N. T. Wright Character Analysis

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Developing virtue and a transformation of character is a process, according to Wright, and it requires “moral effort.” This should be a deliberate effort on one’s part, practicing the morally correct habits of life, showing that God’s Kingdom is “turning the world right way up”, purifying the world so that it becomes the dwelling place of God’s glory. Living not to please yourself, but to please God, is the perfect example of the pattern of Christian life, just as Jesus showed not how to do it but what to do with being crucified to rescue our world. As a result, Christians become a more “full human being” and reflect the divine image of God from the world to Him and from Him to the world.

As stated earlier, Christians constantly question their character role within God’s Kingdom. Wright suggests that the Christian character consists of three virtues, nine fruits, and one body. The three virtues are faith, hope, and love; the nine fruits are known as the fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, fidelity, tolerance,
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Wright’s book. He is too restrained in the idea that of the consequences of not living a virtuous Christian life that constantly pursues virtuous living. Wright says this simply “will not do” which is an example of an understatement. I believe it would have been beneficial for him to take more time to explain this further, giving the reasons behind the consequences of not constantly pursuing a Christian virtuous life. In addition, I also enjoyed the fact that Wright recognizes that evangelism is the center point of living a Christian virtuous life. He gives a good example and definition as to what he believes evangelism is: persuading others to trust Jesus and proclaiming Jesus. However, I think it would have been great if his story was just a little bit longer in order for me to read on about how evangelism shapes Christians into God’s missionary

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