Wright vs. Wright: Liberation Theology or a New Creation?

michaelangelo.jpgStill scratching your head over how something called “liberation theology” can make Chicago’s Rev. Jeremiah Wright act the way he does? Still waiting for your “taken up” neighbors to go flying through the air? Was The Golden Compass strangely unsatisfying with its emphasis on a theology not seen since the Medieval thinking of Dante?

Despair no longer. A new Wright is on the scene. Bishop N.T. Wright, the author of a new book called Surprised by Hope says he doesn’t believe in heaven, at least the kind of heaven where everyone sits around on a cloud strumming a harp. The idea of heaven and hell may have become popular through the paintings of Michaelangelo or the writings of Dante or Milton, but it’s just not biblical. According to an interview with Wright in Time, “It says that Christ is coming here, to join together the heavens and the Earth in an act of new creation.”

Wright: Never at any point do the Gospels or Paul say Jesus has been raised, therefore we are we are all going to heaven. They all say, Jesus is raised, therefore the new creation has begun, and we have a job to do.

TIME: That sounds a lot like… work.

Wright: It’s more exciting than hanging around listening to nice music.

This theology has another advantage. Unlike some other theologies, this one is based on the teachings of Jesus.


3 Responses to “Wright vs. Wright: Liberation Theology or a New Creation?”

  1. Brittian Bullock Says:

    classic!!! I love you last words…turns out “this one is based on the teachings of Jesus”…love it.

    It’s amazing that when we begin to take our filters/goggles/blinders off how clear this can become.

    Anyhow…loved what you had to say.

    (oh…my name is Brittian; I post over at http://www.sensualjesus.wordpress.com Hope to get to know you more!)

  2. 4854derrida Says:


    I’ve just uploaded two rare interviews with the Catholic activist Dorothy Day. One was made for the Christophers [1971]–i.e., Christopher Closeup– and the other for WCVB-TV Boston [1974].

    Day had begun her service to the poor in New York City during the Depression with Peter Maurin, and it continued until her death in 1980. Their dedication to administering to the homeless, elderly, and disenfranchised continues with Catholic Worker homes in many parts of the world.

    Please post or announce the availability of these videos for those who may be interested in hearing this remarkable lay minister.

    They may be located here:

    http:// [redacted -N]

    Thank you

    Dean Taylor

  3. Nijma Says:

    Hello, Dean Taylor.

    I’ve just deactivated your links after seeing the tasteless and undocumented “dead fetus” photos you have posted on your website along with inflammatory language like “holocaust” and “fascist”. It would be irresponsible of me not to do so.

    Back in the 70s, the Roman Catholic anti-contraception extremists used a photo for a billboard they claimed was an “aborted fetus”. It turned out to be a species of fish.

    While I doubt if this latest round of creepy scare-tactic photos would stand up to medical scrutiny, there are always some impressionable people who can be manipulated by this kind of slick campaign. It is pretty clear from the statement made in court yesterday by the assassin of Dr. George Richard Tiller that he has seen something similar [audio link] that he claims triggered his decision to walk into that man’s church and kill him there in cold blood.

    I will not let this blog be used as an accessory before the fact to incite murder.

    Anyone interested in biographical material about anarchist Dorothy Day can of course google her.

    Thank you

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