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After You Believe: The Forgotten Role of Virtue in the Christian Life

After You Believe: The Forgotten Role of Virtue in the Christian Life
Author: Zondervan
ISBN 13: 9780061730559
ISBN 10: 61730556
Edition: 1st
Publisher: HarperOne
Publication Date: 2010-03-02
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
List Price: $24.99

Following two successful and award-winning titles on why the Christian faith makes sense (Simply Christian) and what really happens when life is over (Surprised by Hope), Bishop N.T. Wright turns readers to the surprisingly neglected question of how Christians ought to live in the here and now.

Publishers Weekly

How do you develop a character suited for God’s Kingdom? Practice, practice, practice. That, in a nutshell, is the message of this volume on building Christian character by Wright, a prodigiously prolific Bible scholar and Anglican bishop of Durham, England. In arguing for “this new vision of virtue, which is a vision of Jesus Christ himself,” Wright carefully explores such classical exponents of character as Aristotle. He also acknowledges the existence of other notions of encouraging behavior-based rules, duty, or being “true to oneself.” Drawing on scriptures from Genesis to Revelation, Wright asserts that true transformation comes through the work of the Holy Spirit and through worship, mission, and “following Jesus.” As the habits of virtue grow, the church community will become the royal priesthood it is meant to be, anticipating (one of the author’s favorite words) God’s coming new world. A follow-up to Wright’s Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, this solid volume will appeal to Christians who appreciate biblical interpretation that hews to tradition but incorporates an emphasis on contemporary social justice as an element of Christian virtue. (Mar.)