Thursday, December 11, 2008

What Happens After We Die?

Bishop N. T. Wright gives a brief answer:

And what does heaven look like?

So what does the crucified Jesus mean when he says to the thief on the cross, "Today you will be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43)?

But what if all of this doesn't sound like what I was taught in Sunday School?

For more, read Wright's book Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (HarperOne, 2008).


Joe Rawls said...

This is very good. I've read Surprised by Hope and recommend it highly. I really like Wright's emphasis on the resurrection of the physical cosmos, which has always been stressed in Orthodoxy but not so much in the West from about the Middle Ages onward. I can't remember this ever being talked about in twelve years of Catholic school. Wright's scenario is much more hopeful. Beats sitting on a cloud for all eternity.

Bryan Owen said...

This does,indeed, sound much more hopeful!

There are other videos in this series you may find interesting, such as the one entitled "Clouds and Harps: Is That the Real Heaven?"

Nate Dawson said...

as a post-evangelical whom is very attracted to the anglican communion - Wright has been a breath of fresh air as I emerged out of my baptist upbringing

I will be doing MTh work on his methodologies soon.

Bryan Owen said...

Thanks for taking time to comment, Nate. I agree wholeheartedly with you that Bishop Wright is, indeed, a breath of fresh air! I wish you well in your studies and in your explorations of the Anglican tradition's riches.