Peter Kreeft’s How to Destroy Western Civilization and Other Ideas

Amazon: Best-selling author Peter Kreeft presents a series of brilliant essays about many of the issues that increasingly divide our Western civilization and culture. He states that “these essays are not new proposals or solutions to today’s problems. They are old. They have been tried, and have worked. They have made people happy and good. That is what makes them so radical and so unusual today. The most uncommon thing today is common sense.

Kreeft presents relevant, philosophical data that can guide us, divided into 7 categories:

epistemological, theological, metaphysical, anthropological, ethical, political, and historical. He then explores these categories with classic Kreeft insights, presenting 40 pithy points on how we can implement the data from these categories to help save civilization, and more importantly, save souls.

About the Author

Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most respected and widely read Christian authors today. His manybestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include How to Be Holy, Practical Theology, Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understandthe Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: TheHeart’s Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.

A Truly Outstanding Book — Amazon reader:

This is a truly outstanding book that delivers profound insights on what a good society is. One of his central points is that a good society is a society where the individuals who make up that society are good, and good citizens are mainly due to stable, loving families and due to those families practicing good religion… Kreeft points out that religion has made more of a difference to more people throughout history than anything else.

Part of the problem with modern American society is that power and wealth are often stressed as the greatest good… But in reality the greatest good is that which is in accordance with the will of God. Human beings cannot change the nature of the true, the good, the beautiful and the purpose of life, as those were created by God as objective realities … even though they are immaterial realities.

Kreeft points out that If human beings have no objectively real purpose, then [there is] no purpose for life. If we have no real purpose for life, a subjectively chosen purpose won’t truly fulfill us, and life is truly meaningless. A nation, in order to be a good nation, needs to have a true philosophy and to know the meaning of life, and those needs are provided by religion.

In a good society, individuals serve the common good and the common good serves individuals. It’s one for all and all for one…

This book covers many splendid topics, such as economics, 40 principles that underlie a good society, and a chapter on the various types of judgment. Since a large part of wisdom is right judgment, the last chapter covering the various types of judgment provides profound insights into good judgment, which has always been valued as being essential to happiness.

Thomas Aquinas said that a great kindness one can do for your fellow man is to tell him the truth. Since this book contains important truths, reading it will be a great kindness to its readers.

See also Sex and the Unreal City: The Demolition of the Western Mind by Anthony Esolen

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