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The God I Don't Understand: Reflections on Tough Questions of Faith Hardcover – November 27, 2008
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'Christopher J. H. Wright boldly explores the four most difficult subjects Christians will generally face: the problem of evil, the genocide of Joshua, how modern culture can make sense of the cross, and prophecies about the end of the world. In each case, Wright uses his long experience as a theologian/teacher to skillfully and winsomely bring us through the dead-end solutions we often hear and lead us in fruitful and promising directions. This is not a book filled with the usual piety or apologetic drivel so often found in such treatments: it is a tough-minded and courageous wrestling match with profound issues of faith reminiscent of John Stott. Few of us would take on such a task. Wright has not only done it well--- but supremely well.' -- Gary M. Burge, Professor, of New Testament, Wheaton College <br><br> --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
About the Author
Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright is International Director of the Langham Partnership International. After teaching the Old Testament in India and the UK, he also served as chair of the Lausanne Movement’s Theology Working Group and was the chief architect of the Cape Town Commitment at the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010. His books include: Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, Deuteronomy (Understanding the Bible Commentary), Salvation Belongs to Our God, The Mission of God, The God I Don't Understand, and The Mission of God's People. Chris and his wife Liz who have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren, live in London, Uk, and belong to All Souls Church.
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That is what the bible does, revealing to us what we can at best approximate with our finite minds and pointing to a deeper mystery that no man has yet seen, touched or imagined. Wright achieves a delicate balance between solid biblical understanding and epistemic humility. Definitely a good, edifying and informative read!
I picked up Wright's book primarily because of my own personal journey in suffering and my desire to help others in their journeys. So, it was the first part of the book in which Wright discusses evil and suffering that motivated me to read. I wound up reading the whole book.
His discussion of evil and suffering was refreshingly honest. I found it helpful, and an echo of some of the same conclusions that my journey was already forming inside me. We actually don't have the final answer to 'the problem of evil,' and it has been designed that way by God! The book is worth reading for that first section alone.
He goes on to write three more sections, as the other reviewers have adequately noted. I will make only a comment or two on his fourth section which deals with the question, What about the end of the world?
Here I read with raised eyebrows when he implied that the premil position is 'folk Christianity.' Folk Christianity? That means, not real Christianity at all? I too am not satisfied with the presentation of end times events that the Left Behind book series presents, but I'm not sure that I'm ready to call it 'folk Christianity!'
But even with that said, I read the fourth section with great interest and applaud Wright for his thoughtful presentation of biblical evidence that points to the three exciting events that we all agree are going to happen in the end. In his conclusion he said, "I cannot suppress the rising emotional tide of excitement and anticipation that I always feel when thinking (or singing) about these great biblical truths about the new creation." Well, Christopher Wright, you have contributed to my own excitement and anticipation, and for that I thank you!