- Paperback: 600 pages
- Publisher: Ignatius Press; 3.2.2009 edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1586172794
- ISBN-13: 978-1586172794
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 50 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Handbook of Catholic Apologetics: Reasoned Answers to Questions of Faith 3.2.2009 Edition
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Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most widely read Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include How to Be Holy, Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.
Ronald Tacelli, S.J., is associate professor of philosophy at Boston College and has published articles in the Public Affairs Quarterly and Dowside Review.
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There is something in particular that caught my attention. The arguments go beyond the current superficial positions of many. Not only in arguments against, but also in supporting positions. This was really interesting. Not to stop in what today is considered obvious, but to go beyond that and question deeply things that you may have thought were written in stone.
Bottom line: read it.
But otherwise, it is an excellent book and one of the premiere works for a philosophical defense of the Christian faith from the ground up. Some highlights from certain chapters:
The book contains the best exposition of the relationship between fath ad reason I have ever read. The authors point out the very obvious yes penetrating fact that given any two collections of things (in this case, the collection of all faith statements and the collection of all reason statements), there can only be 5 possible relationships between them. All of one are the other (or vice-versa), none of one are the other, they are the same, or there is a partial relation. The authors then go on to describe how these 5 statements correspond to 5 types of thinking; rationalism, fideism, a kind of modernism, and two others without names. It provided an excellent framework to think about faith and reason.
One chapter is spent looking at 20 arguments for God's existence. Some of them I had not seen before and were quite interesting, especially Descarte's "ontological" argument. At first it seemed silly to me, but then I thought a bit more about it and thought that there may be more to it. Taken as a whole, this chapter provides a good overview for the arguments for the existence of God. The authors are careful to note what the arguments do and don't do. For example, the moral argument does not give us the attribute of omniscience and the design argument does not necessarily say that God is interested in a relationship with us. Theism and Christianity are carefully distinguished in this chapter.
The chapter on who Jesus was/is is excellent. The authors are careful to go thoughly through every possibility; that is, was Jesus lunatic, liar, lord, legend, or guru? Each option, except lord, is carefully weighed and shown to be extremely lacking and problematic. The authors take the time to make a solid case, and look at each option from all angles, demolishing any hope of holding to any of the non-lord options. Just from looking at all the possibilities and exhausting everything except lord, the authors show that it is indeed possible to rationally hold (in fact, most reasonably) that Jesus was lord.
Thus, the book is very good and a solid defense of theism, truth, and Christianity, but doesn't give the full range and breadth of exposition that I would have liked to see for a book attempting to defend specifically Catholic issues.