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Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

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For years Christians have been asking, “If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?” It turns out Christians have been givin... Read More
For years Christians have been asking, “If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?” It turns out Christians have been giving the wrong answer. It is not heaven. One of today’s premier Bible scholars and 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 shows that Christianity’s most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection. First, he provides a magisterial defense of a literal resurrection of Jesus himself. This became the cornerstone for the Christian community’s hope in the bodily resurrection of all people at the end of the age. Next Wright explores our expectation of “new heavens and new earth,” showing 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. Read Less

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  • Contributor(s)N. T. Wright
  • About the Contributor(s) N. T. Wright is the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland....

    N. T. Wright is the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the award-winning author of many books, including After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, The Challenge of Jesus, and The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as the series Christian Origins and the Question of God.

     

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  • ISBN-139780061551826
  • Publish Date02/05/2008
  • PublisherHarperOne
  • Format Hardcover
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Weight (lbs)1.0 lb
  • Case Weight (lbs)24.02 lb
  • Dimensions 9.25(h) x 6.25(w) x 1.25(d) inches
  • Pages352
  • Price $17.49


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