Introduction to Boethius and the Consolation of Philosophy

Josh Gibbs introduces his course on Teaching Boethius and The Consolation of Philosophy

Recommended Reading

In this introductory lecture to Teaching Boethius, Josh Gibbs mentions the following works:

The Consolation of Philosophy by Anicius Boethius

The Discarded Image by C. S. Lewis (available online)

Job 38” from The Book of Job

 

Outline of Session

Discussion Questions
  • Where have you heard or used, perhaps unknowingly, the idea of “fortune’s wheel” in modern life?
  • Do you think it is possible that God created “luck” for the good of humankind? In what ways, and for what reasons, might he have done so?
  • Do you agree that self-pity is sin? Explain. (Use Scripture if possible).
  • Why might Boethius, certainly considered a Christian by others of the faith, have written concerning the consolation of philosophy (rather than of church, Christ, prayer, etc.) during his time of trial? Do you think philosophy can offer consolation to a Christian? Explain.
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