surprised-by-hope

I am currently reading through N.T. Wright’s Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. It has been an enjoyable and challenging read thus far, and I wanted to share one quotation that stuck out to me the other day.

Wright was speaking against the “myth of progress,” the once popular (and still popular in some circles) idea that with human advances in technology, education, etc., the world is gradually becoming a better and better place leading to some sort of utopia:

“Only in the Christian story itself—certainly not in the secular stories of modernity—do we find any sense that the problems of the world are solved not by a straightforward upward movement into the light but by the creator God going down into the dark to rescue humankind and the world from its plight.”

(p.87)

This is a primary message of Scripture (though people still miss it sometimes): things are messed up, and we are not capable of fixing them. God has to come and rescue us from our plight.