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Scripture and the Authority of God

How to Read the Bible Today

N. T. Wright

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"But what does scripture say?”

That question has echoed through a thousanddebates in the life of the worldwide church. Allchurches have officially endorsed strong statementsabout the centrality of scripture and itsauthority in their mission, life, doctrine, anddiscipline. But there is no agreement on whatthis might mean or how it might work in practice.Individuals and churches struggle with howto respond to issues such as war, homosexuality,and abortion, and especially how to interpretbiblical passages that discuss these topics. Thesedisagreements often serve to undermine ourconfidence in the authority of the Bible.

Bishop and Bible scholar N. T. Wright deliversa new model for how to understand the placeof scripture and God’s authority in the midstof religious confusion. Wright gives new life tothe old, tattered doctrine of the authority ofscripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concisestatement on how to read the Bible today,restoring scripture as a place to find God’s voice.

In this revised and expanded edition of thepreviously titled book The Last Word, Wrightprovides two case studies that delve into what itmeans to keep Sabbath and how Christians candefend marital monogamy. These studies offernot only bold biblical insights but also showcaseWright’s new model for how to interpretscripture and restore its role as the church’smain resource for teaching and guidance.Removing the baggage that the last 100 yearsof controversy and confusion have placed onthis doctrine, Wright renews our confidence inthe Bible and shows how it can once again serveas the living Word of God for our lives.

Publishers Weekly Review

Aug 29, 2005 – What do people mean when they say they believe the Bible is the "Word of God"? And why should they be at war with each other over the role of the Bible in the life of the church? Wright, an Anglican bishop and author of Jesus and the Victory of God, believes the church needs to re-examine the Bible's role in the life and piety of its people. Surveying biblical and contemporary history, he explains how the Bible, and the church's understanding of it, have been affected by the complex interplay of religion with reason, tradition, politics and culture. In true Anglican style, Wright takes a middle road between evangelical insistence on biblical inerrancy and the modernist tendency to dismiss biblical authority as an expression of "anti-intellectual pre-modernity." His final chapter, entitled "How to Get Back on Track," prescribes a path that integrates scripture more fully into the life of the church, proclaiming the Bible in such a way that it refocuses the believing community whose central focus is "the goal of God's kingdom." Wright offers sensible insights on the transforming power of God, very necessary in these times of skepticism and confusion.

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Another excellent book from N.T. Wright, the most prolific thinker and writer of this generation. This book deals with the improper ways most people read the Bible in the western world. He dismantles modernity and post-modernity and offers a solution in the unfolding narrative of God which climaxes with the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Scripture and the Authority of the Bible

N. T. Wright provokes the reader to think about Scripture's authority by looking at the Bible in five divine acts whereby God progressively moves from an old corrupt created order (due to sin) to a new created (due Jesus' life, death, and resurrection). Great emphasis is placed on recognizing that the Bible is not "flat" but rather God's progressive revelation whereby believers are currently living in God's fifth act ... God's new created order. And though not a progressive dispensationalism by any means, many of Wright's perspectives parallel that of Bock and Blaising. Another example may be found in the book Jesus the Messiah: Tracing the Promises and Coming of Israel's King where an emphasis also exists in viewing the Bible as progressive revelation concerning the concept of messiah.

Scripture and the Authority of God
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  • Category: Christianity
  • Published: Mar 01, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
  • Seller: HarperCollins
  • Print Length: 224 Pages
  • Language: English
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