NT Wright is one of my favorite biblical scholars/theologians. No time to get into it completely here…but his steady, creative, passion-filled, and Kingdom focused scholarship is not only inspiring but challenging to me as I seek to be faithful with the gifts that God has given to me.
Anyway, NT has a new book out – Scot McKnight (another guy I really respect in biblical scholarship) is beginning his posts on the new book. Here is a "cut and paste" of Scot's post today…
The central question Tom Wright asks in his new book, a book that belongs with Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense and Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church, is this question: What are we here for (after we believe)? That is, what is life for between faith and heaven?
How would you answer these questions? Do you agree with Wright's answer?This question is the subject of his new book: After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters.There are two basic options for constructing a moral life, and Wright proposes a third.
Option one: follow the rules.Option two: discover yourself.Option three: transformation of character.
The thesis of the book, then, is the development of virtue that forms a person into genuine transformed, Christian character.
Back to me – Option one – legalism (been there, done that when I was a "whiper-snaper" follower of Jesus – trust me, doesn't work and is bad for relationships/community. Option two – got problems there too…read my post on "Navel Gazing". Option three – looks good. Obviously, I just ordered the book…so I can't say anything about it first hand. But I'll get to it and you know what? You'll hear about it! In the meantime, check out The Jesus Creed blog. Scot has my utmost respect and appreciation!