Welcome to Socrates’ Place

June 2016

It is with the utmost joy, that I announce the release of my first book, Socrates, Jesus and Freedom – A Philosophical Reflection (read intro). Follow along on my sojourn as I discuss the lives of Jesus and Socrates and through comparative analysis explain the parallels of their teaching techniques and philosophies on life.

Cover for book

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I came under the spell of Socrates at an early age, following his example and awakening from the amanuensis that, according to Socrates, plagues us all. When I reflected upon the care of the soul and quickening of the spirit that are tenets of Socratic teaching, I became aware of the connections between the teachings of Socrates and Jesus. Socrates taught that the highest purpose of the human being was to care for one’s soul and to be a lover of wisdom and by doing so we give birth to intellectual children (ideas) which will become immortal. Jesus taught us to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor 5:7 The New Inductive Study Bible). Socrates’ love for his fellow citizens is evident in the care that he took to guide the ancient Athenians in open conversations that led to the truth. The treasure of our Lord’s love for us belongs to each of us as individuals, and belongs to the past, present, and future for all human beings. Follow me as I point to the many similarities between Socrates and Jesus Christ, including the fact that both men never wrote anything down but had a profound effect on their followers — their spiritual influence remains as powerful today.

Thank you,
Joan Arnsteen

Socrates, Jesus and Freedom is dedicated to the loving memory of my sister Kay, who passed on September 11, 2014, and the loving memory of my Mom, Sara, who passed on September 16, 2014. I love you both and am missing you. The completion of this book would not be possible without the assistance of James T. Neumann, heaven’s emissary, who came to me to repair my broken heart with his love.


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