5 Reasons Why You Should Download the Peter Kreeft Collection
I've made no secret about my love for the Logos Verbum software. I think it's the the most powerful Bible resource ever available and I use it almost everyday for personal devotions, research help, and spiritual reading.
But Logos just got even better. They recently introduced a brand new Peter Kreeft Bundle which brings 27 books from the gifted Catholic apologist and philosopher to the powerful Logos system.
Here's more info from Logos:
"Peter Kreeft is a philosopher, theologian, and apologist. As a philosopher, Kreeft makes understanding philosophy easy via a creative conversational format that let’s us listen in on fictional conversations between Socrates and other philosophical giants. As a theologian, he tackles the tough doctrines of angels, demons, heaven, hell, suffering, prayer and many more, giving the biblical perspective on these issues that are often clouded by popular culture. As an apologist, Kreeft helps answer the skeptic’s questions and equip believers with the tools they need to defend their faith in the world. The Peter Kreeft Bundle contains three collections of the philosopher, theologian, and apologist’s resources rolled into one, at a discounted price.
- Peter Kreeft Philosophy and Apologetics Collection (10 vols.)
- Peter Kreeft Theology Collection (10 vols.)
- Peter Kreeft’s Socratic Dialogues (7 vols.)
Kreeft has written dozens of books explaining and defending the Christian faith and Catholicism. He is frequently praised for his writing that is both clear and logical, as well as delightfully entertaining. In the Logos editions of these texts you can compile and compare Kreeft’s thoughts with other apologists, theologians and philosophers with just a few clicks. See all Scripture references on mouseover, and find everything the Bible says about the beginning and end, life and death, right and wrong, angels, heaven, or prayer in an instant. You can also easily compare Kreeft’s texts with classic primary sources like Discourse on Method, the Critique of Pure Reason, and Plato’s dialogues. Logos saves time and streamlines your study like never before."
So why does this matter to you? Here are five reasons:
1. Peter Kreeft is the next C.S. Lewis.
Ever since Lewis' death fifty years ago, Christians have vigorously searched for his successor. New books and articles continue to promote their authors as "the next C.S. Lewis" and it seems the list grows ever longer. Perhaps the most popular candidate is N.T. Wright, the renowned Anglican biblical scholar and former bishop of Durham. Like Lewis, Wright ably brings lofty theological concepts down to earth, using simple imagery and breezy prose. He also shares Lewis' British heritage, accent, and centrist reputation. (Note: Logos offers some great N.T. Wright resources.)
However, while I'm a big Wright fan, the most obvious Lewis successor in my mind is Dr. Peter Kreeft. Kreeft, a longtime philosophy professor at Boston College, is admittedly an American, but other than that he's the closest living match to Lewis. Like the Oxford don, Kreeft is incredibly prolific, having authored over 65 books (people often joke that Kreeft writes a new book before breakfast each day.) Also, his writing is marked by delicious wit, an expansive imagination, and forays into multiple genres, just like Lewis. Kreeft has written on apologetics, prayer, grief, philosophy, fantasy, fiction, and epistolary exchanges.
All that means if you like C.S. Lewis, you'll love Peter Kreeft. And whether you've read few or many of his books, the Peter Kreeft Collection is a great way to read more.
2. It's cheaper than buying print editions.
If you bought all 27 volumes in the Logos Peter Kreeft Bundle in print, you'd shell out $400. But the Logos version delivers them, with many more features, for just $240. That's a 40% discount. It also means that you pay less than $10 per book. Since some of Kreeft's books retail for nearly $30, that's a remarkable deal.
Yet if that still seems a bit pricey, Logos offers two other options. Instead of paying for the whole bundle up front you can pay $25/month over twelve months. You end up paying a little more in the long run but you get to spread out your payments over time. Under this scenario, you're essentially paying the price of a new release hardcover each month but by the end, you own the entire Peter Kreeft library.
A second option is to buy one of the smaller Peter Kreeft collections. Logos offers three different packages:
- Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion
- C. S. Lewis for the Third Millennium: Six Essays on The Abolition of Man
- Jacob’s Ladder: Ten Steps to Truth
- Because God is Real: Sixteen Questions, One Answer
- A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist
- Three Approaches to Abortion: A Thoughtful and Compassionate Guide to Today’s Most Controversial Issue
- Yes or No: Straight Answers to Tough Questions about Christianity
- A Shorter Summa: The Most Essential Philosophical Passages of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica
- A Summa of the Summa: The Essential Philosophical Passages of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica
- Your Questions, God’s Answers
- Angels and Demons: What Do We Really Know about Them?
- Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs
- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Heaven
- Fundamentals of the Faith: Essays in Christian Apologetics
- The God Who Loves You
- Heaven, the Heart’s Deepest Longing
- Love is Stronger than Death
- Prayer for Beginners
- Prayer: The Great Conversation
- Three Philosophies of Life
- Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy
- Socrates Meets Descartes: The Father of Philosophy Analyzes the Father of Modern Philosophy’s Discourse on Method
- Socrates Meets Hume: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Father of Modern Skepticism
- Socrates Meets Kant: The Father of Philosophy Meets His Most Influential Modern Child
- Socrates Meets Machiavelli: The Father of Philosophy Cross-Examines the Author of The Prince
- Socrates Meets Marx: The Father of Philosophy Cross-Examines the Founder of Communism
- Socrates Meets Sartre: The Father of Philosophy Meets the Founder of Existentialism
3. The powerful Logos engine ties all the books to Tradition.
This is probably my favorite part about reading Dr. Kreeft's books through Logos. The software links all your resources together which makes it easy to jump from Kreeft's writing to Scripture, the Catechism, the Summa, or the writings of popes, saints, and philosophers.
For example, when you're reading his book Catholic Christianity, you simply hover your mouse over a Catechism citation (like CCC 344 in the example below) and a small pop-up box appears with that passage in context. You don't have to jump around and open another book as you would with print titles. Instead, the citations pop-up within the text itself:
4. You can instantly search Dr. Kreeft's content.
Anyone who speaks, preaches, teaches, or writes about Catholic topics will find this feature really helpful. I have a whole shelf of Peter Kreeft books, but when I want to find his thoughts on a particular topic, it usually take hours of flipping through multiple titles.
With the Logos Peter Kreeft Bundle, however, you can easily search for a particular word, phrase, or topic and see all the places it appears throughout Dr. Kreeft's corpus. It will search over 5,800 pages of Kreeft's text in a second. Even better, you can look up specific Bible verses or Catechism references and find each instance where Kreeft mentions them.
This search feature alone makes the Logos version of the books more valuable than their print counterparts.
5. You'll have a Kreeft library wherever you go.
Once you download the Peter Kreeft Bundle you can access it through any device, whether a desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.
That means next time you're sitting on a bus or waiting in the doctor's office, you can whip out your cell phone or iPad and read short chapter from one of Kreeft's books. And when you finish, Logos will save your spot and synchronize it with your computer and other mobile devices. That way you can pick up right where you left off next time, even on a different device. Logos also syncs your notes, bookmarks, and highlights on the fly.
So for all these reasons and more, any fans of Peter Kreeft, or anyone wanting to read the next C.S. Lewis, should definitely check out the powerful Logos Peter Kreeft Bundle. It's a great deal on a phenomenal digital library.
(NOTE: I add the same caveat whenever I promote Logos, but it's worth saying again. Other than a demo copy of the software and resources I mention, I don't receive any kickbacks or payments for promoting the Logos products. I'm just a huge fan of their software and think every Catholic will benefit from it.)