As we turn into 2016, I'll be beginning a new preaching series at 2 Pillars Church working through the book of Ecclesiastes.
Peter Kreeft, a philosophy professor at Boston College, sets the stage well for the importance of this Old Testament book when he says:
"Ecclesiastes would be classified by premodern philosophers as a book about ethics, because it poses the most important of all ethical questions, the question that all the great ethical classics are most fundamentally about: Plato's Republic, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics, Augustine's Confessions, Aquinas's "Treatise on Happiness" in the Summa, Pascal's Pensées, Spinoza's Ethics, Kierkegaard's Either/Or: the question of the summum bonum, the greatest good, highest value, ultimate end, or meaning of life." (Peter Kreeft, Three Philosophies on Life, p17).
When I first became a Christian, I remember reading Ecclesiastes and feeling as though it articulated all of the questions that I had and didn't know how to ask. Kreeft expresses this sentiment as well when he writes:
“Ecclesiastes is the contrast, the alternative, to the rest of the Bible, the question to which the rest of the Bible is the answer. There is nothing more meaningless than an answer without its question. That is why we need Ecclesiastes… [T]he question Ecclesiastes raises is so deep that only an answer that is deeper still can satisfy the mind and heart that dare to ask it.” (Ibid., p19).
I'm really looking forward to diving deep in this book together as a church as we wrestle with the deep questions and strive to glorify God and enjoy Him together all the days of our vain lives under the sun.