N. T. Wright is known to many as a New Testament scholar of prodigious learning and a productive pen. Many evangelicals have major concerns over Wright’s doctrine of justification but have also taken note of his helpful attention to the new heavens and new earth. Whether one agrees with Wright substantially or not, no one can deny that he is an estimable scholar.
For that reason, Wright’s new TIME essay dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic surprised me and many others. It is entitled “Christianity Offers No Answers About the Coronavirus. It's Not Supposed To.” In what follows, I want to engage four sections from the essay that call for further reflection, particularly as many people will read this TIME piece and think that several of its assertions reflect common Christian thinking. As we shall see, they do not.