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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: SPCK Publishing (20 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281064768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281064762
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I am very much impressed by the Bishop's book. He makes it absolutely fresh. He presents the case for Christianity as something new for the first time. It is enormously important especially in the UK where the Christian religion has virtually disappeared. It is absolutely wonderful, absolutely radical and very powerful.' --Professor Antony Flew, author of The Presumption of Atheism

'. . . an exceptional piece of Christian apologetics, and it is hard to think of a parallel since Lewis,' --David Winter, Church Times

'an exceptional piece of Christian apologetics, and it is hard to think of a parallel since Lewis.' --David Winter, Church Times

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Why is justice fair? Why are so many people pursuing spirituality? Why do we crave relationship? And why is beauty so beautiful? N. T. Wright argues that each of these questions takes us into the mystery of who God is and what he wants from us. For two thousand years Christianity has claimed to answer these mysteries, and this renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop shows that it still does today. Like C. S. Lewis did in his classic Mere Christianity, Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming that the reader is starting from ground zero with no predisposition to and perhaps even some negativity toward religion in general and Christianity in particular. His goal is to describe Christianity in as simple and accessible, yet hopefully attractive and exciting, a way as possible, both to say to outsides oYou might want to look at this further, o and to say to insiders oYou may not have quite understood this bit clearly yet.o" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A friend used to tell the story of being lost in rural Ireland on holiday. Stopping a local farmer, he asked the way to Dublin. The farmer replied, "Well now, if I were trying to get to Dublin, I wouldn't start from here."

The genius of this book, which I have found enormously helpful in clarifying what I think about Christianity, is that it starts from where I and, I suspect, many others Westerners find themselves. This is not a book which requires you to be on the wavelength of the already-committed Christian or to be familiar with her in-house vocabulary. The author is clearly used to addressing a wider audience.

I have to confess that I have little patience with the religious jargon or party-politics of the kind found in some of the other reviews on this page. As I try to understand what Jesus may have to say to me about God, I find the in-fighting of his followers over the precise meaning of words like "atonement" or debates about whether the Reformers or the Roman Catholics have it right, profoundly unhelpful and unattractive. Such discussions do not make me want to go searching for God if I have to do so in the company of those who enjoy splitting theological hairs or putting each other down.

Tom Wright, however, caught my attention immediately not only with his crystal-clear prose and fresh, provocative imagery but with the insight that the reader will know what he means when he speaks of the Echoes we have all heard which speak to us of the greater reality for which we are all looking.
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Tom Wright has a grand vision for Christianity. It is not

primarily one of going out and bringing people into the

church. It is not primarily about faith as assent to a

system of propositions describing correct belief about God

and our salvation. It is about God's great rescue mission

that started through creating a people Israel, and climaxed

in the appearance of Jesus as God amongst mankind. It is

about his death and rising from the dead as the first born

of a new redeemed creation, so that we could all share in

that resurrection and the resulting new creation life, and

take part in our great God given task of putting creation

to right. Tom Wright does seek to point people outside the

church towards faith in God, but his principle burden is

present such a vibrant vision of active faith that people

will find themselves summoned to rise from beneath their

pall of inaction, so that they will be inspired to take

part in the great rescue mission.

This is not the easiest book to read. Neither is it a book

which Christians can pick up to be comforted in their

certainties. It does read like a professor trying to bring

down his thoughts to an everyday level, sometimes he is

more successful, sometimes less so.

What this is not is the vision of someone trying to

undermine the historic Christian Faith, as some reviews

here have alleged.
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Alot of the reviews you read of this book on Amazon.co.uk deal with a controversy surrounding the academic research Tom Wright has engaged in that has very little to do with this book. If you are:

a) a Christian who wants to understand the grand narrative of Christianity better and get a better handle on Scripture

b) a non-Christian who wants to educate themselves on what Christianity actually is

c) a new Christian who is grappling for somewhere to hold on to

then this book is ideal. It may not be quite as earth-shattering as Mere Christianity but the comparison stands because over the coming years who knows what influence this book might have?

All the complaints about this book are about the Bishop's academic research into the Jewish context Jesus and his followers lived in and the controversy has to do with a historical question to do with Pharisees and reformer, theological terms like imputed or vindicated and a section of evangelical Christianity that feels very threatened. For most of you considering this book, it is all over your head. Its an academic discussion that has become a popular one because of the very huge success Wright has had in making his case. His writing, even his scholarly efforts (which are published as NT Wright) are accessible to any interested reader. Some people have started with an interest and ended up having nightmares which is unfortunate for them. But their reviews of this book are unduly clouded by these tangential concerns.

This book, taken on its own, independent of any furore surrounding Tom Wright, is a superb introduction to Christianity.
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