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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.
“Dr. Pennington is a true academic. But don’t hold that against him. Frankly, you’d have a hard time doing so, as he is exactly the kind of pastor-theologian we need more of. Just the mention of ‘philosophy’ conjures images of classrooms I lack the will to inhabit, but in his engaging and accessible style Pennington invites ordinary learners to sit at the feet of the most extraordinary philosopher. Jesus the Philosopher is concerned not merely with our dying and eternal state but with our living—and with our abundant living, at that. You hold a book that will expand your vision for human flourishing, as you gaze through ancient lenses on the face of the Savior.”—Jen Wilkin, author and Bible teacher
“I wish I had been introduced Jesus the Great Philosopher much earlier in life. It would have saved me from much struggle and error. I wish I had had a book like this one to teach how we can see and understand the way in which the truths taught by the world’s greatest thinkers are reflected in many ways in the everyday world around us—yet find their ultimate source and end only in Jesus. Deep and wide, informative and accessible, challenging and humane—this is a book that will help you not only to think better but to live better too.”—Karen Swallow Prior, author of On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books and Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More—Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist
“When many people think of philosophy, they think of arid and abstract syllogisms. That’s not this book. This book, written by one of the most brilliant biblical scholars of this generation, makes a compelling case for Jesus as Lord, as Savior, and as Philosopher. This philosophy of Jesus is incarnational rather than abstract, holistic rather than syllogistic, and revelatory rather than just argumentative. This book addresses the mind, the heart, the soul, and the life. That’s why it’s the book we need right now. Read and find wisdom. Read and find Christ.”—Russell Moore, president, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
“Our world continues to struggle with who we are, what we are about, and where to find happiness. Jesus the Great Philosopher addresses these issues and answers these problems by presenting Jesus as our all in all. Jonathan Pennington’s research and writing are a true gift to the church. Throughout this book, you will find his curiosity infectious and his excitement contagious. With the uncovering of ancient truths and the discovery of ageless practices, you will be motivated to love Jesus for all he is—the beginning and the end, the philosopher for all of life. Enjoy this book and learn to live with Jesus as your great philosopher.”—Kyle Idleman, bestselling author of Not a Fan, Grace Is Greater, and Don’t Give Up
“In Jesus the Great Philosopher, Jonathan Pennington lifts up an often-neglected aspect of Jesus’s identity in order to showcase the beauty of Christianity as a way of life—an answer to the meaninglessness and confusion felt by many today who look for solutions in philosophies that bring no lasting satisfaction. Pennington gives us a Jesus-directed introduction to many of life’s most profound questions.”—Trevin Wax, senior vice president of theology and communications, LifeWay Christian Resources; author of Rethink Your Self: The Power of Looking Up before Looking In and This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel