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Peter Kreeft, 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 1965.

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.

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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?
• 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?
And many other important questions and topics to help climb the ladder to the truth about life.

"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:

Angels and Demons: What do we really know about them? Answers to 100 questions about these spiritual beings.

Back 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.

Catholic Christianity: A complete commentary on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal's Pensees: Explicates Pascal's surprisingly modern insights on contemporary life and powerful arguments for Christianity.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Heaven: An unexcelled look at one of the most popular, yet least understood subjects.

Fundamentals of the Faith: Inspiring essays in Christian apologetics.

The God Who Loves You: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling: Kreeft grapples with tough questions about God's love, evil, and the meaning of life.

Handbook of Catholic Apologetics: (with Fr. Ronald Tacelli, S.J.) Christian beliefs, and key distinctively Catholic doctrine.

Heaven, the Heart's Deepest Longing: Fascinating exploration into the search for total joy.

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.

Love 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.

Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An introduction to philosophy via Plato's Apology.

Prayer For Beginners: An accessible, concise primer on prayer

Prayer: the Great Conversation: Straight answers to tough questions about prayer.

Refutation of Moral Relativism: Intelligent, engaging dialogues between a relativist and absolutist.

Shorter Summa: The essential philosophical passages of St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica.

Socrates Meets Descartes: The Father of Philosophy Analyzes the Father of Modern Philosophy's "Discourse on Method"

Socrates Meets Hume: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Father of Modern Skepticism

Socrates Meets Kant: The Father of Philosophy Meets his Most Influential Modern Child

Socrates Meets Machiavelli: The Father of Philosophy cross-examines the author of The Prince.

Socrates Meets Marx:The Father of Philosophy cross-examines the founder of communism.

Socrates Meets Sartre: The Father of Philosophy cross-examines the founder of existentialism and engages in a Socratic dialogue on existentialism and human emotion.

Snakebite Letters: Devilishly devious secrets for subverting society as taught in Tempter's Training School.

Summa of the Summa: The essential philosophical passages of St. Thomas Aguinas Summa Theologica edited and explained for beginners.

Three Approaches to Abortion: A thoughtful and compassionate guide to today's most controversial issue.

Three Philosophies of Life: Inspiring and unique insights into Ecclesiastes (life as vanity), Job (life as suffering), and Song of Songs (life as love).

Yes or No?: Straight answers to tough questions about Christianity.

You Can Understand the Bible: Book-by-book guide to reading and understanding the Bible.

Your Questions, God's Answers: Solid responses for Catholic teens.

Related IgnatiusInsight.com Articles and Interviews:

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


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