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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; No Edition Stated edition (May 16, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830823166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830823161
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We're at war and we don't even know it, claims Kreeft, a philosophy professor at Boston College and a popular Christian writer. He describes the state of modern society and calls Christians back to a more biblical view of the world, pointing to the reality of evil spiritual beings, the existence of sin and the importance of recognizing the results of cultural pressure. He also has a fascinating argument concerning the central role of sexuality in the current "culture wars." Unfortunately, many readers will be driven off by Kreeft's snide, caustic tone. For example, he describes those who embrace the New Age movement as people "who always seemed to be flighty, flaky and female, at least in spirit." Moreover, while Kreeft frequently refers very positively to ecumenism, his perspective is much more Roman Catholic than reflective of the wider Christian audience he seeks to reach. Many readers will not agree that, for example, contraception should be categorized together with "sodomy, fornication and prostitution" as "clear and obvious sins." Kreeft's venture into the "Screwtape" idiom of C.S. Lewis makes for very interesting reading, though here, again, the assumption that the Protestant Reformation was a particularly successful attack by Satan will jar many. Kreeft ends the book with a call to sainthood, exhorting Christians to genuinely live out the goodness made available to them by the grace of God, and a stirring affirmation that goodness will indeed triumph over evil.
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About the Author

Peter J. Kreeft (Ph.D., Fordham University) is professor of philosophy at Boston College where he has taught since 1965. A popular lecturer, he has also taught at many other colleges, seminaries and educational institutions in the eastern United States. Kreeft has written more than fifty books, including The Best Things in Life, The Journey, How to Win the Culture War and, with Ronald Tacelli, Handbook of Christian Apologetics.

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---"Beauty" -- The branch of philosophy dealing with aesthetics.
---"C. S. Lewis and Mere Christianity" -- C.S. Lewis' masterpiece
---"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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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful By The Rev. Dr. Daniel J. G. G. Block on July 16, 2003
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Peter Kreeft is not a nut. The holder of a Ph.D., he serves as a professor of philosophy at Boston College: a school well noted for its intellectual rigors. His academic credentials are immaculate.
Peter Kreeft is not insular. Teaching at a Roman Catholic college and obviously holding strong allegiance to Roman Catholic tradition, he manages to quote Martin Luther and Chuck Colson. He dedicates this book to James Dobson, Richard John Neuhaus and Alan Keyes. His ecumenical credentials are perfect.
However, because Dr. Kreeft recognizes the seriousness of the issue at hand, and because he states his case with strident passion, he will inevitably be belittled by the irreligious, the merely spiritual, and liberal, "feel-good" Christians, alike.
The issue that Dr. Kreeft seeks to define is the difference between popular culture and true faith. His is the voice in the wilderness crying that there can be no easy peace between our secular culture of death, and faith in the living LORD of life. Accepting his claim requires learning how to see what is broken in the society that surrounds us.
The response that Dr. Kreeft seeks to elicit is sanctification: more faithful obedience to God's Word, and a weakening of the claims that our sinful world makes upon its Christian inhabitants. Accepting his call requires learning how to let go of the privileges, amenities and pleasures of popular culture. Accepting his call requires disciplined discipleship.
Those who claim their privileges, demand their entitlements, and are in love with this world will belittle Peter Kreeft. Despite their attacks, his is a corrective, conservative voice that Christ's Church must hear.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Corum Seth Smith on April 30, 2005
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I think Kreeft explains this clearly in the beginning, but a non-Christian, or even an unorthodox, non-normative Christian, will simply not understand this book.

The irony to me is this: I am an Evangelical Baptist, Kreeft a devout Catholic. I vehemently agree with Kreeft on every point as a brother in Christ; having far more in common with him than with modernist "Baptists" who have simply folded up camp and retreated fearfully from ideological opponents. Kreeft himself says in the book that he has more in common with me than with a Kennedy in his own state. He is right.

Non-Christians will probably find this book horrible. I don't think Kreeft was writing for a broad audience here- he realized that sometimes it is important, even necessary to preach to the allegedly obedient "choir."

The chapter with Satan discussing the battle plan is a page right out of the "Screwtape Letters." I think I have truly found a kindred spirit in Peter Kreeft, I would love to just talk to him someday.

Back on topic: The essence of this book is a call ideally to all Americans to a state of higher moral and spiritual purity. In this sense he will have vehement detractors; I laughed when he said the book would be banned in Canada as "hate speech" not because I thought he was paranoid, but because it seemed very plausible.

Finally his book uncovers an interesting dichotomy. Those in power reserve the right to define "progress." Christians who believe otherwise are subtly or not so subtly labeled as extremists and perhaps considered "regressive." It shows an inherent flaw with people who push "tolerance" as the cardinal virtue, because there are a large group of people who they themselves cannot tolerate, or even hate.
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116 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on November 18, 2002
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Peter Kreeft is a respected philosophy professor at Boston College. He has written many influential books, and is in many ways a Catholic version of C.S. Lewis. That is, he is an indefatigable apologist for the Christian faith in an increasingly hostile and secular environment.
In his newest book, Kreeft engages in a forceful, almost emotional, assault on the cultural decline everywhere apparent in the West. In many ways this is a more popular and polemic approach than is found in his previous books, However, given the urgency and importance of the matter, he may be right to use such an approach.
He wastes no time in laying out his brief. We are at war, he argues, The soul of the West is being fought over, and it doesn't look good for our side. But knowing that we are at war is the first prerequisite for winning it. As such, we need to enter into a wartime consciousness, and get our priorities right. We need to give up our trivial pursuits and get involved in this life or death struggle.
Of course Kreeft realises that this is not just a battle against flesh and blood (or governments and cultures). It is ultimately a spiritual battle, and the most effective weapon is saints - believers who have decided to represent Christ fully in a dark and ungodly age. And saints always go into the "moral ghettos", be they Moses or Christ. "Saints are society's white corpuscles, society's saviors" he says. "If nobody wants to crucify you, you're not doing your job. Or else your job isn't his work."
Thus the fight is ultimately about which will prevail: secularism or faith. Kreeft argues that secularism is a doomed philosophy, and that no secular society has survived for more than 72 years (the former USSR being our best test case to date).
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