What have you been thinking about? Platonised Christianity Wright begins with the observation that most people, Christian and non-Christian, have a highly Platonised understanding of Christianity.
They think that the Christian hope is simply that we will go to heaven when we die, leaving this poor world behind forever. His problem with that is not just that it misunderstands the Bible, but that it completely undercuts the present mission of the church.
In such a Platonised view, the only thing that matters is evangelism. Resurrection In the core sections of the book, Wright shows that the overall plan and purpose of God is not just to snatch a few up to some ethereal heaven, but to redeem and restore and renew his creation and to reign over it as king.
There will be a new heaven and new earth over which Jesus reigns, in person, and in which we will live as whole people in resurrected bodies. The good news is that this has already begun. The death and physical resurrection of Jesus which Wright defends robustly was the decisive event where evil was defeated and new creation was launched.
Launched Kingdom What then is the mission of the church?
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|My attitude at the outset was a bit skeptical but overall very curious as to how Wright would make his arguments and whether or not he could win me over because I am sooo important. I also think he builds a good case for the bodily resurrection of the saints in the life after life after death.|
We all believe that future hope has implications for present living. Problems with the Cross So what not to like? Parts of the book are hard going.
His discussion of eternal torment versus annihilation offers a third alternative which few will like. Some of his exegesis is too subtle for my liking.
Some of his application relates too much to the Anglican Church.
My one major reservation is that he seems to regard the defeat of evil as the heart of what was achieved on the Cross, whereas I feel John Stott and others have shown convincingly that substitutionary sacrifice lies at the very heart of the Cross.
Surprised by Hope is a superb book, first for its profound biblical and theological exposition of the hope we have, but most of all for the way it shows the active connection between that hope and our lives and work today. Surprised by Hope Author: Tom Wright Publication Details: It is published here by the kind permission of the editors.
For a free sample issue or to subscribe to Evangelicals Now, click here.3. Judaism was rather vague about the kind of bodies the resurrection would bring – but right from the start in Christianity it is clearly taught that the new body will be physical, but will be a transformed body with new physical properties.
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Wright. What is the source of Christian hope? Can the hope found in Jesus really transform our . Rethinking Heaven: An Overview Of NT Wright’s Book “Surprised By Hope” FD convo 4/23/ by Rev.
Kevin Twit ([email protected]) Introduction: O bv i ou sl y, th n eam rfw NTW g c k“S pdBH: Rethinking Heaven, The Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church” (© HarperOne) – these are not my ideas, though at. Surprised by Hope therefore summarizes Wright’s older, massive, and outstanding book The Resurrection of the Son of God.
What is important to see here is that the resurrection is irreducibly physical.
People in the ancient world believed in spirits, ghosts, and the like, but they did not confuse things like these with the idea of a resurrection. May 16, · In chapter 5 of Surprised by Hope, N.T. Wright describes two views of history that he thinks are not the Christian view.
He points out that many Christians have held these views of history, and that aspects of them resemble the Christian view of kaja-net.com: Awaiting Redemption. Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N. T. Wright New York: HarperOne, Heaven has always been the focus of hope for those who follow Christ.
But if N. T. Wright is correct, many of us who have fixed our hope on heaven have missed the point. Wright is Bishop of Durham for the Church of.