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Bringing the Church to the World Paperback – January, 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bethany House Pub (January 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556613180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556613180
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,078,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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N.T. WRIGHT is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now serving 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. As being both one of the world's leading Bible scholars and a popular author, he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. His award-winning books include The Case for the Psalms, How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, The Meaning of Jesus (co-authored with Marcus Borg), as well as being the translator for The Kingdom New Testament. He also wrote the impressive Christian Origins and the Question of God series, including The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrection of the Son of God and most recently, Paul and the Faithfulness of God.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul on July 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
Tom (aka N.T.) Wright wrote this one as a series of Lenten meditations for the parish of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1992. It was published in British and American editions, the British edition being a small-format paperback entitled New Tasks for a Renewed Church and published by Hodder & Stoughton.
Throughout the book the author emphasizes the differences between trinitarianism, dualism and monism. He points out two different kinds of dualism--the metaphysical and the moral--and urges us not to confuse them in any way. He says that there is a metaphysical dualism between spirit and matter, idealism and materialism; and there is a moral dualism between good and evil, right and wrong. His criticism is that Christians have commonly identified the two dualisms, understanding material existence as an evil that must be escaped. This, Wright contends, is the root of the Gnostic heresy, which is soundly refuted by the Incarnation, since Christ has sanctified human life and the physical existence by entering into it. This world and this life are thus not a necessary evil to be endured, but an opportunity to manifest the presence of God in all areas of our lives here. Somewhat in alignment with the Protestant tradition from which he comes, Wright spends much of the first part of the book urging his readers to integrate their faith with their everyday lives and the culture in which they live, which are to be sanctified by the presence of God brought to bear on them by faith.
At the same time, he argues, the answer is not to move over to a pantheistic, monistic understanding of Christian faith, as some liberal and 'green' churches are wont to do. He deals quite convincingly with neopaganism in the church, being careful to point out that this world has an independent existence from the God who created it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on August 2, 2008
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As usual, N.T. Wright has written a book filled with both inspiring and convicting depictions of what it means to be a Christian in pagan world and what we as individuals and as a church should be doing (but usually aren't) to be that light that Christ has called us to be. This book hasn't gotten as much 'play' as Wright's other, more recent. books, but it is one of the best he has written and one of those that one must read at least twice to get its full impact. Shows again why Wright is the top theologian in the world today
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