Meaning Without Meaning: A Christian Reflection on Ecclesiastes, Death, and the Meaning of Life

Meaning Without Meaning: A Christian Reflection on Ecclesiastes, Death, and the Meaning of Life

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Every thoughtful person eventually asks if there is a meaning to life, if there is some direction the universe and their lives are going, if life has some higher purpose. In order to live, to live well, we feel that we must understand first understand what life itself is and means. In Gerhard Stübben’s newest book, Meaning Without Meaning, he attempts to answer that question with a reflection on Ecclesiastes. Gerhard argues that Ecclesiastes is itself an attempt to answer that question – or, rather, an attempt to rule the question out of court. To answer the question by silencing it forever. “Everything is meaningless,” and so we no longer need to worry about living meaningful lives. We can, instead, simply live. Ecclesiastes frees us, Gerhard contends, to live life alive, awake, and free of the philosophical chains that had bound us. “Everything is meaningless, and that’s OK.”

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Contents

Introduction
1.     The Meaning of “Meaning”
2.     The Death of Meaning
3.     Meaning in the Mind of God
4.     Life, Death, And Life Again
5.     A Love That Surpasses Knowledge
6.     The Whole Duty of Man
7.     The Butcher, the Baker, and the Candlestick Maker

About the Author

Gerhard Stübben is an author, a co-host of Podcastica Patristica, and a graphic designer in Waco, Texas. He is the author of Magic and Technology: A Christian Reflection on Knowledge, Power, and the Fate of All Life, co-author of Divine Providence: A Conversation and Arius in His Own Words, the first ever stand-alone translation of the works of the fourth century heretic Arius.