Spiritual and Religious: The gospel in an age of paganism

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I'm spiritual but not religious.' It's a phrase that's often used to explain why, although they don't go to church, people still feel that life must have some kind of transcendent meaning,

But what does this 'spirituality' consist of? In Spiritual and Religious Tom Wright argues that, whether people realize it or not, they are often simply reverting to forms of ancient paganism that are very similar to those that confronted the earliest Christians.

With his characteristic verve and incisiveness, Wright traces the parallels between the worldviews of the first and twenty-first centuries, and shows how a better understanding of God as Trinity can breathe fresh life into our understanding and preaching of the gospel today.

He concludes this prophetic book with a call to contemporary Christians to make a clear choice:

'Are we to compromise with paganism, to assimilate, to water down the distinctives of Christian faith in order to make it more palatable? Are we to retreat into dualism, into a private 'spiritual' religion which will assure us of an other-worldly salvation but which will leave the powers of the present world unchallenged. . . ? Or are we to worship the God who is Father, Son and Spirit, and to find in that worship a renewed courage, a renewed sense of direction, and a renewed hope for the future?'

Contents:

Introduction

Part One: The Modern World and the Christian Message
1. The Kingdom and the Church
2. Jesus' World in Crisis
3. The Road to Paganism
4. The Light of the World
5. The Burning Bush
6. The Other Gods were Strong
7. Jesus' Vindication and the Task of the Church

Part Two: On Being the Church for the World
8. Confronting the Powers
9. Equipment for the Task (1)
10. Equipment for the Task (2)
11. New Shrines for the True God (1)
12. New Shrines for the True God (2)
13. New Shrines for the True God (3)
14. The Two-Edged Sword
15. The God we Confess

Epilogue: The Prayer of the Trinity
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Publisher
SPCK
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Published on
May 18, 2017
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Pages
192
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ISBN
9780281072859
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Religion / Christian Ministry / Discipleship
Religion / Christian Ministry / Pastoral Resources
Religion / Spirituality
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