Many of us tend to live as though Jesus represents the spiritual part of our lives. We don't clearly see how he relates to the rest of our experiences, desires, and habits. How can Jesus, the Bible, and Christianity become more than a compartmentalized part of our lives? Highly regarded New Testament scholar and popular teacher Jonathan Pennington argues that we need to recover the lost biblical image of Jesus as the one true philosopher who teaches us how to experience the fullness of our humanity in the kingdom of God. Jesus teaches us what is good, right, and beautiful and offers answers to life's big questions: what it means to be human, how to be happy, how to order our emotions, and how we should conduct our relationships. This book brings Jesus and Christianity into dialogue with the ancient philosophers who asked the same big questions about finding meaningful happiness. It helps us rediscover biblical Christianity as a whole-life philosophy, one that addresses our greatest human questions and helps us live meaningful and flourishing lives. Contents Your Personal Lord and Philosopher Philosophers, Martyrs, and Canoes The Genius of Ancient Philosophy The Bible as Philosophy? The Philosophical Big Ideas in the Old Testament The Philosophical Big Ideas in the New Testament Educating Emotions A Big Emotional Debate Christianity's Sophisticated Solution Restoring Relationships The Necessity of Relationships Christianity's Renewed Relationships Being Human and Happy Humans, We Have a Problem Christianity's Whole, Meaningful, and Flourishing Life
Pennington shows how Jesus shapes our whole life — our thinking, our relationships, and our emotions – to maximize human flourishing. Jesus is presented as the supreme philosopher, not one of the topic–specific gurus informing your politics or finances or career. You’ll enjoy the sprinkled references to different figures from Alexander the Great and Justin Martyr to Jordan Peterson and Steve Martin. Certainly recommend it!
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