New Testament theologian N.T. Wright is no stranger to wrestling with questions of cosmic weight. Author of over 30 books, his writing contextualizes Christian thought alongside the broader scope of human history. Earlier this year, we hosted Wright at a Veritas Forum at the University of Cincinnati, where he dialogued with philosophy professor Heidi Lene Maibom.
Unlike many Veritas Forums, where dialogue focusses on a singular topic or question, this Forum widened the purview. In the vein of a ‘greatest hits’ album, we wanted to ask each of these scholars the most fundamental human questions. We gathered five of Wright’s responses to these questions below:
1. What’s your worldview?
“We are supposed to be reflecting God into the world and reflecting the world back to God.” (7:30)
2. What is knowledge?
“The notion of love transcends that subject-object divide.” (5:30)
3. Who are we?
“All humans are to be people who stand… at the convergence of heaven and earth.” (3:30)
4. What is wrong with the world?
“We are all in this mess together, and if we are talking about what’s wrong with the rest of the world, we have to be prepared to have the critique bounce back at us.” (5:15)
5. What is the meaning of life?
“We humans are made for something more than this.” (3:00)