Discover a different way of seeing and responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, an approach drawing on Scripture, Christian history, and the way of living, thinking, and praying revealed to us by Jesus.
What are we supposed to think about the Coronavirus crisis?
Some people think they know: “This is a sign of the End,” they say. “It’s all predicted in the book of Revelation.”
Others disagree but are equally clear: “This is a call to repent. God is judging the world and through this disease he’s telling us to change.”
Some join in the chorus of blame and condemnation: “It’s the fault of the Chinese, the government, the World Health Organization…”
N. T. Wright examines these reactions to the virus and finds them wanting. Instead, he shows that a careful reading of the Bible and Christian history offers simple though profound answers to our many questions, including:
Written by one of the world’s foremost New Testament scholars, God and the Pandemic will serve as your guide to read the events of today through the light of Jesus' death and resurrection.
“They ask three simple questions: Who is going to be at special risk when this happens? What can we do to help? And who shall we send?” (Page 32)
“The point is this. If you want to know what it means to talk about God being ‘in charge of’ the world, or being ‘in control’, or being ‘sovereign’, then Jesus himself instructs you to rethink the notion of ‘kingdom’, ‘control’ and ‘sovereignty’ themselves, around his death on the cross.” (Page 25)
“It means that, when the world is going through great convulsions, the followers of Jesus are called to be people of prayer at the place where the world is in pain.” (Page 42)
“That is our vocation: to be in prayer, perhaps wordless prayer, at the point where the world is in pain” (Page 45)
“The point is that God’s kingdom is being launched on earth as in heaven, and the way it will happen is by God working through people of this sort.” (Page 34)
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