Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues

N.T. Wright. HarperOne, $24.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-06-223053-9
The prolific theologian Wright (Surprised by Hope) tackles several critical contemporary issues—such diverse subjects as women’s ordination, science and religion, biblical ecology, the problem of evil, the resurrection of Jesus—and examines them in light of Scripture. Each question is attended to in broad strokes, but with pithy prose and compassionate and serious biblical interpretation that not only puts forth novel ideas, but also deconstructs dangerous old ones (for example, misunderstandings about the Second Coming). Though he teaches at the University of St. Andrews, Wright does not write from an ivory tower. This book is meant for theologians, interested lay people, and even skeptics, who might find something unforeseen in Scripture and look at modern concerns in a new light. In each case, Wright aims “to allow the biblical writers to set the agenda rather than forcing on them a scheme of thought that does not do them justice.” To reveal some of Wright’s conclusions would be like leaking cinematic spoilers; such is the inventive and surprising way that Wright brings the Bible to bear on current, and vexatious, affairs. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/12/2014
Release date: 06/01/2014
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