Mitch Joel on his blog had interesting post on Thought Leaders. This is an excerpt from the post…
Who really is a thought leader?
Pushing beyond semantics, a thought leader is someone who is sharing…their own unique perspective. That would be the “thought” component of the equation. A thought leader is someone whose unique perspective is seen and accredited by both peers or other industry experts as truly being visionary…Leadership isn’t just about being first. Leadership is about how the thinking is ingested and used by the audience…Thought leadership is sharing the vision, having the vision being accepted by the industry at large and having that vision become a part of the DNA and how that industry moves forward.
Given this description who are the real ‘Thought Leaders’ in Pauline scholarship?
This is my initial bibliography for studying Paul’s use of “in Christ” – see Summer Blogging. Some I have read before and have included some basic thoughts in parentheses. I would appreciate your feedback on who is missing, who has been helpful to you in studying the phrase:
1. Adolf Deissmann (Christ-intimacy – communion not union)
2. Wilhelm Bousset (comprehensive fellowship – spiritual relationship with exalted Lord)
3. Albert Schweitzer (Christ-mysticism; fellowship with God mediated through mystical union w/ Christ)
4. John Murray (union with Christ – Christ dwells in his people and his people dwell in him)
5. Karl Barth – (participation [objective] in Christ – human nature does not exist apart from its being in Christ; union [subjective] with Christ – realised only through obedience)
6. E.P. Sanders – (participation – by sharing in Christ’s death one dies to power of sin thus belonging to God; a present reality)
7. Michael Gorman – (theosis – like God; transformative participation in the kenotic, cruciform character of God through Spirit-enabled conformity to the incarnate, crucified, and resurrected/glorified Christ)
8. Con Campbell – (reading now)
Others to Consider: James Dunn, Tom Wright, Richard Hays, Douglas Campbell, Susan Eastman, Lou Martyn, John Barclay, Beverly Gaventa, Bruce Longenecker, Ben Blackwell, Tom Schreiner, Doug Moo…