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January 24, 2012

N.T. (Tom) Wright

How God Became King: Why We've All Misunderstood the Gospels

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"There is just now a fashion for upholding something called 'Nicene' Christianity. But the great creeds of the fourth and fifth centuries were never intended as a complete teaching syllabus, and when used that way they screen out the central theme of the four Gospels: How God Became King (aka The Kingdom of God). Western Christianity has thus lurched between a faith based on incarnation and cross (but without 'kingdom') and a social-gospel 'kingdom'-movement (but without incarnation and cross). How can we put back together what the Gospels were trying to tell us all along?"

Tom Wright is a leading New Testament scholar and former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England. His academic work has usually been published under the name N. T. Wright; his books aimed at a more popular readership, such as What St Paul Really Said and Simply Christian, are published under the less formal name of Tom Wright. He is generally perceived as coming from a moderately evangelical perspective. He is associated with the so-called Third Quest for the Historical Jesus, and the New Perspective on Paul (a complex movement with many unique positions, originating from the probing works of James Dunn and E. P. Sanders). He argues that the current understanding of Jesus must be connected with what is known to be true about him from the historical perspective of first century Judaism and Christianity .

Wright has written over 50 books.

He has completed three books in a projected six-volume scholarly series Christian Origins and the Question of God. These are The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God and The Resurrection of the Son of God.

He has also written books on a popular level, including The Challenge of Jesus and the recently completed twelve volume For Everyone Bible commentary series in a similar vein to William Barclay 's Daily Study Bible series.

The January Series of Calvin College is pleased to welcome Tom Wright back to TJS for his fourth visit.

Tom Wright will also be part of the Symposium on Worship at Calvin College taking place on our campus January 26-28, 2012. Details and registration information available online.

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