I was at a fantastic Advent lecture by Bishop Tom Wright before Christmas, based on his new book ‘Surprised by Hope’ [Amazon]. It was a thorough exposition of Christian Eschatology, and a deconstruction of lots of the crazy ideas and bad thinking that dominate popular ideas about life after death. Ultimately it is given with the conviction that if we get our destination right we will travel with more confidence and joy. I am just about to start reading the book, but given some of the fascinating conversations we have been having recently I thought I would recommend it generally.
Update: Feb 08. Bishop Tom was interviewed by Time Magazine, and articulates some of the themes from this book. High profile interview, and a fine articulation (though some of Time’s questions seem a bit muppet)