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Overview The popular Christian apologist Peter Kreeft tackles many of the tough questions of our day. In a series of imaginative "dialogues", Sal the Seeker and Chris the Christian deal with the profound mysteries of the Gospel. The result is a book that is both engaging and profound, a book that leads readers to initial faith--or to deeper faith. A great book to give someone who is seeking. 191 pages.
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Studio: Ignatius Press
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Release Date Mar 1, 1991
Publisher Ignatius Press
ISBN 0898703581 ISBN13 9780898703580 UPC 008987035817
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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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Give it a try- The Case for God Apr 20, 2008
I have read this book atleast three times now, and gotten something new out of it each time, despite being raised Christian and actively practising the faith. I used it with my tenth grade Sunday school class this past year and I thought it was great.
Some readers may find this book difficult, challenging, or possibly condescending. I think that may be because we are largely unused to open, honest dialogue, being more familiar with both invective and polite skirting of issues than open talk. Chris can seem a bit snottish when read some ways, but perhaps that is just because it is difficult to know tone of voice from a text. I imagine Chris being enthusiastic, not snotty, and I think Sal's responses reflect that-- after all, who wouldn't lose it with someone if he thought he was constantly being patronised.
This book is challenging on a spiritual level, both to Christians and non-Christians. It is easy for those of us who are Christians to think we have the only truth, or that questioning God is somehow unfaithful. Kreeft aptly demonstrates that true faith always questions, that unquestioning faith is often very immature faith. We live in a complex world and we face complex problems, and experience tough times that would lead anyone to ask the big questions- why do bad things happen? how can we be certain of God's existence? etc. These challenge us, and can lead us to lose faith or to go deeper, but almost as bad as losing faith is not growing in it. Kreeft points out that faith isn't stagnant.
This is also a challenge to non-Christians, to be open to the answers to the tough questions that they ask, even if the answers are frightening. Christianity is often a scary thing, not because it's bad, but because true Christianity is life-changing, as Kreeft demonstrates. This is a good lesson for everyone, non-Christians and Christians, that inviting God into our lives and to work in us will mean a total reorientation of our lives-- away from ourselves. It is difficult to be out of the driver seat, or to live in a way that isn't seeking what's benefits us most but what is right and good and loving. This is, again, a challenge to everyone, but to the honest non-Christian seeker it may be especially intimidating.
We are, all of us, called to be seekers. Kreeft eloquently explains this in his introduction. He also recognises the dangers of poor Christianity to deepening faith and to attracting new seekers. As Christians, we believe that truth may be found in many places, but that when one seeks it actively and honestly, it all leads to one place: Jesus. This is perhaps the best reminder to Christians, that our faith is not about a church, or about lighting candles or saying words-- but that all those things, and we, are centered on God. We are church to be about Jesus, not Christian to be about church-- and Kreeft is great on this point. All our traditions and belief are to point to God, not to ourselves.
Another point that Kreeft makes well, and that is uncomfortable to many, is that relativism is empty. There is, in fact, truth, and it goes beyond whatever happens to float one's boat. We shy away from this in our culture, and the result is that, because we refuse to recognise any kind of overarching morality, we find ourselves witness to evils more terrible than should even be uttered, and only this jars us from our relativistic stupor. Kreeft says, yes, it is a leap of faith to be this certain, but faith is about surety-- not without questions, not without struggles, but never without hope and the promise of salvation.
Kreeft also does not fall into the trap of suggesting that reason has no role in faith. According to Kreeft, reason is the path to faith. It does not replace faith, as faith is a choice, not an equation by which you unequivocally prove the right answer-- people have argued about lesser truths for centuries. Rather, reason leads you to the point of choice to believe or not, and that reason, which is a gift from God, can never be in contrast to truth or faith, which are also of God. Even some Christians forget that reason is not checked at the door of the church, or, in more extreme cases, at the baptismal font. Kreeft eloquently makes a case for rationality in faith that will challenge both those who see it as a hindrance to faith and those who think that only the mindless can be Christian.
I think this is a great read, and anyone who is open-minded about faith should read it-- and anyone who isn't but wants to be should as well. Let it speak to you. Four stars because it's not perfect, but it's pretty frigging good. There are a lot of people making the case against God; any fair-minded individual owes it to themselves to read an intelligent yet accessible case for him.
Philosophy and logic on behalf of Christianity Dec 28, 2004
"Yes or No?" is like a streamlined version of Kreeft's popular book "Between Heaven and Hell". The conversation between Sal and Chris guides the reader to the truth of the claims made by Christ and orthodox Christians.
Though not for everyone, the short chapters of dialogue hold a potential reader's attention perhaps better than a straight narrative. Reading the comments of some reviewers, one can't help but think they're arguing against Christianity rather than Kreeft.
Find out for yourself. For a sample chapter online, simply perform a Google search of the words "Kreeft" and "The Bible: Myth or History?"
The book makes an excellent gift for a graduating high school senior or entering college freshman.
ugh! Oct 15, 2003
This is an example of Peter Kreeft at his worst. (He seldom rises above this level.) The tone is arrogant--look how smart I am!--the arguments are facile, the analogies are glib, and the final result is a joke. I suspect that this deluded man fancies himself the successor of C S Lewis. I might be wrong. I might be right. If I am, he is monumentally wrong. Lewis would have found such a book an embarrassment. Let the reader beware!
An excellent start to tough questions Aug 18, 2002
kreeft does not do a couple things. 1 is that he does not definitely answer every question. 2 is that he does not apologize when he does not have the answer. there are a few times when questions presented are of a nature that appeal more to the various mysteries of faith than they do to logic or reason- at these times, the author concedes these things. between these times, sal asks about every question that an average non-believer asks and drawing heavily on C.S. Lewis and other Christian writers, Kreeft presents answers to many of these questions. some of the answers are irrefutable, really. others are open to conversations that alone would be longer than this book is. as such, this book is not an end-all on the topic. but it's the best start i've seen. i'd quickly follow this up with C.S. Lewis' classic "Mere Christianity."
If you are searching and unsure of the Christian Faith, this is a book for you. If you approach this book with your mind made up already, then this book will largely be of little use to you- but that's true of anything. someone who absolutely refuses to believe in evolution will think darwin is an idiot no matter what he says or how clearly he expresses himself- even in places where he is irrefutable as well (and antibiotic-resistant bacteria alone shows he had some things right).
if you are more open-minded than that, this is a great and fast read.
Wonderful introduction to the faith Oct 31, 2001
Let me first say that this book isn't for everyone. Kreeft, who is a master at creating Socratic-like dialogue and employing logic to bring about a point, has created a series of dialogues between Sal the Seeker and Chris the Christian.
The dialogue is not meant to simulate real-life conversation, but employs wit, irony, and logic to bring about the points that Kreeft wants to make - namely proving that God exists, explaining the problem of evil, Heaven, Hell and the other "big" questions.
For those that do not care to read dialogue-centered books this will not be for them.
For those seeking answers to such question, however, they will find that Kreeft does a masterful job of raising the tough questions and leading one to the true answers. This is a wonderful book for a beginning logic, philosophy, or theology student.