Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues

Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues

by N. T. Wright
     
 

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Bishop, Bible scholar, and bestselling author N. T. Wright here provides a series of case studies on how to apply the Bible to the pressing issues of today. Among the topics Wright addresses are the intersection of religion and science, why women should be allowed to be ordained, what we get wrong and how we can do better when Christians engage in politics, why the

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Bishop, Bible scholar, and bestselling author N. T. Wright here provides a series of case studies on how to apply the Bible to the pressing issues of today. Among the topics Wright addresses are the intersection of religion and science, why women should be allowed to be ordained, what we get wrong and how we can do better when Christians engage in politics, why the Christian belief in heaven means we should be at the forefront of the environmental movement, and many more.

Wright fearlessly wades through the difficult issues facing us. Readers will find new models for understanding how to affirm the Bible in today's world as well as encouragement and renewed energy for deepening our faith and engaging with the culture around us.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781483004778
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/2014
Edition description:
Unabridged

Meet the Author

N. T. Wright, one of the world’s leading Bible scholars, is the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, an Anglican bishop, and bestselling author. Featured on ABC News, The Colbert Report, Dateline, and Fresh Air, Wright is the award-winning author of Simply Good News, Simply Jesus, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, How God Became King, Scripture and the Authority of God, Surprised by Scripture, and The Case for the Psalms, as well as the recent translation of the New Testament The Kingdom New Testament and the much heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God.

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