Table of contents for Surprised by hope : rethinking heaven, the resurrection, and the mission of the church / N.T. Wright.


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PART I ... SETTING THE SCENE
. All Dressed Up and No Place to Go?
Introduction  ........................................3
Confusion about Hope: The Wider World .................. 7
Varieties of Belief...................................9
2. Puzzled About Paradise?
Christian Confusion About Hope  ........................ 13
Exploring the Options................................  I6
The Effects of Confusion............................. 20o
W ider Implications of Confusion......................... 25
The Key Questions .................................. 27
3. Early Christian Hope in Its Historical Setting
Introduction...................................... 31
Resurrection and Life after Death in Ancient Paganism
and Judaism  ...................................... 35
The Surprising Character of Early Christian Hope............ 4o
4. The Strange Story of Easter
Stories W ithout Precedent .............................. 53
Easter and History.................................. 58
Conclusion................. ..................... 74
PART II ... GOD'S FUTURE PLAN
5. Cosmic Future: Progress or Despair?
Introduction................ ......................79
Option I: Evolutionary Optimism  ........................ 81
Option  2: Souls in Transit  .............................. 88
e. What the Whole World's Waiting For
Introduction .....................................93
Fundamental Structures of Hope ......................... 93
Seedtime and Harvest................................98
The Victorious Battle................................99
Citizens of Heaven, Colonizing the Earth  ................. ioo
God W ill Be All in All................... ........... iol
New  Birth.......................................103
The Marriage of Heaven and Earth  ...................... 104
Conclusion .............. ........................ io6
7. Jesus, Heaven, and New Creation
The Ascension ................................... 109
What About the Second Coming? ....................... 117
s. When He Appears
Introduction..................................... 123
Coming, Appearing, Revealing, Royal Presence ............. 124
9. Jesus, the Coming Judge
Introduction ........................................ 137
Second Coming and Judgment .........................142
i o. The Redemption of Our Bodies
Introduction....................................... I47
Resurrection: Life After Life After Death .................. 148
Resurrection in Corinth .............................. 152
Resurrection: Later Debates............................ 156
Rethinking Resurrection Today: Who, Where, What
W hy, W hen, and How.............................. 159
i i. Purgatory, Paradise, Hell
Introduction... ....................................  165
Purgatory......................................... 166
Paradise .. ........................................  171
Beyond Hope, Beyond Pity............................ 175
Conclusion: Human Goals and New Creation .............. 183
PART III ... HOPE IN PRACTICE: RESURRECTION AND
THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH
S2. Rethinking Salvation: Heaven, Earth,
and the Kingdom of God
Introduction.......................................189
The Meaning of Salvation  .............................194
The Kingdom  of God  ................................201
13. Building for the Kingdom
Introduction........................................ 207
Justice  .......................................... 213
Beauty......................................... 222
Evangelism  ......................................... 225
Conclusion......................................230
14. Reshaping the Church for Mission (I): Biblical Roots
Introduction..................................... 233
The Gospels and Acts ................................ 234
Paul...........................................246
5. Reshaping the Church for Mission (2): Living the Future
Introduction: Celebrating Easter ........................ 255
Space, Time, and Matter: Creation Redeemed .............. 257
Resurrection and Mission............................264
Resurrection and Spirituality  ........................... 271



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Future life Christianity, Eschatology, Hope Religious aspects Christianity