70 N. T. Wright Quotes from English New Testament Scholar

N. T. Wright also known as Tom Wright is a well-known Bible scholar and former Bishop of Durham.

He has worked at the University of Saint Andrews and Oxford University.

He’s been featured on several TV shows and has written many books with “Paul: A Biography” and “The Resurrection of the Son of God” being notably acclaimed.

N. T. Wright Quotes

Wright is known for his fresh perspectives on biblical topics challenging popular beliefs like the literal Rapture.

His writings deeply explore theology Christian living and their interplay.

I have compiled the best quotes by N. T. Wright to inspire you.

Best N. T. Wright Quotes


True worship doesn’t keep looking at its watch. ~ N. T. Wright.


Within orthodoxy, there is always a danger of faith collapsing into fear. ~ N. T. Wright.


You can’t reconcile being pro-life on abortion and pro-death on the death penalty. ~ N. T. Wright.


It’s not great faith you need; it is faith in a great God. ~ N. T. Wright.


Justice never means “treating everybody the same way”, but “treating people appropriately”. ~ N. T. Wright.


The Biblical vision is not so much concerned with life after death but about life after life after death. ~ N. T. Wright.

Part of Christian belief is to find out what’s true about Jesus and let that challenge our culture. ~ N. T. Wright.


Logic cannot comprehend love; so much the worse for logic. ~ N. T. Wright.

The Holy Spirit in enabling the already-justified believers to live with moral energy and will so that they really do please God again and again. ~ N. T. Wright.

Easter is about Jesus: the Jesus who announced God’s saving, sovereign kingdom… ~ N. T. Wright.


Famous N. T. Wright Quotes

The word “salvation” denotes rescue. Rescue? What from? Well, of course, ultimately death. And since it is sin that colludes with the forces of evil and decay, sin leads to death. So we are rescued from sin and death. ~ N. T. Wright.

When you gaze in awe, admiration, and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship. ~ N. T. Wright.


Tolerance is a cheap, low-grade parody of love. Tolerance is not a great virtue to aspire to. Love is much tougher and harder. ~ N. T. Wright.

I believe we face the question: if not now, then when? And if we are grasped by this vision, we may also hear the question: If not us, then who? And if the gospel of Jesus is not the key to this task, then what is? ~ N. T. Wright.

Without God’s Spirit, there is nothing we can do that will count for God’s kingdom. Without God’s Spirit, the church simply can’t be the church. ~ N. T. Wright.

Jesus himself, as the gospel story goes on to its dramatic conclusion, lives out the same message of the Sermon on the Mount: he is the light of the world, he is the salt of the earth, he loves his enemies and gives his life for them, he is lifted up on a hill so that the world can see. ~ N. T. Wright.


Death is the ultimate weapon of the tyrant; resurrection does not make a covenant with death, it overthrows it. ~ N. T. Wright.

Deism, historically, produces atheism. First you make God a landlord, then an absent landlord, then he becomes simply absent. ~ N. T. Wright.

Top N. T. Wright Quotes

Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty, not because God is mean or fault- finding or finger-pointing but because he wants us to know the joy of being cleaned out, ready for all the good things he now has in store. ~ N. T. Wright.

Worship is humble and glad, worship forgets itself in remembering God; worship celebrates the truth as God’s truth, not its own. ~ N. T. Wright.


Easter was when Hope in person surprised the whole world by coming forward from the future into the present. ~ N. T. Wright.

True worship doesn’t put on a show or make a fuss; true worship isn’t forced, isn’t half-hearted, doesn’t keep looking at its watch, doesn’t worry what the person in the next pew is doing. True worship is open to God, adoring God, waiting for God, trusting God even in the dark. ~ N. T. Wright.

It is faith that looks up at the creator God and knows him to be the God of love. And it is faith that looks out at the world with the longing to bring that love to bear in healing reconciliation, and hope. ~ N. T. Wright.

When we begin to glimpse the reality of God, the natural reaction is to worship him. Not to have that reaction is a fairly sure sign that we haven’t yet really understood who he is or what he’s done. ~ N. T. Wright.

I’m not a universalist, and the way I talk about final loss is this: People worship idols – money, whatever. Their humanness gets reshaped around the idol – you become like what you worship. That’s one of the basic spiritual laws. ~ N. T. Wright.

Popular N. T. Wright Quotes

Christmas is God lighting a candle; and you don’t light a candle in a room that’s already full of sunlight. You light a candle in a room that’s so murky that the candle, when lit, reveals just how bad things really are. ~ N. T. Wright.

The imminent demise of the church has been predicted since the middle of the 18th century. This is the regular secular mantra if churchgoing declines. I could take you to plenty of churches that are full to bursting and new churches being built. ~ N. T. Wright.

Jesus didn’t really die-someone gave him a long drug that made him look like dead, and he revived in the tomb. Answer: Roman soldiers knew how to kill people, and no disciple would have been fooled by a half-drugged, beat-up Jesus into thinking he’d defeated death and inaugurated the kingdom. ~ N. T. Wright.

At the heart of Christian ethic is humility; at the heart of its parodies, pride. Different roads with different destinations, and the destinations color the character of those who travel by them. ~ N. T. Wright.

