Ph.D., is a professor
of philosophy at Boston College. He is an alumnus of Calvin College
(AB 1959) and Fordham University (MA 1961, Ph.D., 1965). He taught at
Villanova University from 1962-1965, and has been at Boston College since
He is the author of numerous books (over forty and counting) including:
C.S. Lewis for the Third Millennium, Fundamentals of the Faith, Catholic
Christianity, Back to Virtue, and Three Approaches to Abortion.
See below for full listing if his Ignatius Press titles.
Kreeft's most recent Ignatius Press books include Jacob's Ladder: Ten Steps
To Truth, Socrates
Meets Sartre, You
Can Understand the Bible, The
God Who Loves You, and The
Philosophy of Tolkien.
All Ignatius Press books by Peter Kreeft
Excerpts from books by Peter Kreeft
NEW from PETER KREEFT and IGNATIUS PRESS:
Jacob's Ladder: Ten Steps To Truth
There are ten important questions everyone should ask; and the answers to these questions, which lead to ultimate truth, are a matter of reason, not of faith.
Well-known Catholic philosopher and writer Peter Kreeft tackles each of these questions in a logical step-by-step way, like climbing the rungs of a ladder. Because questions
are best answered by dialogue, Kreeft answers these fundamental questions in an imaginary conversation between two very different people who meet at the beach.
Kreeft's characters begin at the beginning, at the bottom of the ladder, which is the passion for truth. When it comes to the most important questions a person can ask, no mere interest in philosophical dabbling will do. The passion for truth does not stop there, however, but carries the reader from one page to the next in this thought-provoking adventure of the mind.
Among the topics, or "steps", that Kreeft's characters delve into include:
Do you have the passion to know?
And many other important questions and topics to help climb the ladder to the truth about life.
Does truth exist?
What is the meaning of life?
What is love, and why is it so important for our lives?
If there is a God, what proof is there for his existence?
Has God revealed himself to us in a personal way?
"When I was coming into the Catholic Church 25 years ago, the voice that stood out for me more than any other on the contemporary scene as an oasis of clear and
accessible sanity was Peter Kreeft's. Jacob's Ladder shows that a mind, heart and soul filled with Catholic teaching only becomes richer, deeper and more
beautiful with time. Lift this joyous chalice to the lips of your soul and drink deeply. It is satisfying indeed!"
- Mark Shea, author, By What Authority?
"Peter Kreeft is our generation's C.S. Lewis, as this brilliant new book of his further demonstrates. The genius of Jacob's Ladder lies in Kreeft's canny ability to
capture the imagination with vivid and arresting prose while simultaneously leading the reader, step by step, above and beyond the cramped limitations of the imagination into the
spacious and lofty heights of reason, reality, and truth."
- Patrick Madrid, author, Where is That in the Bible?
"In Jacob's Ladder, Peter Kreeft offers a wonderful book for someone genuinely interested in asking profound questions and seeking profound answers. With clarity,
wit, and insight, the characters of his dialogue consider some the most central questions in human life-including truth, meaning, love, God and Jesus-in a way both
entertaining and accessible. The first chapter especially, considering and refuting various forms of relativism and subjectivism, is a necessary preamble to any
serious discussion of anything."
- Christopher Kaczor, Author, The Seven Big Myths about the Catholic Church
"In this delightful and ingenious guidebook for living Catholic faith, Peter Kreeft removes most contemporary popular objections to embracing God, Jesus, and the Catholic Church. Using two characters, Mother, an imposing beach-going philosopher of life, and Libby, a 23-year old former journalist who has naively adopted the culture's critique of religion, Kreeft exposes the many fallacies in contemporary moral and philosophical relativism. By imparting a deeper insight into the ideal of passion, truth, meaning and love, Mother creates a light to shine upon the true, good, and beautiful character of principles, God, Jesus, and Catholicism. This is a "must read" for those seeking a way out of our cultural malaise."
