For 2,000 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' 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 listener 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.
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Tom Wright is always a pleasure to read - well thought-out and based on knowledge of both the Bible and contemporary society. I don't always agree with him but he never offers an ill-considered opinion. By the way, because Wright is a conservative English bishop, I think he would be amused to be called an America-hating liberal!
Ignore people that try to paint N.T. Wright as liberal. He is not and this book is the farthest thing from liberal. Simply Christian is a sort of Mere Christianity for our day. Because Wright is Anglican there is a slight bent toward a sacramental way of living and this comes out in his discussion of baptism, the Eucharist and what happens in Christian worship. Being Episcopalian myself, I found this refreshing. The narrator is excellent and I've recommended this book to many.
The best book covering the entirety of Christianity that I have ever experienced. I have been a believer for 30 years, yet learned incredible amounts from Simply Christian. This is a great book for the new Christian, the seeker, the curious, or the seasoned believer.
I have read this book and wanted to be able to listen to it. It is a joy to listen to NT Wright's thoughts on Christianity. Wright brings great Biblical knowledge. Simply Christian is this generation's Mere Christianity.
N.T. Wright provides the reader an intellectual introduction to Christianity. While some come to know God through one's emotions and feelings, this book is a well written account about how one may come to know and to follow Christ through engaging the mind and intellect. The reading of this book by Simon Prebble contributes to this intellectual approach to Christianity.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Made an impact on me to the degree that only Mere Christianity had.
this book is a thoughtful introduction to Christianity, it's claims, beliefs, history and it's practice. instead of approaching the topic from an inside perspective, NT Wright brings a philosophical questioning (without becoming philosophically entangled) to the quest for the reality of God amidst the search of humanity on primary questions of justice, beauty, relationship and art. Wright sees this quest and these areas as "echos of a voice" which can lead people to the Jewish backstory of creation and journey, and which is culminated in the person and vocation of Jesus. a very well thought-out book that deserves its place among the great Christian apologetic works, along the lines of CS Lewis "Mere Christianity".
I loved this because of the way Wright approached many of the topics. It was deep enough without the reader drowning but shallow enough for anyone to enjoy and understand. This is one that must be read again and again for the much wisdom that it contains. It's a beautiful piece of art.
A challenging, yet entertaining and uplifting inclusive synopsis of Christianity. Great for believers and nonbelievers alike.
Having listened immediately following Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, which is also excellent, this is a deeper and less apologetic, but more theological journey that compliments, disturbs, and deepens a believers rational understanding of Christ, Christianity, and Church.
The author does a good job of keeping you engrossed in the wide variety of topics, by using the analogy of echoes in the voice which unite the book. The book covers many relevant Christian themes. And makes for a good read or listening to for the experience Christian or the novice. The audio performance was perfect.
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