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Surprised by Scripture
by Tom Wright
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
I am always challenged to think more deeply by Tom Wright's teaching, and this book was no exception. He addresses some contemporary issues from a Biblical perspective in his usual dense but readable style. Each 'chapter' is in fact a reprint of a lecture or sermon or seminar topic which he presented in various places in the States and the UK between 2004 and 2013. He notes in his preface that in almost all cases, he did not take the initiative to write or speak on these subjects but responded to questions that others had raised.
Given this background and the nature of the topics he addresses, there is obviously some overlap and repetition of material. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. The subjects I found most helpful were 'The Biblical case for ordaining women' and 'Do we need a historical Adam?'. The first because I have thought about it a lot, and the second because it had never before crossed my mind as a question to ask!
Among other questions he tries to answer are 'Is it possible to love the Bible and affirm evolution?' and 'Can a scientist believe in the Resurrection?'.
You can dip into this book and read the essays that interest you most. But I think you will read it all in the end!
Reviewer: Jackie Rowe (31/12/14)