"As the argument of this book develops, it will become clear that we cannot simply regard this as a problem at which we simply shrug our shoulders and say, "Well, there are different views on these topics." What we say about death and resurrection gives shape and color to everything else. If we are not careful, we will offer merely a "hope" that is no longer a surprise, no longer able to transform lives and communities in the present, no longer generated by the resurrection of Jesus himself and looking forward to the promised new heavens and new earth." - Wright, SBH, p25.
No longer able to transform lives and communities. That is certainly what I see in the overall impotence of millions of evangelicals in America who are, for the most part, pessimistic about this present age.