Video: Is Ecclesiastes Nihilistic?

My latest video is in response to this question: ‘Ecclesiastes is a book that has long confused me. Its descriptions of all of life as vanity come off nihilistic and despairing. And yet it also speaks of God, of being grateful to him, of recognizing his judgment, and fearing him and obeying his commandments. I don’t understand how these things cohere. How do you understand the book of Ecclesiastes? Is it entirely trustworthy?’

If you have any questions, perhaps the best place to leave them is on my Curious Cat account.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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1 Response to Video: Is Ecclesiastes Nihilistic?

  1. Geoff says:

    Yes, indeed! More than well said.Thank you.
    Where is eternity to be found, that we have a longing for, the eternal life and what is it? The true Wisdom? Ecclesiastes is a book for all times, all eras, to point to the evangel, is it not: for those inside and outside the church?

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