Why Christianity Makes Sense. For two thousand years, Christianity has claimed to solve life's mysteries, and this renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop shows that it still can today. Not since C. S. Lewis' classic summary of the faith, "Mere Christianity, has such a wise and thorough scholar taken the time to explain to anyone who wants to know what Christianity really is and how it is practiced. Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming that the reader has no knowledge of (and perhaps even some aversion to) religion in general and Christianity in particular.
Why do we expect justice? Why do we crave spirituality? Why are we attracted to beauty? Why are relationships often so painful? And how will the world be made right? These are not simply perennial questions all generations must struggle with, but, according to N. T. Wright, are the very echoes of a voice we dimly perceive but deeply long to hear. In fact, these questions take us to the heart of who God is and what He wants from us. (recommended by Bill Tibert and Jeff Romack)
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N.T. Wright, i.e. Bishop Tom, has been compared to C.S. Lewis. He is simple yet profound. He will have things to say that you have not thought about. He will make you think about yourself, what is number one in your life and why the important things are the important things. I guess you could say that he is alot like C. S. Lewis.
A powerful statement that is at the heart of this book is introduced on page 148. It addresses the first of two golden rules at the heart of spirituality. You become like what you worship. When you gaze in awe, admiration and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship. Those who worship money become, eventually, human calculating machines. Those who worship sex become obsessed with their own attractiveness or prowess. Those who worship power become more and more ruthless. So what happens when you worship the creator God whose plan to rescue the world and put it to rights has been accomplished by the Lamb who was slain?
The answer comes in the second golden rule: because you were made in God's image, worship makes you truly more human. When you gaze in love and gratitude at the God in whose image you were made, you do indeed grow. You discover more of what it means to be fully alive. Conversely, when you give that same total worship to anything else....
This is simply a beautiful book. Some have compared it to C.S. Lewis's classic apologetic, Mere Christianity. I like it better. Wright's skill both as a writer and theologian make this book equally effective for the person who knows nothing about Christianity as it is for the long time believer. He speaks of the human longing for relationships, justice, spirituality, and beauty as "echoes of God's voice" resonating in the human heart. Once you've read this book you will have a clear understanding of what Christians believe about God. And, you will know what it looks like to follow Jesus, to be energized by his Spirit, and to serve him in the world. This book should be read slowly, not that it is difficult, but to be meditated on and savored.
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