If we are honest, we have to admit that there are many things we dont understand about God. We do not have final answers to the deep problems of life, and those who say they do are probably living in some degree of delusion. There are areas of mystery in our Christian faith that lie beyond the keenest scholarship or even the most profound spiritual exercises. For many people, these problems raise so many questions and uncertainties that faith itself becomes a struggle, and the very person and character of God are called into question. Chris Wright encourages us to face up to the limitations of our understanding and to acknowledge the pain and grief they can often cause. But at the same time, he wants us to be able to say, like the psalmist in Psalm 73: But thats all right. God is ultimately in charge and I can trust him to put things right. Meanwhile, I will stay near to my God, make him my refuge, and go on telling of his deeds.
Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright is International Director of the Langham Partnership International. He also serves as chair of the Lausanne Movements Theology Working Group and chair of the Theological Resource Panel of TEAR Fund, a leading Christian relief and development charity. He has written several books, including Living as the People of God (An Eye for an Eye in the US), Gods People in Gods Land, Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Walking in the Ways of the Lord, Deuteronomy in the New International Biblical Commentary, The Message of Ezekiel in the Bible Speaks Today series, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, The Mission of God, and The God I Dont Understand. Chris and his wife, Liz, have four adult children and six grandchildren.
Why do people suffer? Why is the God of the Hebrew Bible so capricious? How can we make sense of Jesus Christ's suffering on the cross and the meaning of a redemption won through such a violent act? Does the end of the world represent the end of time, space, and history? Wright, an internationally known theologian, author and educator, attempts to answer these questions as he honestly grapples with his lack of understanding of much of God's activity in this rather workmanlike book. He observes that the Bible is chock full of examples of individuals struggling to understand God's role in their lives, from Sarah's attempt to come to terms with her barrenness to the Psalmist's anguished cry of long-suffering, "How long, O Lord?" Regrettably, Wright's sometimes forceful questions lose their strength as he takes refuge in the simplistic conclusion that God is always big enough to absorb our doubts. In the end, Wright is not confident enough to step out of his comfort zone and to examine a broader range of perspectives on these questions. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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