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Peter Kreeft
Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College. He is the author of numerous books as well as a popular writer of Christian philosophy, theology and apologetics.
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    Forty Reasons I am a Catholic

    Peter Kreeft's book, Forty Reasons I am a Catholic, invites readers to explore the many reasons why they may feel drawn to Catholic faith. Through concise yet profound individual arguments, Kreeft presents an in-depth look at the core beliefs and principles of Catholicism - from its moral teachings to its liturgy and rituals. By focusing on the independent points that encompass a broad range of Catholic beliefs and practices, Forty Reasons I am a Catholic provides a unique journey for readers...

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    Prayer for Beginners

    Growing in the spiritual life can be challenging, but with the right tools it’s sure to be a fulfilling experience. Now, novice and experienced prayer warriors alike have access to invaluable insights in Peter Kreeft’s Prayer for Beginners. Based on timeless guidance from Brother Lawrence’s classic The Practice of the Presence of God, this book enables readers to discover how to connect with God through prayer in meaningful ways. Kreeft shows readers the necessity of prayer, outlining various...

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    How to Be Holy

    First Steps in Becoming a Saint  "Life, in the end, has only one tragedy: not to have been a saint."- Leon Bloy The ever-popular and prolific Peter Kreeft says that the most important question he has written about is how one becomes holy; or to put it another way, how one becomes a saint. This question is central to all the great religions, Kreeft demonstrates, for striving toward holiness, moving toward perfect love, is the whole purpose of life. Kreeft admits that he is only a beginner on t...

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    Doors in the Walls of the World

    "Doors in the Walls of the World" by Peter Kreeft is a captivating exploration of the mysterious and fascinating intersections between the material and spiritual worlds. Through vivid philosophical reasoning and examination, Kreeft guides readers through age-old questions that have haunted humanity for millennia - what lies beyond the walls of this world? What do we make of our insignificance in a vast universe? By examining history, physical science, psychology, religion, philosophy, literat...

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    The Philosophy of Tolkien

    Delve deeper into the classic masterpiece of The Lord of the Rings with The Philosophy of Tolkien. Peter Kreeft takes readers on a journey of discovery that goes beyond the fantastical details found in J.R.R Tolkien’s beloved novel, bringing to light its underlying philosophical bones. Instead of relying solely on the narrative, Kreeft presents 50 categories of philosophical themes included in Lord, accompanied by more than 1,000 references to the text for clear and precise examples. This mak...

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    Practical Theology

    Spiritual Direction from St. Thomas Aquinas.  From a lifetime of studying the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, popular author Peter Kreeft says that his amazement has continually increased not only at Aquinas' theoretical, philosophical brilliance and sanity, but also at his personal, practical wisdom, his "existential bite." Yet this second dimension of St. Thomas has usually been eclipsed by the other. Kreeft wrote this book to help bring that sun out from its eclipse. He provides easily dig...

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    You Can Understand the Bible

    Many of us are intimidated or overwhelmed by the complexity of the Bible. But with You Can Understand the Bible, you'll be well equiped to explore God's Word with greater clarity and appreciation. Written by popular author and Boston University professor Peter Kreeft, this best-selling guide is designed to provide readers with a clear roadmap of the Bible. A must-have for any spiritual journeyman, this book takes an intelligent, yet lighthearted approach to understanding scripture. Filled wit...

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    The God Who Loves You

    God's love is the subject of Peter Kreeft's imaginative and thoughtful book (a revised and updated version of his book Knowing the Truth of God's Love). With unusual clarity, Kreeft points out that the man or woman who begins to glimpse the God who is Creator, Redeemer, and Lover of our souls, will never be the same. He describes Scripture as God's love story and then tells why divine love is the answer to our deepest problems and the fulfillment of our deepest desires. Posing the hard questi...

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    I Burned for Your Peace

    Augustine's Confessions Unpacked Popular author and philosopher Peter Kreeft delves into one of the most beloved Christian classics of all time--Augustine's Confessions. He collects key passages and offers incisive commentary, making Confessions accessible to any reader who is both intellectually curious and spiritually hungry. The Confessions is a dramatic personal narrative of a soul choosing between eternal life and death, an exploration of the timeless questions great minds have been aski...

