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About the Author

Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, is the author of such well-received books as Between Heaven and Hell; The Unaborted Socrates; Yes or No?: Straight Answers to Tough Questions About Chrisitanity; Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing; and Prayer: The Great Conversation.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Servant; Fourth Printing edition (February 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892836385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892836383
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter Kreeft has written a great little book for all those who are tired of hearing 'it's not so black and white'. Kreeft does an excellent job of explaining, simply and clearly, that right and wrong are objective - regardless of whether or not it is easy or makes someone happy. Kreeft also clears up some moral misconceptions like 'if it doesn't hurt anyone else, then it's ok' and 'the end justifies the means'. Also included in this book is an excellent discussion, scientifically based, on why abortion is objectively wrong (such as the fact that science has always defined a fetus as another human life, science has never been able to come up with a concrete time limit on so-called viability, and that a fetus has a distinct human genetic code that is separate from it's mother's).
While in reading this book Kreeft does spend some time talking about God and his Christian faith, his arguments are philosophically and scientifically sound across the religious spectrum. Regardless of a reader's religion/athiesm, Kreeft's logic applies. While Kreeft argues that morality comes from God, he also demonstrates that one need not know that or believe in God to understand and use objective morals.
This book is highly recommended for all readers who need help with a good strategy for making choices. It would also make an excellent gift for the person in your life who constantly argues that their morality is relative.
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This is another of Peter Kreeft's typically illuminative books, on the largely-neglected topic of moral reasoning.

Kreeft spends the first part of the book simply establishing the basic truths that once upon a time were obvious, but not in the present day - that moral laws exist and are knowable by human reason; that they are "built into" the universe, and thus true whether we know them or not; that moral relativism is self-refuting; and that morality ultimately derives from God (in Dostoevsky's words, "If there is no God, then everything is permissible").

His discussion of the Greatest Good is also very sharp, especially in its discussion of ends and means.

Part Four, in which he engages topics of Sex, Abortion, and Truth in greater detail, is really the meat of the book, and where Kreeft most directly engages modern culture. His discussion of sex in terms of sacredness is wonderfully clear - understanding sex as sacred simultaneously avoids both errors of hedonism on the one hand, and repression on the other. "Christian morality is based on human nature, on the kind of thing we are, and the kind of thing sex is. It is not the changeable rules of a game we designed, but the unchangeable rules of the operating manual written by the Designer of our human nature."

Kreeft's bit on our society's confusion between sex and money is utterly incisive - we use sex as a mere means of exchange (of pleasure), but we erect all manner of legal protections around money, treating it as virtually sacred, even expecting it to reproduce and grow. Priceless.

Kreeft's aim here is not ethereal or theoretical - this is not pie-in-the-sky, "out there" moral philosophy. He means to give real people real tools for living real lives in the real world, and in this, he succeeds admirably
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A very simply written and fun to read book. Like a good teacher, Kreeft has a knack for using just the right analogy to explain a thorny question. Vivid problems vividly pondered. While not an exhaustive philosophical treatise, it's a fine book for most of us common folk, presenting many problems you will face in your daily life.
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"Making Choices" is a book I would recommend to any person in any stage of life. The intensity of the content is coupled with the author's clear and candid writing. This book provides concrete information in a manner that's easy to follow, something that isn't always easy to do when speaking of morality. This book holds truths that unlock the path to happiness in this lifetime and following God's will. "Making Choices" clarifies a topic that is often as clear as mud in today's world. The author summarizes, uses analogies and metaphors, and makes moral absolutes and choices a concept simple for all people to learn, not just philosophers or theologians. If put into practice, this book will change lives for the greater good.
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Why do I give so many 5 star ratings. Well the first reason is I love reading. Secondly I want to complete a Doctorate in Philosophy. This essentially means I read an enormous volume of books, however, I do not have the time or inclination to read something which will not allow me to achieve my goal.

Peter Kreeft is a definitely a must read author. In my humble opinion he is quickly marching on to become the C.S. Lewis of the 21st century. Kreeft understates his case with precision writing that is to say, he is very easy to absorb then once finished the work of the author sets to work on the individual's mind in a manner just like Lewis. I realise this is a big call, however, this is the truth as I see it. Peter Kreeft is one individual who I would love to share a meal with however, I suspect dinner would conclude with brunch the following day. This is certainly not a sexual reference but one that simply says the conversation would go on and on. As I live over 20,000 km's away this is unlikely to happen.

Kreeft's writings, regardless of the book, underscores two essential principles. His work poses the question, then he provides two possible answers of equal regard but with quite different meanings. Kreeft generally does not provide all the answers, rather, he leads the reader to a point whereby they in turn make up their own mind. Therefore the reader becomes an active participant in the process.

Lastly, I do not have the time to spend reading worthless rubbish. The book is either truly exceptional therefore I carry on reading or the book does not value add my thinking and therefore ends up back on the shelf very quickly.

Read Peter Kreeft!
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