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Overview In one of his most penetrating books, Peter Kreeft pondersthe terminal illness we all have: death. Kreeft envisions death's five succeeding faces: first as enemy, then stranger, friend, mother, and finally as lover. Throughout the journey, Kreeft moves logically and deftly, pointing out the necessity for understanding this profound mystery in order to live wisely. Kreeft's book is a new statement of the Christian vision: the meaning of our existence, and of death, is the fulfillment of our deepest and purest desire: the desire for the infinite joy and love of God.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.15" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.59" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 1992
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898703921 ISBN13 9780898703924 UPC 008987039211
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More About Peter Kreeft
Peter J. Kreeft (Ph.D., Fordham University) was born in 1937 and 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.
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Death Unmasked Sep 17, 2006
Death is mysterious. It is also threatening. It is important enough on its baring in life, not only for its seeming finality, but also for the way it molds our lives. Peter J. Kreeft is always very perceptive and concise to take on such a weighty topic. The confidence by which he spins the aspects of one of life's darkest realities is understandable. He concretely outlines each of Death's attributes and often personifies it, and then elaborates on the ramifications it has on our development. The scope of psychology and religion are ably drawn from throughout. And, it is eccumenical. Although Kreeft is a devout Catholic scholar, he isn't without other related resources: He can draw from Eastern religion, the Bible, philosophy, and literature. By demystifying Death personified, he provides not only insight but healing as well. "Death where is thy sting?" is a popular quote for Christians. Kreeft doesn't take it out, and Christ Himself conquered it, but Kreeft certainly takes a lot of the fear and finality that Death often unnecessarily provides. Death unmasked isn't still harmful, but it is a lot easier to live with after this reading. One of the best tasks an author can do with death is to dethrone it and make it into a transitional tool. Here Kreeft is an expert.
Insightful and accessible, Peter Kreeft grapples with the universalities of one of life's true conundrums in a way that sets us all free. Subjectively, this is his best work, but Kreeft is prolific and this reviewer is a bit perfunctory in rendering any such judgment, yet. Highly recommended.
Moving! Jan 15, 2005
This is a beautifully written and moving book on death-on being mortal. It is written with depth and soul that few books on death can match. Masterfully written Kreeft indicates that we go thru stages to finally appreciate the value death can have in making us whole persons. Kreeft with finesse has interwoven quotes from literature, mythology, poetry and religion. If you read my other rreviews you will note i dont give out praise easily-but this book was written by someone divinely inspired.
Wonderfully perceptive Dec 9, 2004
This is my favorite of all of Peter Kreeft's books, and I've read most of them. One might expect a book about death to be depressing, but this book is full of hope and joy.
Kreeft, as always, is wonderfully perceptive, and draws some really sharp insights. For instance, he notes the double meaning in saying that death is the "end" of life - both its termination, but also its consummation (or even its "goal"). "If death is not meaningful, then life, in the final analysis, is not meaning-full. For death is the final analysis...Life cannot be meaningful in the short run and meaningless in the long run, because the long run is the meaning of the short run." Wonderful.
His analogy between death and birth is especially perceptive. The child in the womb is warm and secure, and outside the womb is - he knows not what (although he might have some inklings of the "world beyond" - muffled voices and the like). Birth is a painful thing, and yet he is born into a world infinitely wider and richer than the womb, and he is infinitely freer in the "outside world" than he was in the womb. Even so, we are comfortable in this world, and at any rate, this world is all we know (although we might have inklings of a "world beyond"). Death, like birth, involves pain. Is it possible that death, like birth, brings us into a wider, richer, freer existence than we had before?
And, as the child in the womb draws his life from his mother, he cannot SEE his mother, much less KNOW her AS A PERSON until he is born. Is it possible that, just as, in this world, we can't see God, death brings us into a new relationship with Him ("then we shall see face-to-face")? Food for contemplation, perhaps.
This is a wonderful book; it points in some very profound directions.
Peter Kreeft's book is a keeper! Jul 3, 2001
Peter Kreeft's aphorisms run from cover to cover. The beauty of his thought will captivate you as you read this book. "Love is Stronger than Death" is subtle in its apologetic, yet Kreeft comes up with profound ideas. This book makes you think about many things that we wouldn't ordinarily think of when we think about death. Usually when people think of Kreeft they think of his "Handbook" or his book "Making Sense out of Suffering". This book is just as valuable as those, only the topic is different. Kreeft does just what he intends to do here.
Twilight Zone Religion May 14, 2000
This is the first book by Kreeft that I have read and I find it extremely strange. First he tells us that myths all over the world assume that spirits exist, so it must be true. If this is true then Kreeft must also believe that spirits cause illness and disease. Then he uses out of body experiences to proove that life after death is a real thing. This is generally not believed in the medical world. Out of body experiences can be caused by the anesthetic Ketamine which is chemically related to phencyclidine(PCP). Without any supporting evidence Kreeft suggests that this live is an embronic stage for the next life. It is only because I am so kind that I call this speculation and not total insanity.