Bishop Is Authority on New Testament; Wright Will Speak and Sign Books at St. Mark's Episcopal and St. John's

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Byline: Charlie Patton

N.T. Wright, a retired Anglican bishop who is one of the world's leading authorities on the New Testament, will be in Jacksonville this weekend to speak and sign books at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and St. John's Cathedral.

He'll preach in two services Sunday at the cathedral.

J. Perry Smith, the cathedral's Canon for Pastoral Care, said Wright is noted for "being able to reduce complex theological thinking to everyday language." John Meacham, who quoted Wright extensively in recent Time magazine cover story "Rethinking Heaven Could Change the World," has said that "no one living today is writing more thoughtfully and compellingly about Christian theology than N.T. Wright."

Wright, chairman of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews, is the author of many books on Christianity, most recently 2011's "Simply Jesus" and 2012's "How God Became King."

In "How God Became King," Wright argues that many Christians ignore the substance of the Gospels and forget that between Jesus's birth and his death, he had a busy public career.

"I know many Christians for whom it would be quite sufficient to believe that Jesus was born and then died on a cross and never did anything in between," Wright said in a telephone interview. …