One of the reasons we do history, in fact, is because it acts as a brake, a control, on our otherwise unbridled enthusiasm for our own ideas. ~ N. T. Wright.

The question of Heaven, the question of what happens after death, is one which a lot of people in our culture try to put off as long as they can, but sooner or later it suddenly swings round and looks them in the eye. ~ N. T. Wright.

God is the one who satisfies the passion for justice, the longing for spirituality, the hunger for relationship, the yearning for beauty. And God, the true God, is the God we see in Jesus of Nazareth, Israel’s Messiah, the world’s true Lord. ~ N. T. Wright.


The kingdom that Jesus preached and lived was all about a glorious, uproarious, absurd generosity. ~ N. T. Wright.

Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about. ~ N. T. Wright.

Great N. T. Wright Quotes

Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. ~ N. T. Wright.

Worship is love on its knees before the beloved; just as mission is love on its feet to serve the beloved. ~ N. T. Wright.

Christ’s resurrection doesn’t mean escaping from the world; it means mission to the world based on Jesus’s lordship over the world. ~ N. T. Wright.

Blessed are the pure in heart; how will people believe that, unless we ourselves are worshiping the living God until our own hearts are set on fire and scorched through with his purity? ~ N. T. Wright.

The message of Easter is that God’s new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you’re now invited to belong to it. ~ N. T. Wright.

When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves – that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience. ~ N. T. Wright.

The Bible is the book of my life. It’s the book I live with, the book I live by, the book I want to die by. ~ N. T. Wright.


People often get upset when you teach them what is in the Bible rather than what they presume is in the Bible. ~ N. T. Wright.

The call of the gospel is for the church to implement the victory of God in the world through suffering love. ~ N. T. Wright.

Insightful N. T. Wright Quotes

Heard in full sound, the Gospels tell about the establishment of a theocracy, and portray what theocracy looks like with Jesus as king. ~ N. T. Wright.

Jesus of Nazareth ushers in not simply a new religious possibility, not simply a new ethic or a new way of salvation, but a new creation. ~ N. T. Wright.

Art is love creating the new world and justice is love rolling up its sleeves to heal the old one. ~ N. T. Wright.

Our culture is so fixated on dying and going to heaven when the whole Scripture is about heaven coming to earth. ~ N. T. Wright.

Love is not just tolerance. It’s not just distant appreciation. It’s a warm sense of, ‘I am enjoying the fact that you are you.’ ~ N. T. Wright.

The closer you get to the truth, the clearer becomes the beauty, and the more you will find worship welling up within you. That’s why theology and worship belong together. ~ N. T. Wright.

Hope, for the Christian, is not wishful thinking or mere blind optimism. It is a mode of knowing, a mode within which new things are possible, options are not shut down, new creation can happen. ~ N. T. Wright.

The Bible is there to enable God’s people to be equipped to do God’s work in God’s world, not to give them an excuse to sit back smugly, knowing they possess all God’s truth. ~ N. T. Wright.

Those in whom the Spirit comes to live are God’s new Temple. They are, individually and corporately, places where heaven and earth meet. ~ N. T. Wright.

Wise N. T. Wright Quotes

Wherever St. Paul went, there was a riot. Wherever I go, they serve tea. ~ N. T. Wright.

True worship is open to God, adoring God, waiting for God, trusting God even in the dark. ~ N. T. Wright.

The whole point of the kingdom of God is Jesus has come to bear witness to the true truth, which is nonviolent. When God wants to take charge of the world, he doesn’t send in the tanks. He sends in the poor and the meek. ~ N. T. Wright.

Learning to live as a Christian is learning to live as a renewed human being, anticipating the eventual new creation in and with a world which is still longing and groaning for that final redemption. ~ N. T. Wright.

The New Testament picks up from the Old the theme that God intends, in the end, to put the whole creation to rights. ~ N. T. Wright.

If you have never felt or known the sheer power and strength of God’s love, take another look at Jesus dying on the cross. ~ N. T. Wright.

The work of the kingdom, in fact, is summed up pretty well in those Beatitudes. When God wants to change the world, he doesn’t send in the tanks. He sends in the meek, the mourners, those who are hungry and thirsty for God’s justice, the peacemakers, and so on. ~ N. T. Wright.

It is faith alone that justifies, but faith that justifies can never be alone, though one is justified by faith alone, the faith which justifies is never in fact alone. ~ N. T. Wright.

I am convinced that when we bring our griefs and sorrows within the story of God’s own grief and sorrow, and allow them to be held there, God is able to bring healing to us and new possibilities to our lives. That is, of course, what Good Friday and Easter are all about. ~ N. T. Wright.

Resurrection means bodily life after ‘life after death,’ or, if you prefer, bodily life after the state of ‘death’ ~ N. T. Wright.

I think future generations will say the late 20th century and the early 21st century was a time of great convulsions and upheavals. ~ N. T. Wright.

Christian living means dying with Christ and rising again. That, as we saw, is part of the meaning of baptism, the starting point of the Christian pilgrimage. ~ N. T. Wright.

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