“Much evangelical Christianity on both sides of the Atlantic has based itself on the Epistles rather than the Gospels, though often misunderstanding the Epistles themselves. Indeed, in this respect evangelicalism has simply mirrored a much larger problem: the entire Western church, Catholic and Protestant, evangelical and liberal, charismatic and social activist, has not actually known what the Gospels are there for.” –N. T. Wright, from Surprised by Scripture
I’m afraid that N.T. Wright’s diagnosis of much of evangelical Christianity and the Western Church is correct, so much so that if someone attempts to balance Jesus and Paul, we find ourselves pitting Paul against Jesus and vice versa.
In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some of us object to this statement from N.T. Wright.