In his book, How God Became King, N. T. Wright charges the church with neglecting the four canonical Gospels. He doesn’t relent in his critique when it comes to evangelicals. Those who claim the rhetorical high ground of “biblical authority” have also treated the Gospels badly.
He criticizes evangelical churches for reading the Gospels through a Reformation lens. Evangelicals have inherited a certain conception of Paul and have shaped their theological vision accordingly. Our gospel is oriented by justification by faith, and this has become the foundation upon which we construct our vision for ministry and understanding of Christian discipleship.
Wright charges that evangelicals tend to use the four Gospels merely as illustrative material for our already-developed theology. They have little value beyond this.
Do you agree with this assessment? Have evangelicals neglected or mistreated the Gospels in proclamation and as resources for theological development? Why do you think this is so?