Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense


This course addresses the question of the reasonableness of the Christian faith in the modern world.

It features N. T. Wright and is based on his best-selling book Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense. In this ten-session course, Wright begins by exploring what seem to be universal longings — for justice and relationship, spirituality and beauty — and goes on to simply and powerfully explain the core of Christian faith.

Complete Study Package Includes

  • 10 video lessons and 9 bonus videos on DVD or download
  • Leader’s Guide (PDF version)
  • Participant’s Guide (PDF version)
Materials are available as a complete study package or individually. Please select your options from the resources below.

Available on DVD and download.

Note: If you choose the downloadable versions of the video lessons and bonus videos, each will be available for download individually. All the files together are 16.9 GB, so you may wish to save everything to a flash drive. The download links will be available on the receipt that is emailed to you upon purchase, so save your email if you do not download all files at once. Please check your email spam folder if you do not receive a receipt. All files will be available for download for one year from date of purchase.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to send DVD orders. Downloads and PDFs are still available.

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Product Description


N.T. Wright
N.T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading Bible scholars. He is now serving as the Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. For 20 years he taught New Testament studies at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities. Being both one of the world’s leading Bible scholars and a popular author, he has been featured on ABC News, Dateline, The Colbert Report, and Fresh Air. His award-winning books include The Case for the Psalms, How God Became King, Simply Jesus, After You Believe, Surprised by Hope, Simply Christian, Scripture and the Authority of God, The Meaning of Jesus (co-authored with Marcus Borg), as well as being the translator for The Kingdom New Testament. He also wrote the impressive Christian Origins and the Question of God series, including The New Testament and the People of God, Jesus and the Victory of God, The Resurrection of the Son of God and most recently, Paul and the Faithfulness of God.


This is an excellent course for both established believers and seekers that can be used with or without the Simply Christian book. (The book itself is written for a general audience but might prove a bit challenging for those not used to reading theology. The relevant section of the book is briefly summarized and then expanded upon in each lecture.) The book is available at Cokesbury and Amazon. Some churches have used Simply Christian again and again, even adapting it for use with youth groups and with new members classes.

Lessons and Video Presentations

  1. Simply Christian Introduction (20:45)
  2. Justice & Spirituality (16:30)
  3. Relationships & Beauty (15:22)
  4. God (16:47)
  5. Israel (17:24)
  6. Jesus (19:49)
  7. The Holy Spirit (16:27)
  8. Worship & Prayer (18:43)
  9. Scripture (18:33)
  10. Church & New Creation (18:37)

Preview of Lesson 1: Simply Christian Introduction

Bonus Video Presentations

The bonus video showcases stimulating, in-depth conversation between N. T. Wright and Richard B. Hays. The conversation can be viewed as a whole or watched by topic.

  1. Purpose of Simply Christian (3:50)
  2. Prayer (4:08)
  3. Israel & Judaism (8:05)
  4. Other Religions (3:21)
  5. Exile & the New Testament (9:23)
  6. Resurrection (10:13)
  7. Heaven & Earth (3:40)
  8. Evil (20:17)
  9. Unity & Diversity (11:22)

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