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The Philosophy of Jesus

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Review from Booklist - The four great philosophical questions, Kreeft says, are What is real? How can we know what is real? Who are we? and How should we live? They motivate the philosophical disciplines of metaphysics, epistemology, philosophical anthropology, and ethics, and from a Christian perspective, the answer to all four is Jesus. As God with us (Emanuel), he verif ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by St. Augustines Press
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Oct 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it
Much of what Peter says here is true and helpful, but often the spirit in which it is said is not. There is a sickening triumphalism lurking about some of the sections. I was disappointed not to find a gentler, kinder apologist. It will, perhaps, please already-believers, but it may alienate some sincere searchers, and that's too bad. Kreeft's books are almost always gems. This is a zircon.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
This is so fantastically bad it's good. The very first thing he says in this book is that he's a Christian "butwaitdontleaveyet it's a GOOD thing because only a Christian is qualified to talk about the philosophy of Jesus! After all, we wouldn't really trust a text on Buddhist philosophy by a non-Buddhist, right?" (What? Why not? Anyone who has studied Buddhist philosophy in depth is qualified to write about it, regardless of personal beliefs. I wouldn't expect any academic writer to inform thei ...more
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: booklady, Ibrahim
I was fascinated by this little book. The book discusses the "four great questions of philosophy" as taught/revealed by Jesus. The four questions are: What is real?; How do we know what is real?; Who are we who know what is real?; and What should we be to be more real? The answers are, of course, Christ-centered, but the author's way of explaining the answers is quite interesting.

In the chapter on "Jesus' Metaphysics", the Trinity is discussed and the author concludes:

"Since God is complete, He
Jessica Bondarczuk
melhor do que eu pensei, muito bom
Emerson John Tiu Ng
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Peter Kreeft is one of my favorite authors of apologetics... this book is quite timely because it discusses the issues our church faces nowadays...
Joshua D.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: philosophy students, those interested in apologetics
I don't have a lot to say about this book other than I'm not sure I'm well versed enough in the finer points of philosophy to appreciate some of the questions Kreeft is trying to answer. He writes about Jesus as a philosopher, not in the sense of understanding him as one who engages in socratic dialogue with Kantian ethics. Nor is he writing about Jesus as a philosopher in the sense that we are all philosophers (everyone has some philosophy of life). "But Jesus [is] a philosopher in a meaningful ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is about the substance of Jesus and what that means for us. The book covers the four great philosophical questions:
What is? What is real? Especially, what is most real?
How can we know what is real?
Who are we, who wants to know the real? “know thy self”
What should we be, how should we live, to be more real?
The questions are about being, truth, self and goodness. Kreeft says that, ’’The logical order of questions is that: we must first know something real before we can know how we know i
Christopher Goins
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this 150-page book in 5 hours--and it is frequently glorious.

Jesus’ philosophy is both shocking and joyful, both romantic and sexy; and Catholic philosopher Peter Kreeft shows readers that Jesus himself answers the four big questions of philosophy—What is real (metaphysics)? How can we know what’s real (epistemology)? Who are we, who want to know the real (philosophical anthropology)? What should we be, how should we live, to be more real (ethics)?

If you have read and understood the Gosp
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, philosophy
Very good, but, since it was not what I was expecting or hoping for, a bit of a disappointment.

I have become very interested lately in listening to what Jesus actually has to say, as if his words mattered. Sadly, the downside of the beautiful and wise theology which the Church has come to understand is that we sometimes overlook Jesus' actual teachings. I was hoping for an exploration of his words, considered philosophically. But Kreeft, being Kreeft, gave me something different, though certain
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If one wants the simple and factual -- ever the illusive quarry in the philosophic and academic milieu -- the simple and factual of exactly the point of JESUS (and his points), you can't get anything clearer or true than Kreeft's little volume here (so much simpler, clearer, and grammatical than this run-on).

But in keen earnestness: To meet Jesus' philosophy is to meet a person. He is peculiarly personal, for his words always point back to a person. Himself. No other teacher guides quite this wa
Camila Rauber
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best philosophy/religious books I've read in a long, long time. It was perfect from page one to page 126. Easy to read with many "Wow" moments. Kreeft is a wonderful writer. It's as if he is speaking with you and he makes complex ideas simple. By breaking down Jesus' philosophy into metaphysics, epistemology, philosophical anthropology and ethics, he shows you how real Christ is. He explained stories I've heard a thousand times in a different, simpler way that enlightened me.

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Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great!! Short quick, but deep read. A lot of the typical Kreeft wit :) I was reading this at the same time as I was reading "The Everlasting Man" by Chesterton and hearing some interesting talks on CD and having some interesting discussions, so it was cool seeing the connections.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Really bad. It’s really not an exposition on Jesus as a philosopher; it’s more of Kreeft’s random ruminations on (Roman) Catholic theology and practice. Some of the descriptions Kreeft uses regarding Christ, the church, and sex border on the bizarre and weird.
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent little book, dense but easy to read and the last part, Jesus's Ethics, was the best part minus the one little quibble I had about family in it. I'm going to have to take notes and think about a few places in it for awhile
Jon Kopecky
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read after Jesus Shock. So very good.
Jul 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
excellent book on the world view of Jesus. Apart from some catholic tradition based theology a great book.
Roger Morris
Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Wordy and rambling. I found it a bit of a slog.
Andre Abukawa
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It`s a little confusing and predictable. ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Sep 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I have listened to numerous Kreeft lectures, but this is the first one of his books I have read and I was not disappointed.
Marcos Junior
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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O professor de filosofia Peter Kreeft possui uma rara capacidade de analisar as questões teológicas de forma clara, utilizando um referencial filosófico, notadamente de fundo socrático. Neste pequeno livro mostra como Jesus, com sua pessoa, responde as principais questões filosóficas da humanidade. Não conseguimos responder adequadamente estas questões porque não entendemos que o próprio Cristo é a resposta. O interessante da exposição de Kreeft é que não se trata da doutrina ou da pregação cris ...more
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Peter Kreeft is a Catholic apologist, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King's College, and author of over 45 books including Fundamentals of the Faith , Everything you Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven , and Back to Virtue . Some consider him the best Catholic philosopher currently residing in the United States. His ideas draw heavily from religious and philosophical tradition, ...more
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