Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Good and Faithful Servant: Peter Kreeft

I have never met Peter Kreeft, but I feel as though he's in the same room talking to me every time I open one of his books.

Those who have been inspired by C.S.Lewis will relish the writings of Peter Kreeft. Lewis is actually a main character in Kreeft's fictional dialogue Between Heaven and Hell, and Kreeft pays homage to Lewis' famous work, The Screwtape Letters, with his hilarious piece, The Snakebite Letters. However, what sets apart Peter Kreeft from any other author is how he uses Socrates to defend Christian beliefs. That’s right, Socrates! What would happen if the greatest philosopher returned to life in modern times? What would Socrates think of the teachings of Jesus or issues like abortion? Kreeft explores these questions in his series of books starring Socrates. The most dynamic of these is The Unaborted Socrates, in which Socrates defends the rights of the unborn child, and his pro-abortion opponents find his logic unanswerable.

This book should be required reading for anyone struggling with this issue or for those who want to defend their pro-life views. From Socrates, we can learn to spot the flawed logic used to justify abortion and how to convince people that an unborn child deserves life. Once you have a taste of Peter Kreeft’s powerful writing, you will definitely be hungry for more. In addition to The Unaborted Socrates, there are several other Socratic dialogues by Kreeft which can be read in any order. However, if you only read one book about abortion in your whole life, make it The Unaborted Socrates. It will make you think!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Constant Vigilance!

. . .it was a face unlike any Harry had ever seen. It looked as though it had been carved out of weathered wood by someone who had only the vaguest idea of what human faces are supposed to look like, and was none to skilled with a chisel. Every inch of skin seemed to be scarred. The mouth looked like a diagonal gash, and a large chunk of the nose was missing. But it was the man's eyes that made him frightening.

One of them was small, dark, and beady. The other was large, round as a coin, and a vivid, electric blue. (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 184-185)

My interpretation of Mad-Eye Moody, from the Harry Potter series. Bye bye, Mad-Eye. . .

Friday, July 13, 2007