I have just read a new book by N.T.Wright called "Surprised by Hope." I think it is a very important book and now I am going to study the book chapter by chapter.
"For years Christians have been asking, if you died tonight, do you know where you would go? It turns out that many believers have been giving the wrong answer. It is not heaven."
Do I have your attention? This line caused me to read the whole book.
Award-winning author N.T.Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian's future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright, who is one of today's premier Bible scholars, asserts that Christianity's most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection. He provides a magisterial defense for a literal resurrection of Jesus and shows how this became the cornerstone for the Christian community's hope in the bodily resurrection of all people at the end of the age. Wright then explores our expectation of 'new heavens and a new earth,' revealing what happens with the 'second coming' of Jesus. For many, including many Christians, all this will come as a great surprise.
Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation--and if this has already begun in Jesus's resurrection--the church cannot stop at 'saving souls' but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God's kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.
Lively and accessible, this book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life, not only after death but before it. (From the front cover of the book)
N.T.Wright is one of the world's top biblical scolars. Wright taught New Testament studies for 20 years at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities.
I have been challenged by this book and look forward to learning more. I would enjoy it if several would read the book and we could then get together
I ordered the book from amazon.com. It was about $16.00. Charlie Powell