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In this honest and personal book a well-known biblical scholar and theologian faces up to real problems for Christian faith. There are many things we don't understand about God; Chris Wright is the first to admit that not only does he not have final answers, but that anybody who says they do is probably living in delusion. Together with the teacher of Ecclesiastes, Chris Wright affirms:'When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe labor that is done on earth---people getting no sleep day or night---then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. People toil to search it out, but no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.' (Ecclesiastes 8:16-17)On the other hand, we are not left alone with tough and inexplicable questions. Chris Wright also teaches and offers encouragement from the Scriptures, so that those who are troubled by these questions can still sustain their faith by having perspectives and reflections of a theologian that at least lay to rest some of the erroneous theories and dogmatic fantasies.
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If we are honest, we have to admit that there are many things we don't understand about God. We do not have final answers to the deep problems of life, and those who say they do are probably living in some degree of delusion. There are areas of mystery in our Christian faith that lie beyond the keenest scholarship or even the most profound spiritual exercises.
For many people, these problems raise so many questions and uncertainties that faith itself becomes a struggle, and the very person and character of God are called into question.
Chris Wright encourages us to face up to the limitations of our understanding and to acknowledge the pain and grief they can often cause. But at the same time, he wants us to be able to say, like the psalmist in Psalm 73: “But that's all right. God is ultimately in charge and I can trust him to put things right. Meanwhile, I will stay near to my God, make him my refuge, and go on telling of his deeds.”
Dr. Christopher J. H. Wright is International Director of the Langham Partnership International. After teaching the Old Testament in India and the UK, he also served as chair of the Lausanne Movement's Theology Working Group and was the chief architect of the Cape Town Commitment at the Third Lausanne Congress, 2010. His books include: Knowing Jesus through the Old Testament, Old Testament Ethics for the People of God, Deuteronomy (Understanding the Bible Commentary), Salvation Belongs to Our God, The Mission of God, The God I Don't Understand, and The Mission of God's People. Chris and his wife Liz who have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren, live in London, Uk, and belong to All Souls Church.
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Book Description Zondervan, United States, Grand Rapids, 2008. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR004183186