N. T. Wright was asked to write a piece for Time magazine in the early days of the COVID-19 virus. Following that piece, Wright was overwhelmed with emails, letters, and phone calls asking for more information – out of that came this book. Wright is one of the most respected experts on the New Testament alive today. He has written more than 80 books, was a Bishop, a chaplain, and is currently a research professor at the University of St Andrews and senior research fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He has all the necessary credentials, the reputation, and the respect to provide the world with a Christian viewpoint that is well documented with scripture references and historical records.
Although this book has been considered controversial by some (claiming that it provides no answers), that should be overlooked as a petty and misunderstood reaction to what Wright has to say. Wright says that Christianity offers no answers – and that is correct in the sense that Christianity as a whole, in the scriptures and in doctrine, is not capable of telling us why the pandemic happened. At best it happened because something in nature is off-balance. Wright makes it very clear that if you are a Christian then you need to be looking at the pandemic and every other event through the lens of Jesus.
Wright gives specific examples of what Jesus teaches us about how to react to events of the crisis form. He uses scripture to back up every point he makes. Historically he tells us what Christians did during the first plaques following Jesus’ life and how they handled it. He uses the Bible and history to show us how we need to be handling the current situation. At less than 100 pages long I certainly encourage reading it, I believe you will find it thought-provoking and helpful whether you are a Christian or not.
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Sounds like a good book to make one stop and think.