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The Gospel in an Age of Paganism

by Tom Wright

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Tom Wright explores the troubled relationship between Christianity and the world in this updated classic.

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Spiritual and Religious

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  • Looking to grasp the relationship between faith, the world, and religion?
  • It offers a healthy alternative to weakening your faith through outside engagement
  • Tom Wright's accessible style makes engaging with complex questions easier
'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 distinctiveness 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?'

Spiritual and Religious is a new version of Tom Wright's New Tasks for the Renewed Church, which is seen as a modern classic in Christian teaching.

Spiritual and Religious by Tom Wright was published by SPCK Publishing in May 2017 and is our 14053rd best seller. The ISBN for Spiritual and Religious is 9780281072842.

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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 of the 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. The New Shrines for the True God (1)

12. The New Shrines for the True God (2)

13. The New Shrines for the True God (3)

14. The Two-Edged Sword

15. The God We Confess

Epilogue: The Prayer of the Trinity


Details for Spiritual and Religious

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherSPCK Publishing (May 2017)
Number of Pages192
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code4514573
Page last updated 10th October 2018
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