The Best One Volume Book of Catholic Apologetics
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In my opinion this is a must have for every apologetics library.
His Modern Scholar lectures are good enough to listen to multiple times.
I've been struggling with this book for several years, enjoying it and feeling there is much of value here, but wishing Dr Kreeft had somehow found a way to "call" me more effectively into the issues he raises--or perhaps more precisely, suggests answers.
Once I get thinking about some question or challenge about Christianity, I usually quickly recall this book and pull it out. But seldom can I keep on reading, whether I find what I was hoping to or not. Nevertheless, I soon find myself back here again, and hope readers will share what they find of most value.
Perhaps it's worthwhile confronting the Q?A issue. I suspect most readers were quite stunned, as I was, to find the discussion questions listed on p 25, the end of Chapter 1, which had started on page 13. I thought: there is no way he answered these questions. And if he did, why does he think I should discuss them?
Worse, as I looked at the questions, most were compound, and some were so complex as to make the precise number of questions difficult to ascertain. There are more than 50 questions (in the 14). Let me give you a flavor of them.
1-What is apologetics? What is religion? What is their relation?
2-Is there anything distinctively Christian about apologetics? Why or why not? Do all religions include apologetics? Why or why not?
Perhaps you get the idea. Do you believe in 13 pages Dr Kreeft provided answers for the 50 +?
I hope some readers would be willing to share the answers they found to these questions--there are lots more at the end of each of 15 chapters (32 at the last), but you may be relieved to know chapter 16 has none at the end. Who was the Scholar who said you should always leave students with questions leading to more learning?
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