Scripture and the Authority of God
How to Read the Bible Today
by N. T. Wright
"But what does scripture say?”
That question has echoed through a thousanddebates in the life of the worldwide church. Allchurches have officially endorsed strong statementsabout the centrality of scripture and itsauthority in their mission, life, doctrine, anddiscipline. But there is no agreement on whatthis might mean or how it might work in practice.Individuals and churches struggle with howto respond to issues such as war, homosexuality,and abortion, and especially how to interpretbiblical passages that discuss these topics. Thesedisagreements often serve to undermine ourconfidence in the authority of the Bible.
Bishop and Bible scholar N. T. Wright deliversa new model for how to understand the placeof scripture and God’s authority in the midstof religious confusion. Wright gives new life tothe old, tattered doctrine of the authority ofscripture, delivering a fresh, helpful, and concisestatement on how to read the Bible today,restoring scripture as a place to find God’s voice.
In this revised and expanded edition of thepreviously titled book The Last Word, Wrightprovides two case studies that delve into what itmeans to keep Sabbath and how Christians candefend marital monogamy. These studies offernot only bold biblical insights but also showcaseWright’s new model for how to interpretscripture and restore its role as the church’smain resource for teaching and guidance.Removing the baggage that the last 100 yearsof controversy and confusion have placed onthis doctrine, Wright renews our confidence inthe Bible and shows how it can once again serveas the living Word of God for our lives.
- HarperCollins, March 2011
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