N. T. Wright: Surprised by Scripture

Last week I attended a Socrates in the City event for which N. T. Wright was the speaker. Here are my notes from his talk, “Surprised by Scripture.” They are hand-written and unedited, but you may find them interesting.

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3 Responses to N. T. Wright: Surprised by Scripture

  1. Timothy Durey says:

    Very intriguing from the notes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Hi Pastor,

    I know N.T. Wright has a lot of good things to say and a lot we all as Christians would agree with. However, were you aware that he teaches that the primary purpose of salvation is cultural renewal? This is a teaching by the way that’s echoed by his personal friend and one of his biggest fans, Tim Keller.

    As I’ve followed the teachings of Tim Keller and Redeemer (where I used to be a member), this leads off into all kinds of unbiblical directions. For instance, Keller often encourages members to do volunteer work with secular organizations instead of Christian organizations. He says it’s good for Christians to work like that because it will keep them humble. He also admits that you won’t be able to share the Gospel as openly with the people you’re there to help, but he says that’s okay because the real purpose for Christians is to work to renew and improve the culture. Working to win souls to Christ, he says is just the Evangelical’s selfish effort to build up their tribe.

  3. Susan Young says:

    The last time I was at Redeemer for an open forum ‘Can faith be green?’, Tim stated that God has made a covenant to save the planet. I thought perhaps I heard him wrong and asked about it at the Q&A. He restated his conviction and I asked him where he supported this notion from scripture. He told me to google someone. I told him that it is clear from scripture that this present heaven and earth will pass away before God will create a new heaven and earth. Rev 20:11,
    I asked if I could read a passage from scripture and he agreed. II Peter 3:10-13 states
    “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heaven will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

    He replied, “Some people take that literally.”

    In his book ‘Reason for God’, he writes, “At the end of the final book of the Bible, we see the very opposite of what other religions predict. We do not see the illusion of the world melt away nor do we see spiritual souls escaping the physical world into heaven.”

    He seems to believe opposite of what the scripture makes plain. And if the passage above is not to be taken literally how is it to be interpreted?

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