The Philosopher and the Gospels

Jesus through the lens of philosophy


ISBN: 9780745955629 Categories: ,

ISBN: 9780745955629

Publication date: October 21, 2011

Format: Paperback

Extent: 192 pages

Dimensions: 216mm(length) 138mm(width)

Imprint: Lion Books


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The teachings of Jesus Christ, as presented in the Bible, are familiar to millions, but do we really understand them?

Keith Ward argues that, by scrutinising the Gospels through the lens of contemporary philosophy, we can discover a profound teaching that is not always apparent in traditional church teaching.

Ward’s analysis of what Jesus really said uncovers four central themes:
– that the Gospel is for everyone (but not necessarily everyone will be saved);
– that the Second Coming will lead to a future in the spiritual realm, not a physical world;
– that Jesus presents a moral ideal for life rather than a literal set of rules;
– that God is expressed initially through the incarnation of Jesus, but ultimately through the whole of creation.

Meet the author: Prof Keith Ward

Keith Ward is a fellow of the British Academy and Professional Research Fellow at Heythrop College, London. He was formerly Professor of Religion at King’s College, London, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, and a member of the Council of the Royal Institute of Philosophy. He is also a well-known broadcaster and author of over twenty books, including More than Matter? and Is Religion Irrational?

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