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Yes, I Agree, But....
on 18 October 2009
On the whole I thought this a good book. The author's arguments are clear and many Christians will appreciate his willingness to make clear what we all know, but feel diffident about saying - that God is beyond our understanding. I have long felt that requiring all the i's of faith to be dotted and all the t's to be crossed is scarcely redolent of faith. Wright's scholarship is clear and deep, but worn lightly so that one never feels he is talking down His prose style is straightforward, omitting technical or specialised vocabulary wherever possible. Just occasionally he falls into the pitfall of quoting too extensively from scripture where a single pertinent and representative passage would achieve the job as effectively without breaking up the flow of the argument.
I do think that, despite the title, Wright displays more certainty than is entirely supported by his arguments. He is, for example, clear in pointing out that developing tight timeframes for the end times based on a few passages of symbol-rich scripture is unwise. Indeed. Wright is very unsure about the 'when' of the end times, but seems remarkably clear on the 'what'. Similarly he is very clear of the necessity of a "substitutionary" understanding of the Crucifixion, but gives only one example of critiques of that understanding; and his association of Christ with exiled Israel in support of his position leaves one very large hole (that Jesus was without sin, while Israel sinned big-time) largely unfilled.