Surprised by Hope Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church

ISBN-10: 0061551821
ISBN-13: 9780061551826
Edition: N/A
List price: $24.99 Buy it from $9.75
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy

Description: For years Christians have been asking, "If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?" It turns out that many believers have been giving the wrong answer. It is not heaven. Award-winning author N. T. Wright outlines the present confusion  More...

New Starting from $20.14
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
coins
coins
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
You could win $10,000

Get an entry for every item you buy, rent, or sell.

Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Add to cart
Study Briefs
Italian Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Portuguese Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
Spanish Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99
Add to cart
Study Briefs
German Grammar Online content $4.95 $1.99

Customers also bought

Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading
Loading

Book details

List price: $24.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/5/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

For years Christians have been asking, "If you died tonight, do you know where you would go?" It turns out that many believers have been giving the wrong answer. It is not heaven. Award-winning author N. T. Wright outlines the present confusion about a Christian's future hope and shows how it is deeply intertwined with how we live today. Wright, who is one of today's premier Bible scholars, asserts that Christianity's most distinctive idea is bodily resurrection. He provides a magisterial defense for a literal resurrection of Jesus and shows how this became the cornerstone for the Christian community's hope in the bodily resurrection of all people at the end of the age. Wright then explores our expectation of "new heavens and a new earth," revealing what happens to the dead until then and what will happen with the "second coming" of Jesus. For many, including many Christians, all this will come as a great surprise. Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation-and if this has already begun in Jesus's resurrection-the church cannot stop at "saving souls" but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God's kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life. Lively and accessible, this book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life, not only after death but before it.

N. T. Wright is the former bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world's leading Bible scholars. He is now severing as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews; he has been featured on ABC News , Dateline , The Colbert Report , and Fresh Air . Wright is the award-winning author of The Case for the Psalms , How God Became King , Simply Jesus , After You Believe , Surprised by Hope , Simply Christian , Scripture and the Authority of God , and The Meaning of Jesus (coauthored with Marcus Borg), as well as translator for The Kingdom New Testament .

Preface
Setting the Scene
All Dressed Up and No Place to Go?
Introduction
Confusion about Hope: The Wider World
Varieties of Belief
Puzzled About Paradise?
Christian Confusion About Hope
Exploring the Options
The Effects of Confusion
Wider Implications of Confusion
The Key Questions
Early Christian Hope in Its Historical Setting
Introduction
Resurrection and Life after Death in Ancient Paganism and Judaism
The Surprising Character of Early Christian Hope
The Strange Story of Easter
Stories Without Precedent
Easter and History
Conclusion
God's Future Plan
Cosmic Future: Progress or Despair?
Introduction
Evolutionary Optimism
Souls in Transit
What the Whole World's Waiting For
Introduction
Fundamental Structures of Hope
Seedtime and Harvest
The Victorious Battle
Citizens of Heaven, Colonizing the Earth
God Will Be All in All
New Birth
The Marriage of Heaven and Earth
Conclusion
Jesus, Heaven, and New Creation
The Ascension
What About the Second Coming?
When He Appears
Introduction
Coming, Appearing, Revealing, Royal Presence
Jesus, the Coming Judge
Introduction
Second Coming and Judgment
The Redemption of Our Bodies
Introduction
Resurrection: Life After Life After Death
Resurrection in Corinth
Resurrection: Later Debates
Rethinking Resurrection Today: Who, Where, What Why, When, and How
Purgatory, Paradise, Hell
Introduction
Purgatory
Paradise
Beyond Hope, Beyond Pity
Conclusion: Human Goals and New Creation
Hope in Practice: Resurrection and the Mission of the Church
Rethinking Salvation: Heaven, Earth, and the Kingdom of God
Introduction
The Meaning of Salvation
The Kingdom of God
Building for the Kingdom
Introduction
Justice
Beauty
Evangelism
Conclusion
Reshaping the Church for Mission (1): Biblical Roots
Introduction
The Gospels and Acts
Paul
Reshaping the Church for Mission (2): Living the Future
Introduction: Celebrating Easter
Space, Time, and Matter: Creation Redeemed
Resurrection and Mission
Resurrection and Spirituality
Two Easter Sermons
Notes
Index
Biblical Passages

×
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.

×