Category Archives: Ecclesiastes

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 … Continue reading

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The Politics of the Mist

I have a reflection on Ecclesiastes and politics over on Political Theology Today, largely drawing upon some previously posted material: ‘Vanity of vanities’—or, more literally translated, ‘vapor of vapors.’ There are few more potent and fecund metaphors for human life, activity, and … Continue reading

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Finding Joy in the Vapour

“Vapour of vapours,” says the Preacher; “vapour of vapours, all is vapour.” Perhaps there are few more potent and fecund metaphors for human life, activity, and thought than that of vapour, breath, or mist. Life is like groping through a … Continue reading

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