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    Fundamentals of the Faith

    Fundamentals of the Faith by Peter Kreeft offers a unique and comprehensive approach to Christianity and Catholicism, building an understanding of both its beliefs and practices. This invaluable book provides insight into the essence of the faith, from its fundamental elements to its contribution to our life and the world's yearnings. The book is structured using the three divisions which correspond with the internal drives of all humans; something for our intellect, something for our will to...

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    A Shorter Summa

    Introducing the must-have for any theologian or philosopher’s collection – A Shorter Summa, from the renown author, Peter Kreeft. This shortened overview of the iconic Summa Theologica provides an elucidating and persuasive look into one of the greatest philosophical works ever penned. It captures the essential elements of St. Thomas Aquinas’ vast knowledge in a 500 page tome that is easy to understand. Contained within its pages are excerpts, explanations and introductions written by Kreeft ...

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    How to Destroy Western Civilization

    Peter Kreeft presents a series of brilliant essays about many of the problems that undermine our Western civilization, along with ways to address them. "These essays are not new proposals or solutions to today's problems," he says. "They are old. They have been tried, and have worked. They have made people happy and good. That is what makes them so radical and so unusual today."In his witty, readable style, Kreeft implores us to gather wisdom and preserve it, as the monks did in the Middle Ag...

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    The Greatest Philosopher Who Ever Lived

    In 2019, Peter Kreeft published Socrates'' Children, a four-volume series on the hundred greatest philosophers of all time, spanning from ancient Greece to contemporary Germany. But he made a terrible mistake: he somehow left out women, and with this, he overlooked the greatest mind of them all.He forgot her--a mysterious housewife from a desert village--because he had forgotten what "philosophy" means. "Philosophy is not the cultivation of cleverness," Kreeft explains, "or the sophistication...

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    Confessions of a Cafeteria Catholic

    One day, philosopher Peter Kreeft reads an open letter published by a friend, Nat Whilk. He's Catholic, but he sees the Church as unsteady, outdated, obsessive. As a challenge to the "True Believers", Nat pens a twenty-point manifesto for "cafeteria Catholics", who pass up certain Church teachings and scoop up others like a diner in a buffet line."I find in [Catholicism] both much to accept and even love and also much to refuse and even despise", he asserts. "If you insist on tying God to the...

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    The Man Who Left His Mark

    How Mark's Gospel Answers Modern Questions In this unusual book on the Gospel of Mark, the brilliant and prolific Peter Kreeft presents 252 contemporary questions that modern man asks about every aspect of the meaning of life, faith, love, suffering, friendship, death, eternity, God, Jesus and more. He then gives an answer to each question taken directly from Mark's Gospel, which are always pointed and often suprising, and makes us ponder more deeply about the meaning of the Scripture passage...

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    Handbook of Christian Apologetics

    Are you looking for answers to questions of faith and reason? The Handbook of Christian Apologetics, written by Peter Kreeft and Ronald K. Tacelli, offers a comprehensive guide to help readers gain clarity on topics such as the existence of God, creation and evolution, providence and free will, miracles, the problem of evil, the divinity of Christ, the resurrection, heaven and hell and objective truth. Reasonable, concise, witty and wise – this book provides valuable insight into the Christia...

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    Catholic Christianity

    For the first time in 400 years the Catholic Church has authorized an official universal catechism which instantly became an international best-seller, the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Using this official Catechism, the highly-regarded author and professor Peter Kreeft presents a complete compendium of all the major beliefs of Catholicism written in his readable and concise style. Since the Catechism of the Catholic Church was written for the express purpose of grounding and fostering ca...

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    Because God Is Real

    The highly respected and influential philosopher Peter Kreeft presents a thought-provoking exploration of sixteen key questions about the existence of God in his latest book, Because God Is Real.For those looking for clarity on their spiritual journey, no matter where they stand on their faith today, this work of popular apologetics is an ideal starting point. Written from an inviting and easily digestible perspective that seeks to win minds as well as hearts, Kreeft tackles important questio...

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