This book offers a fascinating analysis and response to the fundamental questions that face any believer today. Sadly becoming daily more topical, this book explores all aspects of evil - our contemporary and theological understanding, and the ways in which evil presents itself in society today. It is fully grounded in the bible, sparkling, ...
This book offers a fascinating analysis and response to the fundamental questions that face any believer today. Sadly becoming daily more topical, this book explores all aspects of evil - our contemporary and theological understanding, and the ways in which evil presents itself in society today. It is fully grounded in the bible, sparkling, erudite and provocative. Within the context of NT Wright's other works, this book is similar in writing/reading level to "The Challenge of Jesus". A version of this book was given as lectures at Westminster Abbey, which should add to the London sale.
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N.T. Wright is a magnificent writer and it shows in this book. What does not show is his incredible ability as a scholar. If you have read his other works of similar title (e.g. The Resurrection of the Son of God; The New Testament and the People of God), you will immediately notice that this book does not fit with the others. It is a good work for what it is--a popular level, introduction to how God will respond to evil in the world--but it is simply not a piece of scholarship. For those really wanting to deal with the problem of evil in an academic fashion, I recommend picking up William Lane Craig's
Publishers Weekly, 2006-09-25 Why does evil persist in a world created by a good God? And why does the church seem so feeble in counteracting evil? Wright, a New Testament scholar who is Anglican bishop of Durham, U.K., and author of several well-received volumes, including Jesus and the Victory of God, addresses these questions in a readable and compelling plea to renew the church's compassionate mission in these challenging times. While many look to secular institutions to fix society's problems, Wright counsels that Christians must envision what life will be like in the coming Kingdom, and then suggests ways in which they can help bring about that world-one where suffering and war are things of the past. Wright expresses godly concern and deep devotion, and offers a vision that he believes is workable even in the midst of so many problems. He sees the call to the church as an extension of God's call to Israel: to be a light to all the nations, a vessel of God's love to the whole world. Jesus, he insists, "articulates and models the call to Israel to be Israel." Wright calls upon the church to accept the challenge to represent God in the world in its service and its witness, and to reach out to those who are hurting. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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