- Paperback: 172 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press; First edition (March 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0898705797
- ISBN-13: 978-0898705799
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ecumenical Jihad: Ecumenism and the Culture War Paperback – March, 1996
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Kreeft does not advocate surrendering principles; most believers simply are not going to do so. Catholics are not going to abandon the real presence in the Eucharist; Protestants will continue to reject the infallibility of the Pope. Muslims won't abandon Mohammed. Jews are not likely to accept Christ as Messiah. But yet there remain good reasons for these faiths to unite--in an alliance, while retaining their beliefs--against the common enemy that destroys our culture, that consumes decency and morality and faith, that kills the unborn.
No, this is not a book for the weak of heart or mind (or most liberals). Kreeft pulls no punches, and isn't afraid to call a spade a spade, to say things that will no doubt garner him the "fundamentalist" or "fanatic" or "extremist" label. But this, at root, is a work of hope, of a cautious optimism, of facing adversity with a smile. With the smile of assurance only faith can offer.
Prof. Kreeft starts this strange book with a couple of points. First, the world is in a state of moral decay. Second, traditional believers in various religions share a fair amount in common concerning moral principles. Therefore, they should put their theological differences aside and work for a better world. If Prof. Kreeft had stopped there, he could have written an interesting book on how this might be accomplished. Instead, the book consists mostly of rambling discussions about the various branches of Christianity, and the dialogue between Christianity and non-Christian religions.
By way of background, Vatican II liberalized the Roman Catholic view of non-Christians religions. Pope John Paul II has liberalized that view further, with an almost entirely positive evaluation of world religions. Mr. Kreeft extends this pluralism by implying that sincere believers in any religion (or none) are in fact Christians. For example, "even atheists and agnostics, if they are of good will . . . perhaps . . . can be called 'anonymous Christians', as Karl Rahner suggested . . . " [p. 31] "Is there . . a `hidden Christ' of Hinduism? When a pious Moslem practices his islam, his submission, might this be taking place through Christ . . . . I think this is very likely. [p. 156] In fact, Mr. Kreeft speculates that the "ultimate reality" of Taoists, Buddhist, and Hindus might be the god of Christians. [p.Read more ›
I don't care what Kreeft says or how many degrees he has, this is not an orthodox Catholic book, instead it is a book full of false ecumenism and apologies for Luther and Mohammed. I agree that we should be fighting moral decay in society regardless of what religion we are but the false ecumenism Peter Kreeft suggests is not Catholic. Why does Ignatius carry this book is my question. In short, Kreeft is not a bad man and not a bad author, but if you want a book with a Catholic view to fighting moral corruption than this is NOT the one. Don't steer away from this author just based on this one book, but stay far away from this one.
Kreeft is most effective in the manner in which he shows some very obvious facts, such as how the media and arts which influence our children are extremely biased against traditional religions. He indeed does this in a manner that ought to be capable of impresing anybody with an interest in religion.
However, the whole problem with every thesis done by any Catholic apologist like Peter Kreeft is the way in which they assume that the laws of the Church over the centuries are in any way natural. A look at secular sources, especially those of Marx or anarchist theorists, will show clearly how the laws that have governed and continue to govern the Catholic and Orthodox churches served to protect the power of the ruling classes. This was seen in the way the Church defended ruling classes in countries like Russia and Spain throughout the twentieth century, and may have contributed to their demise through the West (except in Australia and Red America where religion remains strong).Read more ›
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Amazon great service and great prices. I highly recommend any book by Peter Kreeft but if you really want to understand what is happening in our society today this book is a must... Read morePublished on September 18, 2010 by Francis W. Chamberand
Peter Kreeft is a succinct and insightful teacher and author. He is also prophetic. In 'Ecumenical Jihad' he binds and discusses the commonalities of faith and culture that exist... Read morePublished on September 17, 2006 by Rocky Raccoon
If you feel any part of this book is true, or maybe could be true, or is a little bit true you are either a non-believer, apostate or oblivious. Read morePublished on April 21, 2006 by Anton Barone
This book follows the leading inspiration of our Holy Father Pope John Paul II's interreligious dialogue to a fuller peaceful understanding between major religions around the... Read morePublished on January 11, 2004 by Noel Oco
This book is a must-read for anyone who is seriously concerned about the current state of our culture. Read morePublished on November 18, 2000
Generally speaking, I'm not one for polemic language or rallying war-cries, but Peter Kreeft's "Ecumentical Jihad" is the exception (and quite infectious so excuse my... Read morePublished on November 29, 1999 by Emily Snyder