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Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Churchby N. T. Wright
Synopses & Reviews
For years Christians have been asking, If you died tonight, do you know where you would go? It turns out that many believers have been giving the wrong answer. It is not heaven.
Award-winning author N. T. Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian's future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright, who is one of today's premier Bible scholars, asserts that Christianity's most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection. He provides a magisterial defense for a literal resurrection of Jesus and shows how this became the cornerstone for the Christian community's hope in the bodily resurrection of all people at the end of the age. Wright then explores our expectation of new heavens and a new earth, revealing what happens to the dead until then and what will happen with the second coming of Jesus. For many, including many Christians, all this will come as a great surprise.
Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation--and if this has already begun in Jesus's resurrection--the church cannot stop at saving souls but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God's kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.
Lively and accessible, this book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life, not only after death but before it.
The award-winning author and premier New Testament scholar tackles the idea of what happens after we die and shows how most Christians get it wrong and the difference it makes.
For years Christians have been asking, "If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?" It turns out that many believers have been giving the wrong answer. It is not heaven.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Setting the scene. 1. All dressed up and no place to go? ; 2. Puzzled about paradise? ; 3. Early Christian hope in its historical setting ; 4. The strange story of Easter — Part 2. God's future plan. 5. Cosmic future: progress or despair? ; 6. What the whole world's waiting for ; 7. Jesus, heaven, and new creation ; 8. When He appears ; 9. Jesus the coming judge ; 10. The redemption of our bodies ; 11. Purgatory, paradise, hell — Part. 3. Hope in practice: resurrection and the mission of the church. 12. Rethinking salvation: heaven, earth, and the kingdom of God ; 13. Building for the kingdom ; 14. Reshaping the church for mission: biblical roots ; 15. Reshaping the church for mission: living the future.
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