BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL

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“On November 22, 1963, three great men died within a few hours of each other: C.S. Lewis, John F. Kennedy, and Aldous Huxley. All three believed, in different ways, that death is not the end of human life. Suppose they were right, and suppose they met after death. How might the conversation go?”

In his book, professor Peter Kreeft “imagines their discourse as a modern Socratic dialog..”

“Combining logical argument and literary imagination, Kreeft portrays Lewis as a Christian theist, Kennedy as a modern humanist and Huxley as an Eastern pantheist.”

Everything in quotes above can be found on the back jacket cover of this book published in 1982.

I thought a good way to begin the year was to recommend a book that looks at three different perspectives. If these three men could have had this discussion, it may have gone something like this. If you click on PHOTO SOURCE , the first few pages are available for viewing.

Of course, we’ll never really know what this conversation would have looked like. It probably would not have gone quite as smoothly (if one can call it that). An author has time to think of the main tenants of belief that men have and I would be surprised if each of the three characters would come “off of the cuff” with such quick responses. In spite of this, Mr. Kreeft has, I think, captured the “faiths” of these men and creates a dialog that represents three of today’s prevailing worldviews. As Eastern mysticism and humanism seem to be outpacing Christianity these days, I think the book is a good educational tool.

The book is an easy read; only 114 pages. I have the original but another printing was made in 2008 and I can’t imagine any changes being made.

If you have read the book or do so because of this post, I would appreciate your comments. I plan on reading this book at least once a year to stay familiar with views I don’t hold. In this conversation, I would agree with C.S. Lewis and his Biblical beliefs.

My son got the book online for under $4.

I hope you have a chance to read this interesting book.

CR

(IMPORTANT FOLLOW UP:

It is May 19th, 2017. I have just read a review of another book by Peter Kreeft. You can see that review on my friend Maria’s blog HERE. Because of the information in Maria’s blog post, I will no longer be able to recommend anything by Peter Kreeft. In time, I may get a chance to reread this book to see if this entire post needs to come down. Until then, I’m leaving it up because, for whatever reason, I thought it was pretty good the last time I read it.

CR)

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14 Responses to BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL

  1. thanks for the recommendation, Chris! I might check it out!

    • Chris says:

      You’re welcome, Delight. For some reason your comment was in my spam box with the 70 or so advertisements for goose parkas. I’ve probably deleted 1000 of those this holiday season. Anyway, I couldn’t miss your piano keys. I think this is a book right up your alley. You may want to read the first few pages at the link here and see what you think. We were looking at it online last night and never found one that looked like the one my son has (an original) nor were they as cheap. I think, if you end up wanting to read it, that you can get it for around $10.

      God’s blessings my friend. I always appreciate your comments…

  2. theywhoseek says:

    Chris, this sounds interesting . . . going to go check it out! ~ Blessings ~

    • Chris says:

      I’m glad, Deborah Ann.

      We believe by faith but C.S. Lewis was an intellectual who gave great reasons to believe. In the end, he states that it is by grace that we are saved and the conversation never gets out of hand as so many do these days. It is a discussion of differences in belief and I think Mr. Lewis puts the Bible in its proper place of importance.

      Always great to hear from you.

      God’s blessings…

  3. Again, so interesting, Chris! I probably won’t be reading this book, though I may look at the three pages. Like many Christians I’ve read and enjoyed a lot of Lewis’s fiction but none of Huxley. And despite the cruel gossip, I still love our young President whose life was cut short.

    • Chris says:

      I’m glad you found this interesting, Maria. The book is very short so if the first few pages interest you, it is a quick read.
      I’ve always believed some of the things, particularly the womanizing, that JFK is accused of. I would be very curious to know a source that puts the gossip to rest. It is not that important to me but I am always interested in American History and truth. There has been so much revisionism in our public education history books done primarily to remove the Christian contribution to what made this country great.
      I so appreciate your comments. It’s always nice to see things through another pair of eyes that you respect.

      • Yes, Chris, it is interesting to have the perspective of others! And I enjoyed being part of this discussion.
        I call talk about President Kennedy’s adultery “gossip” not because I don’t believe it but because it’s something that people won’t leave alone – and that makes me sad. But, you’re very right to want to know the truth even if unpleasant – I agree.
        Lord bless you! It was also good to read about your reading to and with your son.

        • Chris says:

          Thanks for your kind words, Maria.

          I really did enjoy reading books about faith to my son as he grew. Now he reads more than I do by far. I find myself asking him questions. He just graduated from college with the highest possible honors. To God be the glory. I always told him to do his best, but I didn’t expect near perfection. He didn’t get less than an A in any class in high school and college. He wants to teach high school history or English. His understanding of theology isn’t too shabby either. He got my wife’s brain for sure.
          May the Lord bless you as well and give you His peace!

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