CollegeCatholics.com recognizes and applauds the courage and contributions of the many college professors who work tirelessly to bring the fullness of the Catholic faith to us through their respective humanities disciplines.  Once or twice each year we will feature one or more of these outstanding professors on our site.  Your suggestions are always welcome!


Without further adieu, meet and give a warm cyberwelcome to:

 Prof. Peter Kreeft


Our featured Professor for 2011-2012 is Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., a Professor of  Philosophy at Boston College.  Professor Kreeft converted from Calvinism to Catholicism and has published over 50 books that explain faith, reason, God, Christianity, apologetics, culture and just about any other topic that is relevant and fundamental to religion, philosophy and the challenges of our day.  His works are recommended enthusiastically to you for your reading and learning pleasure.  Every Catholic student should check out his website articles explaining various proofs and arguments for the existence of God!  Thanks be to God and to Dr. Kreeft for his courageous leadership, penetrating insights and inspirational talents!   A special thanks to Boston College and its Philosophy Department for supporting Dr. Kreeft and his scholarship. 


 Read About Dr. Kreeft's conversion from Calvinism to Catholicism  

Read Dr. Kreeft's Interview with Marvin Olasky here! 

Visit Dr. Kreeft's Website:  www.PeterKreeft.com 


Degrees:  M.A. & Ph.D. Fordham University; AB, Calvin College 

Boards and Awards:   See Prof. Kreeft's Curriculum Vitae


In his book “Before I Go: Letters to Our Children about What Really Matters,” Dr. Kreeft writes from his heart to his own children and to readers like us whom are lucky enough to overhear their “conversation.”   In one of the opening chapters from his book, he writes:  My dear children, because I love you the most, I want to give you the best things in life. But I can't give you the very best thing because that is not a thing at all, and it is not something any of us can give to another.   Each of us has to get it for himself or herself.   I didn't get it from my parents, though they helped me enormously, and you can't get it from me, though I can try to help – and this book is part of that attempt. What is the very best thing in life?   The greatest good?   Find out what it is by clicking here!   



Books (A non-exhaustive list):   An Ocean Full of Angels  (St. Augustine Press 2011);  Between Allah and Jesus: What Christians Can Learn From Muslims (IVP Books 2010);  Socratic Logic 3.1e: Socratic Methods Platonic Questions (St. Augustine Press 2010);  Jesus Shock (St. Augustine Press 2008);  Between Heaven and Hell (IVP Books 2008);  Because God Is Real: Sixteen Questions, One Answer (Ignatius Press 2008);  The Philosophy of Jesus (St. Augustine Press 2007);  Before I Go: Letters to Our Children About What Really Matters (Sheed & Ward 2007);  You Can Understand the Bible: A Practical and Illuminating Guide to Each Book in the Bible ( 2005); The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind the Lord of the Rings (Ignatius Press 2005);  The God Who Loves You: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling  (Ignatius Press 2004);  Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy Via Plato's Apology (Ignatius Press 2002);  How to Win the Culture War (IVP Books 2002);  Socrates Meets Jesus: History's Greatest Questioner Confronts the Claims of Christ (IVP Books 2002);  Catholic Christianity (Ignatius Press 2001);   A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist (Ignatius Press 1999);  Ecumenical Jihad (Ignatius Press 1996);  Angels and Demons: What Do We Really Know About Them?  (Ignatius Press 1995);  Handbook of Christian Apologetics (IVP Academic 1994);  C.S. Lewis for the Third Millenium: Six Essays on the Abolition of Man (Ignatius Press 1994);  Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal's Pensees  (Ignatius Press 1993);  Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion (Ignatius Press 1992);  Love Is Stronger Than Death (Ignatius Press 1992);   A Summa of the Summa  (Ignatius Press 1990);   Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven - But Never Dreamed of Asking  (Ignatius Press 1990);  Heaven, the Heart's Deepest Longing (Ignatius Press 1989);  Fundamentals of Faith:  Essays in Christian Apologetics (Ignatius Press 1988);   Making Sense Out of Suffering (Charis Books 1986).   Professor Kreeft is also the author of the popular "Socrates Meets..." series from Ignatius Press:  Socrates Meets Hume: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Father of Modern Skepticism (IP 2010);   Socrates Meets Kant: The Father of Philosophy Meets His Most Influential Modern Child (IP 2009);  Socrates Meets Descartes:  The Father of Philosophy Analyzes the Father of Modern Philosophy's Discourse on Method (IP 2007);  Socrates Meets Sartre:  The Father of Modern Philosophy Cross-Examines the Founder of Existentialism (IP 2005);  Socrates Meets Machiavelli:  The Father of Modern Philosophy Cross-Examines the Author of The Prince  (IP 2003);  Socrates Meets Marx:  The Father of Modern Philosophy Cross-Examines the Founder of Communism  (IP 2003).


Click here to read excerpts from many of Dr. Kreeft's Ignatius Press books!   


Articles:  Too Numerous to List, but why not try a few of these . . .


Visit the Catholic Education Resource Center for an extensive collection of additional single and serial articles written by Dr. Kreeft, who is also a member of the CERC Advisory Board.  Among the serial articles available through CERC are Dr. Kreeft’s “The Pillars of Unbelief” articles on philosophers such as Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Marx, Kant, Freud and Sartre, “Comparing Christianity and” Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and The New Paganism, “The Language of Beauty” and articles on the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Love.

A Conversation with Peter Kreeft About C.S. Lewis   

Why Study Philosophy and Theology?  

The Reasons to Believe  

Twelve Ways to Know God    

The Problem of Evil

Darkness at Noon:  The Eclipse of the Permanent Things   

The Uniqueness of Christianity   

Who is Jesus?

The Divinity of Christ  

What Will Heaven Be Like? 

Justice, Wisdom, Courage, and Moderation:  The Four Cardinal Virtues 

Peter Kreeft Answers the Question:  What is Love?  

Dominus Iesus:  Liberal or Conservative?  

How to Win the Culture War   

The Liberal Arts and Sexual Morality    

The Apple Argument Against Abortion 

Human Personhood Begins at Conception   


Reasons of the Heart     

A Philosophical Refutation of Reductionism 

A Refutation of Moral Relativism