The videos presented here highlight the teachings of N.T. Wright, Anglican Bishop and New Testament scholar, currently the Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Mary’s College, University of St. Andrew’s, in Fife, Scotland.
Tom Wright is a prolific author of both scholarly and popular works on New Testament themes, writing from a conservative position of biblical interpretation. He is generally considered to be one of the foremost biblical scholars in the world today.
What does eschatology have to do with ethics? What does the new heaven and the new earth have to do with the world in which we live now? Ultimately, it means that love is not our duty but our destiny. Through God’s grace in our lives, Christians strive to develop habits and character which build them up into the people that God originally created them to be. Christians are not called to merely pray a prayer and forget the rest. Instead, we are called to be a royal priesthood.
Was Jesus really resurrected from the dead in bodily form as attested by the New Testament? Bishop Wright presents the argument that “the only possible explanation for the rise of Christianity and for its taking the shape it did was that Jesus of Nazareth, three days after being very thoroughly dead, was found by his followers to be thoroughly and very bodily alive again. His tomb was empty: had it not been, his followers would have believed they were seeing some kind of apparition.”1/2 Text
In his lecture on “Revelation and Christian Hope” Dr. Wright challenges the common understanding that Christian hope is merely about “going to heaven” which has been the staple diet of most western Christianity for some time. Wright comments. “Heaven is important, but it is not the end of the world.” Where then, are we headed? And what on earth are we to be about as we await the fulfillment of the ages?
N.T. Wright argues that resurrection was always understood in a political sense, that is to say, the place where God’s creation and God’s justice meet. Together, this argues that what God’s people do in God’s world matters. What the afterlife might be like was a question often eclipsed because of the notion that this life was in God’s good creation and of the importance of an earthly justice that reflected and embodied God’s own concerns. It was out of this passion that God would put things right that the doctrine of the resurrection developed.
What is the very heart of the Christian faith? We are today experiencing considerable turbulence in matters of religion, faith and public life calling for the integration of what we believe with who we are and what we do. There are several controversies that challenge us for an authentic Christian response. What is the relevance of Jesus when addressing these controversies and issues? How does God fit in? What actually do Christians believe?
The role and function of the Biblical Psalms in Christian worship. N.T. Wrights says that to think about the Palms is like thinking about breathing; they constitute a basic and familiar element in much of worship, certainly in Anglican tradition and liturgy. But what are we doing when we say them, pray them, sing them? How can we understand the Psalms from the perspective of the role the played in Second Temple Judaism, the context or the life and ministry of Jesus Himself.