Christopher Wright argues that God has a 'mission' in relation to his creation. He created and saves the world as part of that mission. This book tries to put this across. It is similar to the 'New View' idea that God has a Cosmic Plan, and this pages briefly compares Wright's view with New View. Wright works this idea of the Mission of God out in four main parts:
This is similar to NewView in that NewView is also hermeneutically fruitful, and God's Cosmic Plan is what the Bible is all about. Moreover, to seek to read "with the grain" of the whole Bible is what A Brief History of God is about. See a NewView of Scripture.
This part has some useful insights that could enrich NewView and are implicit in NewView.
This is similar to the NewView notion of Representing God, especially that representation of God by humanity to the rest of creation. The statement of the human mission as care is very like the NewView emphasis on Radah as our Role.
This has much in common with NewView, especially that "Creation care is an urgent issue in today's world." [p.413]. But the reason Wright gives that we are to care is because God owns it, whereas in NewView the reason is that we are to love it, as part of reprsenting God. Wright sees humanity as stewards rather than shepherds of Creation. Wright gives four dimensions of humanity as image of God - addressable by God, accountable to God, with dignity and equality, and the gospel fits all [p.422-5] - but omits the NewView insight that image of God means representing God. Probably NewView has a stronger notion of evangelism, the work of the Holy Spirit and or revival.
Christopher Wright's book is a great step forward, collating many important ideas that have been growing. But it is written from a conventional background, with conventional deep presuppositions. As a step, we should begin with it rather than end with it.
Then we can perhaps make sense of what God is doing today in the world, and the warnings He is giving.
This page is offered to God as on-going work in developing a 'New View' in theology that is appropriate to the days that are coming upon us. Comments, queries welcome.
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Created: 15 April 2011 as part of Books, this file created from that 27 April 2011. Last updated: 23 January 2014 some links and corrections. 28 April 2014 Link corrected.