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Ecumenical Jihad: Ecumenism and the Culture War Paperback – March, 1996

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  • 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: #1,596,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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---"Beauty" -- The branch of philosophy dealing with aesthetics.
---"C. S. Lewis and Mere Christianity" -- C.S. Lewis' masterpiece
--- Charisms: Visions, Tongues, Healing, etc. (feat. Dave Nevins)
---"Christianity in Lord of the Rings" -- The cleverly disguised role of God
---"Culture War" -- A call to arms, mapping key enemies and battlefields
---"Existence of God" -- A magnificent overview of the arguments
---"Good, True, Beautiful" -- C.S. Lewis on three great transcendentals
---"Happiness" -- How do you get it? Christ's version vs. the world's
---"Heaven" -- The heart's deepest longing
---"Hollywood Screenwriting" -- Encouragement to film's creative storytellers
---"If Einstein Had Been a Surfer" -- Rediscovering intuitive thinking
---"Lord, Liar, or Lunatic" -- The famous argument for Christ's identity
---"Problem of Pain" -- C.S. Lewis's brilliant exposition on suffering and evil
---"Sex in Heaven" -- Imaging the fire of God's love
---"Sexual Reconnection" -- Healing the link between sex & love
---"Shocking Beauty" -- The live character of Christ

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29 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Yalensian VINE VOICE on December 5, 2002
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The "jihad" in the title is somewhat jarring at first, especially today when Islamic fundamentalism and its physical form of holy war are at the fore of discussion and concern. And yet its deeper meaning to Kreeft's argument soon becomes clear. Jihad--an inner pursuit of truth and the outward performance of holy deeds--is pursued by people of all faiths, if not by that name. Surely some common ground must exist.
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.
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111 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jackson on May 4, 2002
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Prof. Peter Kreeft teaches in the philosophy department at Boston College, an officially Roman Catholic institution. A convert to Roman Catholicism, he has written a number of books, many of which are (as is this) published by Ignatius Press, an ostensibly orthodox Roman Catholic publishing house.
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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James V. Zeitz on February 6, 2012
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Personal experience of the value of Roman Catholic views from a convert. Good points on the value of the Eucharist for Catholics
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mclusky on July 16, 2010
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Some of the stuff Peter Kreeft writes is pretty decent if not excellent ( Summa of the Summa and A Refutation of Moral Relativism to name two) but this gets the prize for being the worst of anything I have ever read that he has written. Although I think he understands that things are awry in the world, his false ecumenism with non Catholic religions is hardly a Catholic way of looking at things, and yet Mr. Kreeft considers himself Catholic. If we are to look at Vatican II in the light of tradition ( a tradition that soundly condemned "ecumenism", especially this false lowest common denominator kind; Pius XI's Mortalium Animos anyone?) than no Catholic in good standing could support the ideas built up in this book that make it seem like all religions and none are equal in the eyes of God. Books like this are exactly why us traditional Catholics look askance at the murky language of Vatican II documents; because people like Peter Kreeft just run with them and come up with bizarre and heretical stuff like this. What ever happened to the clear and concise language used in the Council of Trent?

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.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francis W. Chamberand on September 18, 2010
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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.
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