Jonathan Pennington Paper on Human Flourishing (video)

Recently Jonathan Pennington gave a lecture on Human Flourishing and the Bible”. Ancient philosophy has always asked the question, What do humans want?” In their each philosopher’s unique way the answer always comes down to flourishing”. What does the Bible have to say about human flourishing? How does this compare with other ancient philosophies? Pennington addresses this question and explains the differences and nuances of a Christian understanding of human flourishing. Watch the video below.


In a handout for the lecture he provided several helpful resources listed below:

Ellen Charry, God and the Art of Happiness (Eerdmans, 2010)

Brent Strawn, ed., The Bible and the Pursuit of Happiness: What the Old and New Testaments Teach Us About the Good Life (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Justice: Rights and Wrongs (Princeton University Press, 2008)

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Educating for Shalom: Essays on Christian Higher Education (Eerdmans, 2004)

Martha Nussbaum, The Therapy of Desire: Tehory and Practice in Hellenistic Ethics (Princeton University Press, 2004)

Servais Pinckaers, Morality: The Roman Catholic View (St. Augustine Press, 2003)

Paul J. Wadell, Happiness and the Christian Moral Life (2nd ed.; Rowman & Littlefield, 2012)

Eleonore Stump, Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford University Press, 2012)

NT Wright, After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters (Harper Collins, 2010)

Tobias Haffman, Jörn Müller, and Matthais perkams, eds. Aquinas and the Nichomachean Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

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