Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues

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A thoughtful and provocative collection, in the vein of the intellectual spiritual classic The Weight of Glory, from N. T. Wright, the influential Bishop, Bible scholar, and bestselling author widely regarded as a modern C. S. Lewis.

An unusual combination of scholar, churchman, and leader, N. T. Wright—hailed by Newsweek as “the world’s leading New Testament scholar”—is not only incredibly insightful, but conveys his knowledge in terms that excite and inspire Christian leaders ...

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Overview

A thoughtful and provocative collection, in the vein of the intellectual spiritual classic The Weight of Glory, from N. T. Wright, the influential Bishop, Bible scholar, and bestselling author widely regarded as a modern C. S. Lewis.

An unusual combination of scholar, churchman, and leader, N. T. Wright—hailed by Newsweek as “the world’s leading New Testament scholar”—is not only incredibly insightful, but conveys his knowledge in terms that excite and inspire Christian leaders worldwide, allowing them to see the Bible from a fresh viewpoint. In this challenging and stimulating collection of popular essays, sermons, and talks, Wright provide a series of case studies which explore how the Bible can be applied to some of the most pressing contemporary issues facing us, including:

  • Why it is possible to love the Bible and affirm evolution
  • Why women should be allowed to be ordained
  • Where Christians today have lost focus, and why it is important for them to engage in politics—and why that involvement benefits everyone
  • Why the Christian belief in heaven means we should be at the forefront of the environmental movement
  • And much more

Helpful, practical, and wise, Surprised by Scripture invites readers to examine their own hearts and minds and presents new models for understanding how to affirm the Bible in today’s world—as well as new ideas and renewed energy for deepening our faith and engaging with the world around us.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/12/2014
The prolific theologian Wright (Surprised by Hope) tackles several critical contemporary issues—such diverse subjects as women’s ordination, science and religion, biblical ecology, the problem of evil, the resurrection of Jesus—and examines them in light of Scripture. Each question is attended to in broad strokes, but with pithy prose and compassionate and serious biblical interpretation that not only puts forth novel ideas, but also deconstructs dangerous old ones (for example, misunderstandings about the Second Coming). Though he teaches at the University of St. Andrews, Wright does not write from an ivory tower. This book is meant for theologians, interested lay people, and even skeptics, who might find something unforeseen in Scripture and look at modern concerns in a new light. In each case, Wright aims “to allow the biblical writers to set the agenda rather than forcing on them a scheme of thought that does not do them justice.” To reveal some of Wright’s conclusions would be like leaking cinematic spoilers; such is the inventive and surprising way that Wright brings the Bible to bear on current, and vexatious, affairs. (June)
Christianity Today
“N.T. Wright is the most prolific biblical scholar in a generation. Some say he is the most important apologist since C. S. Lewis. . . . Perhaps the most significant praise of all: When Wright speaks, preaches, or writes, folks say they see Jesus, and lives are transformed.”
Library Journal
10/01/2014
Wright (Paul and the Faithfulness of God), a celebrated but also controversial scholar and religious leader, here gathers a rather scattershot collection of essays that address contemporary issues, including science and religion, women's ordination, the resurrection, and Adam and Eve. As in the author's earlier works about his engagement with the modern world, Wright's reflections here constitute an unsatisfactory fishtailing and display an indecisive approach. For example, he suggests that women must be allowed to study scripture yet perhaps not to the point of ordination and that Adam and Eve might have been an "early" pair of hominids selected for a special mission. VERDICT Wright's justly earned renown as a scholar should guarantee his latest collection a readership, but his continued efforts to split the discipline may not satisfy either the conservative Christians who cheered his episcopacy or the academics who cherish his earlier work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062230539
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 76,671
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham and now serves as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities, and he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, and The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as translator for The Kingdom New Testament.

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