Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (Paperback)
“Simply outstanding. It will confirm, challenge, and deepen your grasp of Christian faith and practice.”—Christianity Today
Christian scholar and Anglican bishop N. T. Wright’s best-known work, written in the tradition of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity but for today’s generation—a rigorous and mind-expanding explanation of the essence of Christianity and why people believe—is available in paperback for the first time.
For two thousand years, Christianity has claimed to answer the mystery of human existence. Renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop N. T. Wright—the award-winning author Newsweek hails as “the world’s leading New Testament scholar”—argues that the Christian faith still holds the answers today.
Like C. S. Lewis did in his classic Mere Christianity, Wright makes the case for Christian faith for modern readers, whether you are a believer, an agnostic, schooled in a different spiritual tradition, or are a skeptical atheist suspicious of organized religion. Using clear, simple language to convey a profound message, he walks you through the Christian faith step-by-step and question by question, and reveals how basic inquiries such as Why is justice fair? Why are so many people pursuing spirituality? Why do we crave relationship? And why is beauty so beautiful? take us into the mystery of God and his plan for us and leave believers with a reason for renewed faith.
Provocative and insightful, with a discussion guide for individuals and groups, Simply Christian offers answers to expand and guide all of our lives.
N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He serves as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews as well as Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University. He has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of many books, including Paul: A Biography, Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, The Day the Revolution Began, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, and Scripture and the Authority of God.
— Christianity Today
“Wright offers...[an] intelligent view of Christianity, and his title invites us to compare his work with Lewis’s [...] Mere Christianity.”
— Washington Post
“N.T. Wright is simply crucial; his writing can transform one’s life.”
— Anne Rice, author of CHRIST THE LORD
“We are in Mere Christianity territory here [...] Bound to be a classic.”
— Rob Bell, author of Love Wins
“The book demonstrates that it is still possible in the 21st century to represent the Christian tradition in a persuasive way that speaks to the human heart.”
— National Catholic Reporter
“No one living today is writing more thoughtfully and compellingly about Christian theology.”
— Jon Meacham, author of The Soul of America
“Readers will welcome such ready access to one of the fine teachers of the church.”
— Walter Brueggemann
“Simply Christian is an amazing testimony to the vitality…of the Christian faith—and to the skill of N. T. Wright.”
— Will Willimon, Bishop, North Alabama Conference, United Methodist Church
“[No one] has done more to clarify what [...] Christianity looks like in our day than Tom Wright.”
— John Ortberg, teaching pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
“Fresh, engaging, and highly readable…Simply Christian [is] an invaluable guide for seekers and doubters as well as believers.”
— Os Guinness, author of Unspeakable: Facing Up to the Challenge of Faith
“N.T. Wright is uniquely qualified to convey the enduring substance of Christian life and thought to contemporary people.”
— Dallas Willard, professor of philosophy, University of Southern California, and author of The Divine Conspiracy
“Brilliant Bishop Wright is one of God’s best gifts to our decaying Western church...”
— J.I. Packer, professor of theology, Regent College
“Wright attempts a 21st-century counterpart to Lewis’s Mere Christianity. . . . notably clear, readable and thought-provoking.”
— Richard Ostling, AP