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Discover a different way of seeing and responding to the coronavirus pandemic, an approach drawing on scripture, Christian history, and the way of living, thinking, and praying revealed to us by Jesus.

What are we supposed to think about the coronavirus crisis?

Some people think they know: "This is a sign of the End," they say. "It's all predicted in the book of Revelation."

Others disagree but are equally clear: "This is a call to repent. God is judging the world and through this disease he's telling us to change."

Some join in the chorus of blame and condemnation: "It's the fault of the Chinese, the government, the World Health Organization...."

N. T. Wright examines these reactions to the virus and finds them wanting. Instead, he shows that a careful reading of the Bible and Christian history offers simple though profound answers to our many questions, including:

What should be the Christian response?

  • How should we think about God?
  • How do we live in the present?
  • Why should we lament?
  • What should we learn about ourselves?
  • How do we recover?

Written by one of the world's foremost New Testament scholars, God and the Pandemic will serve as your guide to read the events of today through the light of Jesus' death and resurrection.

©2020 N. T. Wright (P)2020 Zondervan

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I’m not Anglican but...

I hail from a variety of Christian traditions and I think NT Wright’s stance and explanation is valuable for all.

He explains that rather than trying to determine the cause of the pandemic like Job’s friends, Christians should be future-oriented asking “what are we to do now as God’s hands and feet?”

He also ties together Jesus weeping prior to resurrecting Lazarus and the spirit praying through us with groanings which cannot be uttered to describe God’s view of the effects of original sin (COVID-19) — he suffers with us in our pain, Wright concludes.

Regarding our appropriate response, Romans 8:19 “creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed” tied together with a possible translation of Romans 8:28 (all things work together for good). Could read that “Together, us and God can work good out of all things” and this is our task as the “revealed children of God.”

I spent period of time in the reformed tradition and still appreciate much that it has to offer, but the view that God sent it, God is judging us, and God is not evil despite this apparent evil, represents a minority Christian opinion and it is refreshing to have Wright’s view that squares with a loving Heavenly Father much better.

Disclaimer: I don’t always understand what NT Wright is explaining so I may have misrepresented his arguments. Also he says it much better.

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So insightful!

NT Wright uses history to help us put our current dilemma into perspective. Great use of biblical events and scripture. Highly recommend.

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A great read even though it was clearly rushed through production.

1. This is an excellent introduction to the practice of biblical lament.
2. Wright makes a compelling case that those preaching the coronavirus as a sign of the end times are misguided. He makes a compelling case that Christ was and is the final sign which should lead us to repentance.
3. Wright is a master speaker he could likely talk about something as mundane as 16th century table manners amongst nobility and his speaking ability would still draw a crowd. Yet, it is very clear in the recording of the book that he recorded it with haste, likewise the book could be organized better and certain explanations are cut short prematurely. All of which I suspect were due to the rapid nature of the books production.

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this book has only chapters short of 2 chapters!!! I am d disappointed I couldn't follow with my group!!!

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N.T. Wright never disappoints

Thoughtful and truly what Christianity should be about - pray and Do - lament and work towards the kingdom of God.

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Great practical for theology.

Even better practical suggestions. If you do nothing else read the last chapter. Takes about 40 minutes but you can even skim through that for ideas. The main issue is putting these ideas into practice. Practice means we take action as the elements God’s action on earth!

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A beautiful book for our times

This is a beautiful book of a Christians response to the Covid pandemic. Personally it impacted my view and response of today’s problems. I recommend this short for all believers and world as well, in perhaps the Church’s shortcomings.

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Prophetic and Powerful

Wright nails it on the head. The church needs to be people of prayer at the Poona of theme world’s pain. A pandemic is not a time to proselytize half truths about God’s wrath. It is a time to weep with those that weep and to sacrificially care for the hurting and needy. This is what it looks like to be the Imago Dei in an Infectious Day.

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Refreshing take on 2020 and culture

NT Wright weaves theological considerations and cultural critique in response to the current pandemic sweeping the globe.

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Timely

This book expounds on scripture that transcends the current pandemic. However, he candidly addresses the “pink elephant” in the room that we all see, namely the pandemic and all of the frustration and uncertainty.
It gives a scriptural voice to what I’ve been feeling.