Why Christianity Makes Sense
HarperOne, Hardcover, 9780060507152, 256pp.
Publication Date: March 1, 2006
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.
“Readers will welcome such ready access to one of the fine teachers of the church.”
“Simply Christian is simply outstanding. It will confirm, challenge, and deepen your grasp of Christian faith and practice.”
“N.T. Wright is simply crucial; his writing can transform one’s life.”
-Anne Rice, author of CHRIST THE LORD
“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 offers...[an] intelligent view of Christianity, and his title invites us to compare his work with Lewis’s [...] Mere Christianity.”
“We are in Mere Christianity territory here [...] Bound to be a classic.”
-Rob Bell, author of Velvet Elvis
“Wright attempts a 21st-century counterpart to Lewis’s Mere Christianity. . . . notably clear, readable and thought-provoking.”
-Richard Ostling, AP