Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. 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 Christians have been giving the wrong answer. For many, including many Christians, it will come as a great surprise to learn that heaven comes to earth instead of us going to heaven.
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.
A crystal-clear, powerful course-correction for all of us--Christian or otherwise. If you want to know what Easter is about, get yourself a copy of Surprised by Hope and hunker down for the read of a lifetime....literally. --Phyllis Tickle
"N.T. Wright can write. . . when it comes to questions of Christ's resurrection and what that means, no one is more persuasive. Wright's new book, Surprised by Hope, builds on C.S. Lewis' succinct defense of the faith and takes it to a new level." --World Magazine
"This book is N.T. Wright at his finest." --Rob Bell
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