God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and Its Aftermath Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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What should you think about the Coronavirus?
It's China's fault. It's America's fault. It's a conspiracy. The World Health Organization is in on it. We are being punished for harming the environment. God is telling us to repent. God is angry. The end is near. Why is this happening? What can we do?
These have been common thoughts and questions during the Coronavirus pandemic, brought upon by fear, panic, and confusion. But what should we really be thinking?
In God and the Pandemic, N.T. Wright uses both the Old and New Testaments to help Christians think through their reactions and responses to the pandemic. Offering spiritual guidance during a time of crisis, Wright helps readers reflect on scripture, prayer, and teachings from Jesus' life in order to think differently about disaster and how to react to it.
Gain insight on these questions:
- What should be the Christian response?
- How should we think about God?
- How do we live in the present?
- Why should we lament?
- What should we learn about ourselves?
- How do we recover?
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|Topic:||An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians||The Gospels||Jesus, Scripture, and Paul||The Apostle and his Letters||Jesus, Scripture, and Paul|
|Length:||992 Pages||368 Pages||400 Pages||224 Pages||768 Pages|
|Listening Length||2 hours and 36 minutes|
|Author||N. T. Wright|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||June 02, 2020|
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#44 in Christian Church & Church Leadership
Top reviews from the United States
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Should the church be closed? Well, N.T. Wrights take on the issue is not to debate whether we should be closed but to ask the question, does it really matter? The church can be the church whether it is meeting in a building or meeting online. The real question is, “What is the church doing to help out their fellow man during this time?”
He gives us a good historical look back on how the church responded in previous times to different plagues that ran rampant through the world. Often times the church was at the forefront of healing, caring and praying with the sick during different plagues.
I think he is correct that while the church is “closed” to worship services it is never closed to doing God’s work. Pastors and laypeople should not be absent from society during this time. They should be engaged in doing what they can to help during this time. Find creative ways to be God’s ands and feet to the people around you.
This is a short read, but there are some real nuggets of gold in there for each of us.
Wright isn't content to just provide pat answers, or to give us the answers we want to hear. He keeps going back to the Bible, back to Jesus, and back to our responsibilities as image-bearers of God. In an age of knee-jerk reactions, social shaming, and trying to out-shout your "opponents", such a stubborn view of the issues is not only refreshing and welcome, but necessary if we are to maintain our status as the people of God.
Wright builds a solid foundation for his premise, starting from the Old Testament, and walking us all the way through the Gospels and Jesus. And even though the book is short, this crucial part is given the time and care it deserves, though Wright does have a knack for saying what needs to be said in a succinct, and easy-to-understand manner.
It is true that you could skip these first three chapters, and get right to the meat of our proper response in chapters 4 and 5. And it would even make sense. But you would be doing yourself a disservice, and robbing yourself of some crucial context, not just for COVID-19, but for any tragic situation that might befall you in the future.
The pandemic is not a reason to push people to repent (though that may happen), it is not a sign of the end times (though we may be close - who knows?), and it is not God's judgment on mankind. What it is, is a time for the church to lament, to grieve, and then to *not* ask "Why is this happening?", but to ask instead, "What should we be doing?"
As you can see below I rarely give 5-star reviews. So I really mean it when I say this is a special booklet, one that every Christian owes it to themselves to read. And given its short page count, you don't have an excuse not to.
I noticed Amazon and Goodreads have a slightly different meanings to their 5-point scale. I thought it was odd to have a different rating for the same book on two different sites, so I came up with my own scale below. For the record, it is fairly close to Amazon's scale, but allows me to be consistent between the two sites.
5 - Fantastic. Life-altering. Maybe only 30 in a lifetime.
4 - Very good.
3 - Worth your time.
2 - Not very good.
1 - Atrocious.
Essentially a very specific book about theodicy, Wright re-casts some of his favorite themes including dismantling the misunderstanding that Heaven is the ultimate goal of the Christian life (explores in significantly more depth in 2007’s “Surprised by Hope.”)
While it is especially focused on our present moment, I can see a future when I recommend this book as a primer for some of the Bishop’s theology and style.
Top reviews from other countries
Jesus doesn't need church buildings for His work to continue, but He needs us to work beside Him on the streets of our cities. Helping, feeding the poor and needy, and showing the love of Christ to others.
I highly recommend this book