Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King’s College (Empire State Building), in New York City. He is a regular contributor to several Christian publications, is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences, and is the author of over 67 books. His latest book, Jacob’s Ladder: 10 Steps to Truth (Ignatius Press), is a step-by-step process of finding truth in a world of relativism and utilitarianism.
My interview with Dr. Kreeft is below:
Marcel LeJeune – “Dr. Kreeft, what do you think are the most fundamental attacks on truth in today’s culture?”
Dr. Kreeft – “The most fundamental attack on truth is not evil or heresy but indifference. We are so corrupted by pop psychology that we think truth rises and sets in our own lap. “My truth” counts more than truth. “What I can feel comfortable with” is the new absolute. There is no passion. We have skim milk instead of blood in our veins.”
Marcel LeJeune – Why do you think relativism, utilitarianism, and other modern (and ancient) philosophies are so attractive to modern people?
Dr. Kreeft – “Utilitarianism and relativism fit this perfectly. To see what these philosophies come to in practice, read BRAVE NEW WORLD, the most prophetic book of modern times.”
Marcel LeJeune – What is the most important thing our college students need to know?
Dr. Kreeft – “The most important thing college students need to know is that life is not a puzzle to be solved by knowing the solution but a mystery to be lived honorably and honestly and with wonder.”
Marcel LeJeune – Where can we learn more about the search for truth?
Dr. Kreeft – “Your fourth question is rather funny, like “I’ve just discovered that sex is fun; where can I find a book about it?” Or: “My house is on fire; where can I learn more about the physics of fire?” The most important things in life can be learned only by DOING them.”
I highly recommend a reading of Jacob’s Ladder. He is such a popular author because his style is easy to read, engaging, and he is honest in his approach to the big questions of life. If you want to see how to help others search for truth or find it yourself then give this book a read.
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