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Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis Aldous Huxley Paperback – May 16, 2008
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* Highlights common perspectives represented by C. S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy and Aldous Huxley
* Focuses on the trilemma that Jesus was either liar, lunatic or Lord
* Combines logical argument with creative invention
* Lively and engaging
* Excellent resource for those with questions about Christianity
* Includes a new postscript in which Kreeft describes why he wrote this book which has remained a standard of apologetic literature for twenty-five years
* Now includes the never-before-published dialog by Kreeft, "A World Without Easter"
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Although Nov. 22, 1963 is most well known for the JFK assassination, it was also the day that C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley died. In this book, the author has the three meet and converse shortly after death (but prior to a final judgment). They are each representative of different worldviews in this conversation. The positions articulated by each are western theism (Lewis), western humanism (JFK), and pantheism (Huxley).
The dialogues are well done and informative. Most readers will learn a few things in reading this. It is an effective, albeit basic, Christian apologetic. There are some excellent arguments presented by Lewis on a variety of topics. A couple that are particularly good deal with the reliability of the Bible and the question of hell.
I recommend this. It is entertaining and informative.
However this book is still absolutely worth reading; and the ideas it deals with may have changed, but the errors in them haven’t.
Peter Kreeft has a good understanding of Lewis and that can clearly be seen in this book. Kreeft knows Kennedy and Huxley less well, which he states clearly in his introduction. The debate is, therefore, uneven. If not for this, I would have given this book five stars.
If not for the ending, I would have given this book only two stars, but this book merits two additional stars because of the ending. Kreeft grasps and expresses, in the mouth of Lewis, a negative consequence of the egalitarian ideology. According to the egalitarian ideology, every person is equal to every other, not just in his or her dignity as a person, but in every way. This is obviously false. All people are not equal in every way, but those who hold this ideology wish that we were. This wish that reality was different than it is distorts their view of the world and prevents them from thinking reasonably about some things like religion. C.S. Lewis rightly attacked this idealogical error and Kreeft does well to write of Lewis's thoughts on this subject.
Shawn T. Miller
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Some of the references to other philosophies and authors passed me by but it was interesting to read the views of Huxley and Kennedy as presented.
For me, a slim volume is easier to read than an extended debate.