N. T. Wright
Nicholas Thomas ""Tom"" Wright (born 1 December 1948) is a leading New Testament scholar and retired Anglican bishop. In academia, he is published as N. T. Wright, but otherwise tends to be known as Tom Wright. Between 2003 and his retirement in 2010, he was the Bishop of Durham. He is now Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St Mary’s College in the University of St Andrews in Scotland.Among modern New Testament scholars, Wright advocates for the necessity of scriptural evidence in regards to views on theological matters such as justification, Christ’s bodily resurrection and second coming. Additionally, he has expressed opposition both to the ordination of openly gay Christians and the blessing of same sex partnerships and marriages as occurs in the US Episcopal Church. However, he has criticised the idea of a literal rapture, traditional Christian views on life after death, co-authored a book with his friend Marcus Borg, a widely known voice of liberal Christianity, and is associated with the Open Evangelical movement and New Perspective on Paul, both of which are seen as controversial in many conservative Protestant evangelical circles.