Peter Kreeft

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Peter Kreeft Ph.D. is a professor of philosophy at Boston College. He is a regular contributor to several Christian publications and is the author of over 45 books.

Quotes[edit]

  • Actually, we have misdefined "hypocrisy." Hypocrisy is not the failure to practice what you preach but the failure to believe it. Hypocrisy is propaganda.
    • "The Pillars of Unbelief," National Catholic Register Jan-Feb 1988
  • At exactly the time when the fatal knowledge of how to destroy the entire human race has fallen forever into out hands, the knowledge of morality has fallen out.
    • Back to Virtue (1992), p. 20
  • … condoms are about as effective against AIDS as a twenty-four-chamber gun instead of a six-chamber gun when playing Russian roulette.
  • Kreeft calls the word "interesting": "that all-purpose meaningless euphemism."
    • The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind the Lord of the Rings, Ignatius Press, 2005, 9.
  • The first existentialist was not Sartre, though he coined the term. Nor was it Kierkegaard or Nietzsche, though most of the textbooks say so. Nor was it even Pascal, though he foreshadowed half of Kierkegaard and was the first to write about the fundamental existential experience of cosmic anxiety and meaninglessness. It was not even Saint Augustine, whose Confessions stands out as the profoundest example of depth psychology and existential autobiography ever written. It was not even Socrates, who alone among philosophers totally existed his philosophy.

Rather, the first existentialist was Solomon, or whoever wrote Ecclesiastes.

    • pg 18 of Three Philosophies of Life: Ecclesiastes: Life as Vanity, Job: Life as Suffering, Song of Songs: Life as Love

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