Possessed of a gift to explain otherwise complex matters of philosophy and religion to “the common man”, Peter Kreeft has become widely known as an author and lecturer. As professor of philosophy at Boston College, Dr. Kreeft is most known for his popular book series, Socrates Meets…, and his many lectures on the philosophy of C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. His books cover a wide range of topics, from basic explanations of the Catholic faith to an in depth look at Pascal’s Pensees.
On the lighter side, being a professor at BC, Dr. Kreeft likes to joke that BC stands for “barely Catholic,” but this does not mean that he does not enjoy teaching there. In fact, he loves BC because it’s Catholic enough to feel like home and pagan enough to feel like a mission field. You should also know that Dr. Kreeft is a a Boston native and a big time Red Sox fan. He also has a handy Jesuit joke or two on hand to poke fun at his favorite religious order. (BC is a Jesuit college, for those that don’t know)
Below are some links to some of my favorite lectures by Peter Kreeft – special thanks to Dave Nevins at www.peterkreeft.com for making this audio available. For a complete listing of all 36 audio files available, please see the “Featured Audio” section at www.peterkreeft.com.
- Ecumenism Without Compromise – A very honest look at ecumenism from a Catholic point of view: given at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX
- Aquinas and the Angels – A fascinating overview of angelology, as seen through the theology of the “Angelic Doctor”, St. Thomas Aquinas.
- How to Win the Culture War – A lucid account of the cultural battle that wages all around us, whether we recognize it or not. The question is how do we win the culture war? Dr. Kreeft’s brilliantly simple answer is that we must be saints. Only saints change the world. Right on.
- Pro-Life Philosophy – A straightforward and syllogistically based argument against abortion. This lecture is a great example of Dr. Kreeft’s gift of making philosophy accessible to non-academics.
- A Refutation of Moral Relativism – Moral relativism is the prevailing secular philosophy of our post-modern age. In this lecture, Dr. Kreeft lays out the logical arguments against a purely subjective understanding of morality.
- Shocking Beauty – A brilliant lecture on the event that turned the world upside down – God became man. Jesus is more than a historically interesting figure, or, worse yet, a mere theological abstraction. He is consubstantial with God and He became man for our salvation. This fact should shock us to our very being.