Brokenhearted Theology

N.T. Wright on Heaven and the Afterlife

N.T. Wright, one of the most profound and prominent theologians/thinkers/writers alive today, just wrote a new book, entitled “Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church.”  In the book, he offers his take on a Biblical understanding of what happens when we die and what terms like “heaven” and “resurrection” mean for Christians. 

There was a great interview with Wright in TIME magazine where he outlines his basic understanding of how the afterlife works and what it means for Christianity and the world.  Check it out at,8599,1710844,00.html.  Some important and provocative stuff, for sure.

I’d love to hear opinions on this.  Do you find yourself agreeing with Wright, or are you hesitant to accept some of the things he’s arguing?  How do you think this will affect the church, positively or negatively?  Do you think this understanding of resurrection and heaven changes the message of the gospel that many are familiar with?  Is this kind of view exciting or worrying?

Let me know what you think!


2 thoughts on “N.T. Wright on Heaven and the Afterlife

  1. mike says:

    i agree with wright, although i’m not a biblical scholar, so I don’t have much to base my opinion on. i arrived at my opinion after lots of discussion with my wife and small group – and I think for the most part, all of us would agree with wright’s view of heaven. my wife was the first person to tell me about this alternative look at the heaven/earth/afterlife interplay; it blew my mind at first, but then it just came to make sense. it really changed my life too. sometime in college i realized that it didn’t make any sense for me to isolate myself from bad things so that i could go to heaven, nor that i should concentrate solely on getting others to do the same – what an unnatural way to live out your belief system!!. at some point i figured that i as a christian should not only “do no harm” to people, but also help other people – but i just thought this is what a good christian should do.
    wright’s view really makes christianity come alive. it gives us a reason to fully engage this earth and it’s people. it tells us that sitting back in our cushy recliners is actually not OK. it’s actually not about me, it’s all about them. i’m excited that wright’s ideas may be gaining ground. it makes me excited to be a christian at this time in history. in my opinion, the sooner we can get rid of this “i’m going to keep trying to believe in jesus so that i can go to heaven and get out of this hellhole that is actually really cushy” idea the better.


  2. i skimmed the article a while back, i wish i had a more solid answer, i don’t have any huge disagreements with what he says… i do think many of us will find ourselves on the flipside and realize we were all a bit wrong about it all…


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