- Fr. Robert J. Spitzer, S.J., Author, Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life
Peter Kreeft books published by Ignatius Press include:
and Demons: What do we really know about them? Answers to 100
questions about these spiritual beings.
to Virtue: Traditional moral wisdom for modern moral confusion.
Because God is Real: Sixteen Questions,
One Answer: Popular apologetics aimed at both teens and adults.
Christianity: A complete commentary on the Catechism of the
for Modern Pagans: Pascal's Pensees: Explicates Pascal's surprisingly
modern insights on contemporary life and powerful arguments for Christianity.
You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven: An unexcelled look at one
of the most popular, yet least understood subjects.
of the Faith: Inspiring essays in Christian apologetics.
God Who Loves You: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling: Kreeft grapples
with tough questions about God's love, evil, and the meaning of life.
of Catholic Apologetics: (with Fr. Ronald Tacelli, S.J.) Christian beliefs, and key distinctively Catholic doctrine.
the Heart's Deepest Longing: Fascinating exploration into the search
for total joy.
Ten Steps To Truth: There are ten important questions everyone should ask; and the answers to these questions, which
lead to ultimate truth, are a matter of reason, not of faith.
Is Stronger Than Death: Our terminal illness, death, is explored
as fulfillment into infinite joy in the love of God.
The Philosophy of Tolkien: An examination of the worldview behind The Lord of the Rings.
101 by Socrates: An introduction to philosophy via Plato's Apology.
For Beginners: An accessible, concise primer on prayer
the Great Conversation: Straight answers to tough questions about
of Moral Relativism: Intelligent, engaging dialogues between a relativist
Summa: The essential philosophical passages of St. Thomas Aquinas'
Meets Descartes: The Father of Philosophy Analyzes the Father of Modern Philosophy's "Discourse on Method"
Meets Hume: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Father of Modern Skepticism
Meets Kant: The Father of Philosophy Meets his Most Influential Modern Child
Meets Machiavelli: The Father of Philosophy cross-examines the author
of The Prince.
Meets Marx:The Father of Philosophy cross-examines the founder
Meets Sartre: The Father of Philosophy cross-examines the founder
of existentialism and engages in a Socratic dialogue on existentialism
and human emotion.
Letters: Devilishly devious secrets for subverting society as taught
in Tempter's Training School.
of the Summa: The essential philosophical passages of St. Thomas
Aguinas Summa Theologica edited and explained for beginners.
Approaches to Abortion: A thoughtful and compassionate guide to
today's most controversial issue.
Philosophies of Life: Inspiring and unique insights into Ecclesiastes
(life as vanity), Job (life as suffering), and Song of Songs (life as love).
or No?: Straight answers to tough questions about Christianity.
Can Understand the Bible: Book-by-book guide to reading and understanding
Questions, God's Answers: Solid responses for Catholic teens.
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The Sacraments | From
Fundamentals of the Faith
What's the Point of Creeds? | From
Fundamentals of the Faith
Three Questions Everyone Should Ask Themselves | The Introduction to
Because God Is Real: Sixteen Questions, One Answer
Pascal For Today | From the Preface to
Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal's Pensées (Edited, Outlined, and Explained)
The Two Most Important Philosophers Who Ever Lived | The Introduction to
Socrates Meets Descartes: The Father of Philosophy Analyzes the Father of Modern Philosophy's Discourse on Method
The Comprehensive Claim of Marxism | From
Socrates Meets Marx: The Father of Philosophy Cross-Examines the Founder of Communism
On Spiritual Warfare | From
The Snakebite Letters
On Writing and Apologetics | Talking with Peter Kreeft
Seducing Minds With The Socratic Method |
An Interview with Peter Kreeft
Socrates Meets Sartre: In Hell? |
From Socrates Meets Sartre
The Point of It All |
From The God Who Loves You
The Divinity of Christ |
From Fundamentals of the Faith
How To Read The Bible |
From You Can Understand The Bible
The Presence of Christ in The Lord of the Rings |
From The Philosophy of Tolkien
Abortion: What Can Be Done? |
Introduction to Three Approaches to Abortion
The Question of Hope |
From Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing