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NT Wright: “Simply Good News” | Talks at Google

Religious texts were written centuries. Are they still relevant to modern audiences? What about for those who are on the cutting edge of technology and rely on using a scientific lens to understand life.

N.T. Wright comes to Google to share how the wisdom contained in various religious sources can provide “Good News” to us today.

N. T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For twenty years, Wright taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities, and he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. Wright is the award-winning author of After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, and The Challenge of Jesus, as well as the much-heralded series Christian Origins and the Question of God.

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  1. I must admit, he is pleasant to listen to. Nice speaking voice and somewhat intelligent. Good person to meet at a party for sure. But.
    But since more and more people give up their belief in gods, the world is getting a better place. Religous people have no morality (which does not mean, they can't be morale), they are following their leaders like mindless drones. Sure, you can have partly good leaders like Wright, but also the mass murderers Jones and Mohammed, the child molesting warlord.

  2. This guy had absolutely nothing to say. The first question posed to him asked him to address something clear and specific about Ireland "rebelling " against the "Law" by voting for same sex marriage. Did he take the chance to actually deliver some "wisdom"? No he dishonestly started flipping and flopping in an attempt to escape dealing with anything real.

  3. I think it interesting that N.T. Wright was invited to speak at Google. His thoughts, and those of many others, are very important and necessary for a company that includes among its employees a leader that believes that "God does not exist, yet."

  4. Religious people (or at least the ones who matter on the world stage) are in for secularism, multiculturalism, and diversity. At the core of religion in the west is the separation of church and state.

    But, we are not in for an aggressive anti-faith society. I hope we can learn a lesson from this talk; it's time for religion to do the talking. Freedom of religious expression is not freedom from religious expression.

  5. I am amused at the folk who ridicule NT Wright; tipical youtube laymen tradition, yet no one even attempts to respond or object to the points he made.
    Tipical and sad to resort to ad hominem and not be open to a discussion without insulting the other to make one look intellectual.

    Many object to the evils of religion, but if God doesnt exist, what is evil? what does evil refer to?
    They are just subjective ilusions of human construct, without God man is just beset with delusions of moral grandeur.
    Why should our morality be considered better than that of animal morality?
    Morality becomes an individual prefrence or a colective choice, just as people prefer chocolate over vanilla, as Michael Ruse said: "The man who says it is morally acceptable to rape little children is just as mistaken as the man who says 2 + 2 = 5
    Where does the atheist base right and wrong?
    And if there is no base, the argument from evil against God is useless it is like cutting of the branch you are sitting on.

  6. NT Wright consistently demonstrates just how much right wing politicized Christian fundamentalism has set back and damaged the church's credibility in the United States. I'm really glad that Google had him come speak instead of just about any theologian from the North American continent.

  7. "Religious texts were written centuries." mmm – * ago? * before computers? * prior to the birth of all of us in the room? What an incredible scholar – super take on how God planned it right and is dealing with man's free will and making it right again – currently the middle stage.

  8. N.T. Wright is one of the great teachers in Christianity.  For those interested in learning more about the origins of the New Testament, you may want to check out my historical novel, Mark's Passion, which is the story of St. Mark, the Evangelist who first put the Gospel in writing.

  9. This guys talking and writing is like pulling teeth. He over exaggerates every point he tries to make and he's pompous. I can't stand to hear him talk. I get sick

  10. So godless google invites this guy to speak to "seem" inclusive. Just like Zuckerberg invited and met with conservatives to show everyone there was no censoring happening. Yeah, right. Not buying it.

  11. rule of thumb: if you preach the real gospel of christ you wil be hatred for it. Wrights popularity argues against his faithfulness to the gospel. it does not prove this of course, but what does is what he preaches. he might defend the resurrectiin but though this is necessary it is not enough, for the pharsieees believed in resurrection also. No. he goes to the practical core of christian living and guts it absolutely. he can deny that Gods is angry because he has no faith whereby he might believe the anger is placated in christ. but this is the carnal response. I am repenting of sin, one on one, including such unbelief as to have lived in terror for a long time, and this repentance is led by the Spirit. I know His voice and so this man I simply will not follow

  12. Wright ridicules imputation. this destroys any standing any christiayn can ever have with God. He denies that the gospel St Paul preached was about how to get saved. he lays us under a burden of works when he says we are only saved at the last judgement and thta based on our entire lives. he prefers the views of secularists as to first century judaism and ignores what Jesus Christ Himself said about it. he does not preach "simply good news" not when he eviscerates the gospel in his heretical new perspective on Paul. I get my views of him from his own quotes. He is a false prophet

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