Socrates, Jesus and Freedom: A Philosophical Reflection
Joan Arnsteen, author
Socrates, Jesus and Freedom is a philosophical reflection on the teaching of Socrates and Jesus. The book describes how we learn to care for our souls by asking questions. There are many similarities between Socrates and Jesus, for example, both men never wrote anything down but had a profound effect on their followers. The author's goal is to bridge the gap between the mundane philosophy of Socrates and Christian philosophy for our personal growth. The author accomplishes this goal by examining the teaching similarities between Socrates and Jesus -- both men taught using dialectic (question and answer) and inductive reasoning, that is, showing us the small things so that we may understand the big picture. Both men taught how to utilize the tools of reason to intellectually move from an understanding of the particulars to the universal idea. The author utilizes Plato's Republic and the Bible as the source book for her argument. The author moves with ease among complex ideas and presents Socrates and Jesus in a way that will cause the reader to think about both philosophy and religion in a new and different way. The author's message is one of individual freedom that will bring us spiritual growth, love, peace, joy, pleasure and happiness.