How God Became King
Getting to the Heart of the Gospels
by Tom Wright
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In this book by Tom Wright (NT Wright) he lays out several of his academic theses in an accessible way. It encourages Christians to re-examine the role and purpose of the gospels. For a full review see Book Review: How God became King.
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'It has been slowly dawning on me over many years that there is a fundamental problem deep at the heart of Christian faith and practice as I have known it - we have all forgotten what the four gospels are about.'
With this surprising and radical assertion, highly respected theologian Tom Wright launches a ground-breaking work and leads us to rediscover the new reality of the gospel story; one that is so revolutionary that the church in many generations has found it too much to take and so has watered it down rather than allowing its full impact to be felt.
Guided by this book, you can rediscover the world changing power at the heart of the gospel. With resolve and purpose, you can follow an intelligent and gracious return to the revolutionary power and meaning of the four gospels for today’s real world Christians.
Tom Wright: Perhaps God has so ordered it in such a way that every generation has to grow up. Because if I could just get the answers right, give them to you, all you would have to do is go look them up and you wouldn’t grow up yourself.
Micky Marvin: I’m Micky Marvin from Harper One taking with Tom Wright who has a new book called ‘God Became King’.
Tom you’ve have had a fascinating history of spending many years in University and then many years in the church. Most recently as a Bishop. I was really intrigued in ‘How God became King’ in your argument that not only have the church’s teachings been criticised by sceptical scholars, even in our defense by conservative scholars defending tradition we’ve distorted how we tell the story of Jesus and how we read the Bible.
Um. can you explain how that works.
TW: Yeah. I think most Christians have actually, in the western world, been puzzled without evening know that they are puzzled as to what the Gospels are really there for. The way that the modern age is asking its questions over the last 200 years has driven wedges between different bits of the New Testament which we really ought now to be able to say “its time to put that lot back together again” - and when you do that its explosive!
A lot of Jesus parables are told precisely to say “No! The Kingdom isn’t what you thought it was!”. The story the Gospels tell, which is how God became King, is one that I think the whole western world has not only not wanted to hear, it has forgotten that the story was even out there in the first place.
We missed the right point
MM: What part of Jesus of our story about Jesus are wrong?
TW: For a great many christians in the western tradition the divinity of Jesus has been a major feature of their whole world view. “Look here in these miracles, wow, this shows Jesus must have been the son of God.”
People then say, “Well wait a minute, when Matthew writes his miracle stories Matthew knows perfectly well this was the sort of the thing that Elisha and Elijah did. Does that mean Elisha and Elijah were the son of God?”. Not in the same unique sense
Then theres the transfiguration, “but hang on, Moses and Elijah again, they are transfigured with Jesus so does that make them a second person of the trinity?”. Of course not!
And it is that whole framework that I think, if Jesus were to see, he would say “Sorry guys, you’ve just missed the point. I’m talking about God becoming King and that means God is running the show and however you’re going to do your politics in society. If you’re a christian you ought to do in such a way as to find a system which acknowledge the sovereignty of God even though then how that works out is going to be very tricky.”
|Page last updated||10th May 2013|
|Author / Artist||Tom Wright|
|Publisher||SPCK Publishing (April 2012)|
|Number of Pages||304|