The beginning of wisdom

The beginning of wisdom

As we’ve heard the wisdom of the Teacher in our Ecclesiastes series so far, we’ve been confronted by his stark diagnosis of the world:  everything – everything – is meaningless.  The world is marked by injustice, chaos and absurdity.  The Teacher has offered some coping strategies, but no ultimate solution.

Here at the end of the book (Ecclesiastes 12:8-14), the Narrator steps onto the stage to offer his wrap-up.  Will he hose down the Teacher’s semi-blasphemous pessimism?  And what about the New Testament – does it resolve the paradox and leave Ecclesiastes irrelevant for Christians?

A lot has happened since the Teacher’s words were written down. In this talk we consider whether and how his words are still applicable today.


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