NT Wright – Surprised by Scripture

NT Wright - Surprised by Scripture

I have just found out  from my friend Manu Rusu about an interview by Brendan Robertson on NT Wright’s latest book, to be going on sale on 3 June: Surprised by Scripture. Engaging Contemporary Issues.

Here is the beginning of it:

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BR: The first question that we are all wondering is how in the world do you have time and the mental capacity to write so much? You just finished your huge books on Paul and less than a year later, here is another book. How do you do it?

NT: Silly question! I have been lecturing and teaching for many years. As you’ll see in the book, this is a collection of articles and lectures that I have done over quite a long period….

BR: In your new book – Surprised by Scripture – you tackle a number of very controversial topics for evangelicals and Christian in general. One major topic you address is the ordination of women. As far as I know, this is the first major publication that you’ve released that deals with this issue. Why did you feel the need to write about this issue now and why is this issue so important?

NT: This is still a major issue for many in the USA in particular. In the UK there is a strong but small minority for whom it’s still a big issue. Since my various articles, and writings in various commentaries, may not have reached those people, I thought it was a good chance to try to ‘get through’ to them. But I’m not saying anything here that I haven’t said in commentaries and smaller publications over the last decade or so.

BR: Another topic that you address in the book surrounds the escapist theology that is typical of dispensational evangelicals (very prevalent in American Evangelicalism) and how that affects the way Christians view the environment and steward creation. Do you actually think rapture theology has had a tangibly negative effect on the environment? Why should we reconsider our view of creation care?

NT: The first I really knew about ‘rapture theology’ was when, many years ago, I was doing some lectures on Jesus for a Canadian congregation and it quickly became clear that they had been bothered by people saying ‘we don’t need to care for the planet because Jesus is coming soon and will destroy it all anyway’. Actually I think sometimes it works the other way: people who hold a dualist view of the universe (that the space/time/matter world is basically bad and will be destroyed) are more likely to embrace a ‘rapture’ theology. The two elements feed off one another.

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Read HERE the rest of this very interesting interview.


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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