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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Jacob's Ladder: Answering the Big Questions

Have you ever asked yourself one of these types of questions:
  • Why am I here?
  • What is my purpose?
  • What is truth? (Made famous by Pontius Pilate)
  • Does God exist?
  • Can you prove God exists?
Most of us at some point in our lives have asked one of these or similar questions. Philosophers call these the Big Questions. If you are looking for a good, accessible book to read to help you with these questions, look no further. Peter Kreeft, who is a philosopher and professor at Boston College, has written a new book entitled Jacob's Ladder: 10 Steps to Truth, published by Ignatius Press. This is NOT a theology book, but instead it is a book about finding God through reason. Contrary to what the secular culture says, faith and reason are not incompatible and Kreeft points that out. (See Blessed Pope John Paul II's encyclical, Faith and Reason for more on this subject.)

I have not personally read the entire book, but the reviews of the book by trusted Catholics like Patrick Madrid, Mark Shea and Father Spitzer have been wonderful. I have read some of Kreeft's other works and one of his greatest strengths is the ability to take "heady" material and apply an ordinary, every day approach to explaining things. We Joe Catholics can get on board with that.

Check out the book trailer. The book is available for pre-order at Ignatius Press or Amazon, or you can buy it at a local Catholic book store soon.