Spiritual and Religious
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Spiritual and Religious

The Gospel in an Age of Paganism

by N. T. Wright

Spiritual and Religious
paperback
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Published: May 2017
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-2810-7284-2
  • Item Code: P07284
  • Case Quantity: 56

"I'm spiritual but not religious."

It's a phrase that's often used to explain why, although they don't go to church, people still feel that life must have some kind of transcendent meaning.

But what does this "spirituality" consist of? In Spiritual and Religious Tom Wright argues that, whether people realize it or not, they are often simply reverting to forms of ancient paganism that are very similar to those that confronted the earliest Christians.

With his characteristic verve and incisiveness, Wright traces the parallels between the worldviews of the first and twenty-first centuries, and shows how a better understanding of God as Trinity can breathe fresh life into our understanding and preaching of the gospel today.

He concludes this prophetic book with a call to contemporary Christians to make a clear choice:

"Are we to compromise with paganism, to assimilate, to water down the distinctives of Christian faith in order to make it more palatable? Are we to retreat into dualism, into a private 'spiritual' religion which will assure us of an other-worldly salvation but which will leave the powers of the present world unchallenged. . . ? Or are we to worship the God who is Father, Son and Spirit, and to find in that worship a renewed courage, a renewed sense of direction, and a renewed hope for the future?"

"An urgent book for the times—passionate, brilliant, filled with hope."

Timothy George, Samford University
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CONTENTS

Introduction

Part One: The Modern World and the Christian Message
1. The Kingdom and the Church
2. Jesus' World in Crisis
3. The Road to Paganism
4. The Light of the World
5. The Burning Bush
6. The Other Gods were Strong
7. Jesus' Vindication and the Task of the Church

Part Two: On Being the Church for the World
8. Confronting the Powers
9. Equipment for the Task (1)
10. Equipment for the Task (2)
11. New Shrines for the True God (1)
12. New Shrines for the True God (2)
13. New Shrines for the True God (3)
14. The Two-Edged Sword
15. The God we Confess
Epilogue: The Prayer of the Trinity

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A prolific writer of both scholarly and popular books, N. T. Wright has written over thirty books, including Simply Christian, The Original Jesus, What Saint Paul Really Said, The Challenge of Jesus, The Meaning of Jesus, Jesus and the Victory of God, and the magisterial Paul and the Faithfulness of God. His N. T. Wright For Everyone Series includes commentaries covering the entire New Testament. Formerly bishop of Durham in England, Wright is research professor of New Testament and early Christianity at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. He was formerly canon theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Divinity School, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Gregorian University in Rome, and many other institutions around the world. In addition to his many books, Wright reaches a broad audience through his frequent media appearances. A sought-after commentator, Wright writes frequently for newspapers in England, including the Times, the Independent, and the Guardian. He has been interviewed numerous times by radio and television broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic, including ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS, and NPR.

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