The Back of the Book: Simply Christian is essential reading for anyone who wants to consider the real fundamentals of Christianity or is intrigued by its claims about the place of justice, beauty and love in our daily lives.
Written in lively and accessible style, though rooted in solid scholarship, this book describes the exciting relevance of the Bible and the Christian story for the contemporary world.
It is laid out helpfully in three sections. The first opens with the frustrated longings of humanity for justice, spirituality, relationships and beauty: why are things like this, do they have to be so and can life be lived differently? Tom Wright then sets out the core Christian belief about God and his creation, and discusses the biblical analysis of what’s wrong with the world. He explains God’s plan for its renewal, and the central importance of Jesus. In the final section, he explores what it means to follow Jesus, to be energized by the Holy Spirit and to avance God’s plan for our world.
Not since C S Lewis’s Mere Christianity has there been such a thrilling attempt to re-express the heart of the Christian faith and the ransformation it offers to every area of personal and social life.
NotJustLaura’s Review: Although this was a challenging read – it’s the closest I’ve ever come to reading something which could really be defined as ‘theology’ – it was a pleasant and informative one and has emboldened me to try some other books which might take me a little outside my comfort zone. Mr Wright is thorough in his explanation of Christianity and steps away from the traditional, over-simplified view of ‘Man sinned. Jesus came. Everything’s OK now.’ Instead, he explores concepts such as ‘deism’ and it is this exploration which leads him to conclude that the Christian world-view is the only one which actually make sense.
Incidentally, in the course of this book, I discovered myself to be something of a deist – I don’t really believe God is interested and involved in my day-to-day life. As I accept Mr Wright’s argument that this response to life is incorrect, I’m starting to work on changing my view. Watch this space …