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Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues

Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues

by N. T. Wright


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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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062230546
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 572,070
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He serves as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews as well as Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of many books, including Paul: A Biography, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, The Day the Revolution Began, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, and Scripture and the Authority of God.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Healing the Divide Between Science and Religion 1

2 Do We Need a Historical Adam? 26

3 Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection? 41

4 The Biblical Case for Ordaining Women 64

5 Jesus Is Coming-Plant a Tree! 83

6 9/11, Tsunamis, and the New Problem of Evil 108

7 How the Bible Reads the Modern World 129

8 Idolatry 2.0 149

9 Our Politics Are Too Small 163

10 How to Engage Tomorrow's World 182

11 Apocalypse and the Beauty of God 197

12 Becoming People of Hope 207

Acknowledgments 219

Scripture Index 221

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