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Some may find parts of this book disturbing of long-held beliefs, but should not be put off reading to his conclusions.
I've quoted (and credited) it often.
One particularly helpful insight was regarding the restoration of Peter after Christ's resurrection, and the depth of recognition revealed in the question 'do you love me'.
I'm sure if Tom had written as NT I wouldn't have grasped it properly and guess that in simplifying the material he's opened himself to some criticism from academics.
Wright argues that many Christians are confused about their own beliefs. He suggests that "a good deal of our current view of death and the life beyond has come from....impulses in the culture which have created at best semi-Christian informal traditions". These require "proper examination in the clear light of scripture". He points out that "the idea that every human possesses an immortal soul, which is the 'real' part of them, finds little support in the Bible." When used in the Bible the word 'soul' conveys the idea of the whole person, the personality, rather than "a disembodied entity hidden within the outer shell of the disposable body." In addition, Wright places the concept of life after death in the context of first century Judaism and beliefs existing in both Greece and Rome.
Anyone looking for the resurrection as myth will be disappointed. Wright has no doubt that the resurrection is historical fact which makes "the strange story of Easter" compelling.Read more ›
His basic thesis is as follows: many christians have muddled beliefs about death, resurrection and the afterlife. This then leads on to a confused idea of how the ideas of life after death relate to ideas of life before death. The book outlines some of the current ideas about these topics and Wright contrasts these with the beliefs of the early church, or what we might consider to be "authentic" christian belief. He demonstrates how some ideas that are commonly assumed to be christian are in fact adopted or adapted from alternative sources.
Having set out his stall with the historic evidence for the resurrection, what the ascension meant and what the earliest christian hope was for "life after life after death" he then moves on to the idea of salvation. The two key questions posed, which I think we all ought to answer, are:
1) What are we saved from?
2) What are we saved for?
Wright's particular answer is framed in terms of creation and new creation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book changes the way we look at resurrection and the way we look at the future of the whole universe.Published 3 months ago by George
Haven't read it yet, but Tom Wright's reputation plus my reading of many of his other books gives me a good anticipation.Published 4 months ago by R. Wilson
This is a very interesting approach to Christian Hope. It requires concentration.Published 4 months ago by D. Cashman
A challenging and exciting examination of what happens when we die and what "going to heaven" really means for those who die and for those who live on ( for the moment)Published 6 months ago by Roger M
what a load of waffle - terrible style - for g'd sake make your point man! such a frustrating read - so slow - so long winded - doesn't know how to be succinct. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr Blobby
I am full of praise for this book which, in a readable style, tells us what the Bible says about God's plan to rescue the whole Cosmos, and what part humans will play in the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs. J. E. M. Napier
This is a challenging book. It seeks to refine and develop the notion of bodily resurrection. It is critical of those views that see heaven in purely spiritual; terms. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J. S. Marsh