Lots of controversial thoughts in the following video. My thoughts below. Please leave a comment. Note N T Wright does not embrace conditional immortality but he does challenge Christians to rethink much of the traditional views of the afterlife.
I have read most of NT Wright’s Surprised by Hope. He asks us to rethink ” Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church”. I greatly appreciate his perspective particularly in the area of Christian mission. He challenges much of the traditional view of the afterlife in a way that I find much more appealing than Rob Bell’s approach. He does not, however, embrace all of conditional immortality as you will hear in the video. On the question of immortal souls in his book, he writes,
“Again, much Christian and sub-Christian tradition has assumed that we all do indeed have souls that need saving and that the soul, if saved, will be the part of us that goes to heaven when we die. All this, however, finds minimal support in the New Testament, including the teaching of Jesus, where the word soul, though rare, reflects when it does occur underlying Hebrew or Aramaic words referring not to a disembodied entity hidden within the outer shell of the disposable body but rather to what we would call the whole person or personality, seen as being confronted by God. As to immortality, 1 Timothy 6:16 declares that only God himself has immortality, and 2 Timothy 1:10 declares that immortality has only come to light, and hence is presumably only available, through the gospel. In other words, the idea that every human possesses an immortal soul, which is the ‘real’ part of them, finds little support in the Bible.”1
Yet he still holds to a conscious intermediate state.
“N. T. Wright rejects eternal torment, universalism, and apparently also annihilation; but believes those who reject God will become dehumanized, and no longer be in the image of God”