- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: SPCK Publishing (May 20, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0281064768
- ISBN-13: 978-0281064762
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 257 customer reviews
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' ... an exceptional piece of Christian apologetics, and it is hard to think of a parallel since Lewis.' David Winter, Church Times 'I am very much impressed by the Bishop's book. He makes it absolutely fresh. He presents the case for Christianity as something new for the first time. It is enormously important especially in the UK where the Christian religion has virtually disappeared. It is absolutely wonderful, absolutely radical and very powerful.' Professor Antony Flew, author of The Presumption of Atheism
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Why do we expect justice? Why do we crave spirituality? Why are we attracted to beauty? Why are relationships often so painful? And how will the world be made right? These are not simply perennial questions all generations must struggle with, but, according to N. T. Wright, are the very echoes of a voice we dimly perceive but deeply long to hear. In fact, these questions take us to the heart of who God is and what He wants from us.
For two thousand years, Christianity has claimed to solve these mysteries, and this renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop shows that it still can today. Not since C. S. Lewis's classic summary of the faith, Mere Christianity, has such a wise and thorough scholar taken the time to explain to anyone who wants to know what Christianity really is and how it is practiced. Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming that the reader has no knowledge of (and perhaps even some aversion to) religion in general and Christianity in particular.
Simply Christian walks the reader through the Christian faith step by step and question by question. With simple yet exciting and accessible prose, Wright challenges skeptics by offering explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled dilemmas, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith. For anyone who wants to travel beyond the controversies that can obscure what the Christian faith really stands for, this simple book is the perfect vehicle for that journey.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The teachings of Jesus, the Uber-Subversive of both Jewish and Greco-Roman perspectives, inverts the political, moral, and aesthetic world order, where the Virgin's Magnificat is held out for the final subversion: "To dethrone the powerful, and exalt the lowly." Like all discontents, Jesus seeks to overthrow the natural world order by devaluing the present world for the world to come. He overthrows the legalism of his ancestors, and he repudiates Greek virtues of justice, courage, prudence, and temperance for injustice (turn the other cheek), meekness, abandoning family and wealth, and asceticism. Jesus's institution of the Eucharist is literally cannibalism and vampirism, which caused alienation among his disciples for violating the dietary laws of the Levitical Code of Holiness.
Jesus is the Uber-Loser who seeks to overthrow the powers that rule, from Caesar to Mammon to Sanhedrin to the Law, to instantiate the "spirit" and the "kingdom." Saint Paul follows and cannot avoid his own legalisms, seems to preach values that often conflict with Jesus's, and is a Platonic Jew as much as he is a Christian. Sex, food, clothing, happiness, joy, pride, virtue, etc. are all depreciated, since God's Chosen have been predestined to salvation, at once pawns in a cosmic game, at the other ordered to work out one's salvation in fear and trembling.
Why does this make sense? Why would a "jealous, possessive, wrathful, capricious" deity make humans in "their" image, yet punish them for learning the difference between good and evil from the Tree of Life? Why would this same deity abandon his righteous servants Moses, Job, and Jesus, but then save the Divinely Elected? Original sin, total depravity, crucifixion and resurrection, ascension, turning water into wine, healing the mentally ill, raising the dead, Virgin birth, eschatological parousia, the kingdom, hating families, are not values one normally associates with "goodness," but of elites who believe blindly, repent, and get salvation, but only if the judgment is fair, and Yahweh's judgments are rarely fair or equitable.
Absurdities never make sense, and Tertullian nailed it with his observation. Thus, an apologist needs to give reasons why he believes Christianity make sense, not just assert it, because most of Christianity makes no sense, as one absurdity follows another, and the natural, moral, and political orders are deliberately inverted. Why? Wright never answers.
As an antidote to wayward overboard scholasticism and hyper-reliance on extra-Biblical exegetical methodology (really the same old eisegesis that inserts unscriptural stuff into one's interpretating) read Peter's and Paul's sermons in Acts to see how they compare to the christism of this book. If you simply want authentic original apostolic Christianity inspired by the Holy Spirit, Acts is ultimate Primary Source for the real thing.