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Making Choices: Practical Wisdom for Everyday Moral Decisions Paperback – February 1, 1990
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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.
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
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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I'm 37. This was a book that was required reading in one of my high school theology classes circa 1995. Read morePublished 23 days ago by L. O'Neill
This book really helped me with my online Theology course this summer. It was easy to read and understand.Published 10 months ago by Mercedes
Peter Kreeft is a great philosopher and writer and Christian. I never tire of reading his books!Published 12 months ago by Kris McNew
In the interest of full disclosure, I did not finish this book. I'm not writing the review to bash the author or his beliefs, though I will point out some that I personally find... Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by V. Daniels
My son and I have read this book and are in the process of discussing each chapter. It has been a wonderful tool for communication.Published on January 20, 2014 by Mary Fallavollita
Very quick delivery, and in perfect condition. The book is great for book clubs or just a leisurely read. look forward to reading more by this author.Published on November 6, 2013 by Eric LaCour
This book will require several rereads. Not because it is hard to read but the concepts are hard for the 21st century mind to own. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by pamela gallagher