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New Testament Scholar Tom Wright talks on Jesus and the Kingdom of God

More than one thousand people came to St Paul’s Cathedral to hear Tom Wright, the world-famous New Testament scholar, talk about Jesus and the Kingdom of God.

Canon Mark Oakley, who chaired the evening, described Tom Wright’s understanding of Jesus as ‘compelling, provocative and energised’ and joked that he was speaking ‘under a dome just about big enough to contain his brain’.

Tom Wright says that what is wrong with the church today is that we have ‘simply forgotten what the Gospels are all about’. He challenged the audience to look again at the parables and teachings of Jesus – ‘close up and dangerous’ – and question whether we have ‘domesticated’ them, so that the ‘wonderful meanings that they rightly have for us as individuals is all the meaning that we allow them’.

He said that what they are in fact is a ‘vision of radical, cosmic renewal - a story of the world set free, and of human beings set free’.  

Tom Wright, who writes academically as NT Wright, was until recently the Bishop of Durham. He is the author of over 50 books about the New Testament, including Simply Jesus, How God Became King, and Surprised by Hope, all published by SPCK.  

View the film of Tom Wright's talk at St Paul’s Cathedral on 20 October 2015

This event was part of the Adult Learning programme at St Paul’s Cathedral: see events coming up at St Paul's Cathedral Adult Learning Programme