Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright

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In Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, top-selling author and Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright tackles the biblical question of what happens after we die and shows how most Christians get it wrong. We do not “go to” heaven; we are resurrected and heaven comes down to earth--a difference that makes all of the difference to how we live on earth. Following N.T. Wright’s resonant exploration of a life of faith in Simply Christian, the award-winning author whom Newsweek calls “the world’s leading New Testament scholar” takes on one of life’s most controversial topics, a matter of life, death, spirituality, and survival for everyone living in the world today. 


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N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham and now serves as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities, and he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, and The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as translator for The Kingdom New Testament.
Published April 24, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 356 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Wright, one of the greatest, and certainly most prolific, Bible scholars in the world, will touch a nerve with this book. What happens when we die? How should we think about heaven, hell, purgatory an

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But Christian teaching of life after death should really be an emphasis on ""life after life after death""-the resurrection of the body, which is also the ground for all faithful political action, as the last part of this book argues.

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The book was sent to me by a friend who works with grieving children, and who described this as 'one of the worst books for children' and said, 'I hope you find this awful book helpful in what not to say'!

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The point now, the point always, is that God has promised to redeem the whole world through his created human beings, thereby rescuing those human beings in the process, but not as the point of it all.

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As long as we see 'Christian hope' in terms of 'going to heaven,' of a 'salvation' which is essentially away from this world, the two questions are bound to appear unrelated...But if the 'Christian hope' is for God's new creation, for 'new heavens and new earth'--and of that hope has already come...

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However his view concerning justification is troubling and the fact that many solid leaders like Piper and Dever’s have had to come out in defense of the classic view is clear to me that this new perspective on Paul is faulty .Even witout reading Piper’s book , which I have on order, when I have ...

Apr 24 2008 | Read Full Review of Surprised by Hope

Assuming that Jesus “is indeed talking about how to go to heaven when you die” may make us feel secure about the afterlife, but, says Wright, it “is certainly not what Jesus or Matthew had in mind.” (18) So, barring those mentions of Heaven in Jesus’ cryptic kingdom teachings, we are left with so...

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