website at
However, note that this is the XTalk website, not Tom Wright's website,
even though a link for it may be found on the web site about Wright
provided by Jim from Goodacre's fabulous website.
I saw this videoconference, too. Wright was energetic and assertive; Borg
looked like he was suffering from jet lag or heartburn or something, and
was not at his best. Crossan was typical Crossan. Good seemed somewhat
nonplussed by the whole thing. But judge for yourselves.
Robert M. Schacht, Ph.D., Research Associate
Northern Arizona University
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