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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.

Ronald K. Tacelli, S.J., is associate professor of philosphy at Boston College and has published articles in the Public Affairs Quarterly and Downside Review.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (June 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830827021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830827022
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since its publication ten years ago, Kreeft and Tacelli's hefty Handbook of Christian Apologetics has been the last word for Catholics in dealing with the apathy, subjectivity, or occasionally outright hostility of the modern secular world. But it's very completeness (over 400 large pages) made it intimidating.
Now at last comes this pocket-sized abridgement, by the original authors.
Today all too many Catholic apologetics books assume you're discussing the faith with evangelicals who are well-versed in Scripture. But the reality is that the non-religious (ranging from vaguely spiritual new-agers to uninformed agnostics to functional atheists) are at least as common in our society as "Bible Christians".
This is a perfect intro for Christians that need to respond with logic to objections and concerns about fundamental beliefs (God, moral law, miracles, the problem of pain, Jesus Christ). It's also great for those who want to see how classic Catholic reasoning "stacks up" to the modern world.
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This is an abridged version of Handbook for Christian Apologetics written by the same authors. This `scaled down' version is a great little reference book, and is easily digestible, and hopefully it will draw you in enough to read the larger more complete work. This book is also one in a series, either sold separately or in a boxed set, that includes the following titles: Pocket Dictionary of North American Denominations, Pocket Dictionary for the Biblical Study of Hebrew, Pocket History of Theology, Pocket Dictionary of New Religious Movements.

This volume has 15 short, concise chapters written to answer the following questions:

1. Apologetics

2. Faith & Reason

3. Arguments for the Existence of God

4. The Nature of God

5. Creation and Evolution

6. Miracles

7. The Problem of Evil

8. The Divinity of Christ

9. The Resurrection

10. The Bible: Myth or History?

11. Life After Death

12. Heaven and Hell

13. Salvation

14. Christianity and Other Religions

15. Objective Truth

And it has a concluding page called `The Bottom Line'. Each of these chapters is full of information to help you know your faith deeper if you are a Christian, or to help you understand the claims of Christianity if you are not.

This is a great resource, either for writing essays, for research, or for personal growth. It will give you all the basics of the Christian faith in one compact little book. Check it out. Like all of Kreeft's other works I have reviewed, I would have to highly recommend this book.
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This is a great addition to the Christian Apologists arsenal. The basic arguments are laid out, shortly, sweetly, and comprehensibly. Covers the traditional areas of Christian Apologetics in a traditional way. Great read at a great price.
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Kreeft and Tacelli have written a comprehensive yet brief defense of what Lewis called "Mere Christianity". And like Lewis' landmark work, you can't help but read this book and think Christ and His claims are something to take seriously.

Both Catholics, Kreeft and Tacelli recognize that the laity are just as likely to be challenged by the atheism of indifference as they are a finger-wagging fundamentalist or evangelical.

Somewhat sadly, Catholic readers also will find useful arguments for conversations with self-identified Catholic theologians and modernists who use highly-nuanced language to explain away binding truths of the Faith like the concrete, physical reality of the Resurrection.
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I am a devout Catholic and many times I run into people who ask me questions that I would like to answer much more simply. I saw through many reviews that people were pleased with this version of apologetics.So I am planning to spend some serious time reflecting on this as I read to see the light shine through in a much more simple and precise way.
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"Optimized for Kindle" is an expression that should be clearly explained to anyone purchasing a Kindle or Kindle content.

I had already bought a Kindle and several books before I realized that if the content is not "optimized for Kindle" it is largely useless, if it is not fiction. It is useless because you cannot navigate the chapters and sections of the book; you can only "go to" the beginning or the end of the book, or "search" for an individual word. Non-fiction books really need a "live" Table of Contents.

If is is non-fiction, and not optimized for Kindle, I consider it useless and a waste of money.
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I am looking forward to reading more by Peter Kreeft. His writing is clear and concise. He is wonderful for all Catholics to read and to help us understand and defend our faith.
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Best book on Christian apologetics, Kreeft and Tacelli have contriubted much to scholarship for the post modern reader. Outstanding contribution
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