Jesus as a Philosopher of Kindness





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Published on Feb 15, 2018

Discussions of Jesus often miss that he was, quite aside from anything else, remarkably wise, one of the great philosophers of his time. An area of particular genius was his understanding of why people grow self-righteous. His work is rich in recommendations of how we might grow more kindly and empathetic. For gifts and more from The School of Life, visit our online shop: https://goo.gl/nd7sNd
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“We are so used to thinking of Jesus as a divinity whom we accept or reject on the basis of faith that we are apt to miss a far more relevant detail: that he was an extremely acute philosopher, whose rules on human conduct maintain a deep and ongoing applicability.
One of the most salient of his lessons comes in chapter eight of the Gospel of Saint John. Jesus has recently come down from Galilee to Jerusalem when some Pharisees, members of a sect focused on precise adherence to Jewish tradition and law, present him with a married woman whom they have caught having sex with someone other than her husband. ‘Teacher,’ they ask him, ‘this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. In our law, Moses commanded that such a woman must be stoned to death. Now what do you say?’…”

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