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Why do we expect justice? Why do we crave spirituality? Why are we attracted to beauty? Why are relationships often so painful? And how will the world be made right? These are not simply perennial questions all generations must struggle with, but, according to N. T. Wright, are the very echoes of a voice we dimly perceive but deeply long to hear. In fact, these questions take us to the heart of who God is and what He wants from us.

For two thousand years, Christianity has claimed to solve these mysteries, and this renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop shows that it still can today. Not since C. S. Lewis's classic summary of the faith, Mere Christianity, has such a wise and thorough scholar taken the time to explain to anyone who wants to know what Christianity really is and how it is practiced. Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming that the reader has no knowledge of (and perhaps even some aversion to) religion in general and Christianity in particular.

Simply Christian walks the reader through the Christian faith step by step and question by question. With simple yet exciting and accessible prose, Wright challenges skeptics by offering explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled dilemmas, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith. For anyone who wants to travel beyond the controversies that can obscure what the Christian faith really stands for, this simple book is the perfect vehicle for that journey.

Topics: Christianity, Spirituality , Jesus, The Bible, Informative, Israel, and Guides

Published: HarperCollins on Jan 1, 2001
ISBN: 9780061940309
List price: $11.99
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A good overview of what is it to be a Christian
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An excellent primer to the Christian faith, much like Lewis' "Mere Christianity." For the long-time Christian looking to deepen her faith, this book will probably come up short.
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Simply Christian is an excellent book and brings out some excellent points for both old and new Christians. The most important one I believe is that Heaven exists in parallel with the material world, and Christians are to be places where Heaven and Earth meet. That is we have both the Spirit and our fleshly selves coexisting. We thus have the opportunity to be God's ambassadors to others by virtue of the Spirit's presence. This was also likened to the presence of the Temple as God's dwelling place. It is not the entire story of course, though you have to go to the Bible for that.
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Starts off kind of slow--primarily because Wright is targeting a skeptical/unbelieving audience--but he goes on to offer great observations and insights into Christianity. Very powerful as well as accessible. Written in the same vein as Chesterton's Orthodoxy and Lewis's Mere Christianity.
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Why is justice fair? Why are so many people pursuing spirituality? Why do we crave relationship? And why is beauty so beautiful? N. T. Wright argues that each of these questions takes us into the mystery of who God is and what he wants from us. For two thousand years Christianity has claimed to answer these mysteries, and this renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop shows that it still does today. Like C. S. Lewis did in his classic Mere Christianity, Wright makes the case for Christian faith from the ground up, assuming that the reader is starting from ground zero with no predisposition to and perhaps even some negativity toward religion in general and Christianity in particular. His goal is to describe Christianity in as simple and accessible, yet hopefully attractive and exciting, a way as possible, both to say to outsides "You might want to look at this further," and to say to insiders "You may not have quite understood this bit clearly yet."
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