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Overview This book is apologist Peter Kreeft's call to arms, culturally and spiritually. We in America (and all Western cultures) are in a war, a war with devastating effects and deadly consequences. Across the different spectrums (political, religious, ideological) there is broad consensus about the status of American and Western culture. While we don't always or often agree about the root causes of our problems, that major problems exist in our society is clearly evident.But what is the war that we must join? Is it Christians versus non-Christians? Is it liberals versus conservatives? Is it atheists versus theists? Is it creationists versus evolutionists? Many think so, but Kreeft reminds us that this war, which is being fought on cultural and spiritual fronts, is really a war between the culture of life and the culture of death. And the enemies are, as Paul knew two thousand years ago, powers, principalities and rulers in the spiritual realms. Knowing the nature of the battle is not enough, however, and Kreeft offers a simple, yet profound, battle plan. First, we must recognize that we are indeed at war and who the real enemy is (Satan). Then we must understand both Satan's battle plan and God's battle plan. Finally, we must engage the culture of death, which Satan both inspires and delights in, as true children of God (saints). Will we win? Not by our own power, no. But we will win, for God's power is made perfect in our weakness. Kreeft reminds us that we can have confidence in the final victory of love and good. Why can we have this confidence? Because truth is ultimately stronger than falsehood, and light ultimately stronger than darkness. Because love is stronger by far than hate. Because Jesus truly is Lord and King, and His blood is the strongest force in the universe. And because love never gives up.
Publishers Description The battle lines have been drawn. Many Christians have fallen into the trap of proclaiming "Peace Peace " when there is no peace. Hiding their eyes from the pressing issues of the day, they believe that resistance to the prevailing culture is useless. At the same time, other Christians have been too quick to declare war, mistaking battlefield casualties as enemies rather than victims. In How to Win the Culture War Peter Kreeft issues a rousing call to arms. Christians must understand the true nature of the culture war--a war between the culture of life and the culture of death. Kreeft identifies the real enemies facing the church today and maps out key battlefields. He then issues a strategy for engagement and equips Christians with the weapons needed for a successful campaign. Above all, Kreeft assures us that the war can be won--in fact, it will be won. For those who hope in Christ, victory is assured, because good triumphs over evil and life conquers death. Love never gives up. Neither must we.
From Publishers Weekly We're at war and we don't even know it, claims Kreeft, a philosophy professor
at Boston College and a popular Christian writer. He describes the state of
modern society and calls Christians back to a more biblical view of the world,
pointing to the reality of evil spiritual beings, the existence of sin and
the importance of recognizing the results of cultural pressure. He also has a
fascinating argument concerning the central role of sexuality in the current
"culture wars." Unfortunately, many readers will be driven off by Kreeft's
snide, caustic tone. For example, he describes those who embrace the New Age
movement as people "who always seemed to be flighty, flaky and female, at
least in spirit." Moreover, while Kreeft frequently refers very positively to
ecumenism, his perspective is much more Roman Catholic than reflective of the
wider Christian audience he seeks to reach. Many readers will not agree that,
for example, contraception should be categorized together with "sodomy,
fornication and prostitution" as "clear and obvious sins." Kreeft's venture
into the "Screwtape" idiom of C.S. Lewis makes for very interesting reading,
though here, again, the assumption that the Protestant Reformation was a
particularly successful attack by Satan will jar many. Kreeft ends the book
with a call to sainthood, exhorting Christians to genuinely live out the
goodness made available to them by the grace of God, and a stirring
affirmation that goodness will indeed triumph over evil. (June) Religion Notes
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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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Accept the truth!! Sep 12, 2007
This is a powerful book, a weapon in this spiritual battle that we fight constantly twenty four hours a day and I recommend it to all mankind without hesitation as one of the best weapons we have. Kreeft is a master of description and catholic metaphor in spelling out, using simple language, the reality of life.
He pulls no punches and neither should he as we are indeed fighting a war. As I type this review I am fighting this war, as I look around at this room and walk the streets of a city, as I sit in a coffee shop or ride the bus. Whenever, wherever I am or any of us are we are fighting a war. The war is not against human beings. No human is our enemy. Our enemy is the devil and his demons and they do exist - for to deny their existence is the greatest mistake. To deny that we are in a war is a great mistake. To believe that we can relax and that everything is fine because it appears fine is ridiculous. Spiritual war is not visible, it is invisible and very real. We must not ignore it. We must constantly remind ourselves that we are in a war and that every second is a battle which needs to be won.
This is the essence of Kreefts book and it is a greatly needed message for the world to hear and yet so few are listening. Pick up your rosaries, go to confession, receive the Holy Eucharist, fast, pray, love and never, never give up. These are the weapons we must use. We must become saints and spend our lives striving to become saints. We must never become lazy in thinking we will try tomorrow. We must try now!! Our sainthood is available now. Our thrones at the right hand of Jesus are available to sit on now. Jesus has promised that whoever takes his throne he will make their enemies their footstool.
We have nothing to fear. The enemy has nothing but his big mouth. He cannot harm us. All he can do is suggest to us lies. He is the Father of lies and he uses his mouthful of lies to deceive us and lead us away from the truth. If we trust in God then our enemies are powerless. Call on God, call on Jesus, he is our refuge, our rock. As John Paul II said "Be not afraid". We have nothing to fear as we have the greatest, most powerful weapon of all, We have Jesus!!
This is Kreefts book summed up but read it. I can't do justice to the words of this great thinker.
Enough rope Mar 15, 2007
As a person on the "other side" of the so called culture war, I applaud books like this. It makes the argument of those striving for reason over faith so much easier to demonstrate, especially when directed at those in the middle. It's this type of rhetoric that makes it so much easier for authors such as Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and the late Carl Sagan to get their points across. The main point being that those who still subscribe to the fairy tales and delusions of revealed religious faith are a dangerous anachronism.
The war rages on... Feb 22, 2007
This book is a necessity for all Christians, both Catholic and Protestant. Even though the author is Catholic (as am I) I feel that Evangelical Christians would find just as much use in it. We are not so different, after all, it seems, when put up against our common enemy, secularism.
It's a quick and easy read, but it packs a punch. Anyone who doubts that there is a culture war either seriously doesn't keep up with the news, or is living under a rock. The war is real, frightening at times, but we will win it.
I especially recommend this book for anyone who tends to think the outcome is hopeless. The author reminds us that we are doing God's work, and God doesn't fail. He lays out a battle plan for us, and gets us familiar with the enemy and his trickery.
I really think this is the time for all traditional Christians, and to expand on that, all traditional worshipers of the God of Abraham, to put aside our differences for a common goal. We shouldn't be fighting with each other, we should band together and fight those who want to destroy all that's dear to us.
A rally cry for Christians Jan 3, 2007
This was the first Kreeft book I read and it had me going back to read more.
incredible book, incredible author Nov 27, 2006
this book is a must for anyone seeking to understand more fully the importance of morality, and seeking the importance of living, and understanding what christians are called to in this world. An excellent read. yet another masterpiece by Peter Kreeft.