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.
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.
Explaining the basis and the exercise of true Christian prayer and worship was helpful. The arguments and the "echoes" that point toward God's presence were well described.
This apologetic book goes further than most other apologetic books with its description of the Christian life. This book dealt more with how we can internally reason for the existence of a God, rather than just hard evidence of many other apologetic books.
His voice brought a sophistication to the performance that added a great deal to the book.
The clarity with which N.T. Wright states what it means to be Christian.
This book is in the tradition of what has been called the Christian Classics. A must read for all who claim for themselves the title of Christian and for those who don't to understand what Christianity should be about.
NT Wright's book Simply Christian although a bit long winded was amazingly eye opening. His explanation of Christ's work of redemption for the whole of Creation or "the Cosmos," as he puts, is spot on. Understanding our role in the Kingdom of God and the need for justice and righteousness in our world are one of the fundamental misses of the post-christian Church. Simply Christian is the call to the church, to get closer to that window and see more than A tree!
Though I liked the beginning of this book, most of it was really boring and dragged. It was hard to finish, it is not at all on par with Mere Christianity by Lewis.
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