Open this book and step into an epic human journey. The journey toward truth. Enjoy a delightful and imagainative allegory of timeless wisdom as you journey along the pathway of true knowledge. Socrates, the thoroughly reasonable and wise philosopher of Athens, will accompany you much of the way. With sharp questions and canny wit he will coach you past the winsome, wily and the half-wise spin-doctors of error posted along these ancient by-ways. The Journey is an animated and topograhical roadmap for modern pilgrims walking the ancient pathway in search of reality.
Open this book and begin an epic human journey--the journey toward truth. Enjoy a delightful and imaginative allegory of timeless wisdom as you travel along the road of true knowledge. Socrates, the thoroughly reasonable and wise philosopher of Athens, will accompany you much of the way. With sharp questions and canny wit he will coach you past the winsome, the wily and the half-wise spin-doctors of error posted along the ancient byways. Every tempting path will be exposed as a road best not taken. The Journey is an animated and topographical roadmap for modern pilgrims walking the ancient paths in search of reality. Crucial questions present decisive turns in the road: Is there truth? Does meaning exist? Is there right and wrong? Does God exist, and if so, what is he like? These and other essential questions provide guidance that delightfully entertains while directing your mind and spirit on the journey toward the freedom of truth.
Peter J. Kreeft (PhD, Fordham University) is professor of philosophy at Boston College where he has taught since 1965. A popular lecturer, he has also taught at many other colleges, seminaries and educational institutions in the eastern United States. Kreeft has written more than fifty books, including , , , and (with Ronald Tacelli).
This lively and entertaining allegory attempts to introduce readers to the
moral dilemmas and philosophical impasses that arise along life's path. In
Kreeft's tale, readers are guided largely by Socrates (Moses and C.S. Lewis
appear late in the book) in a trek from Plato's cave to the cross of Christ.
Socrates introduces the tools of the journeyDsharp questions and sound
reasoningDand assists readers as they encounter famous thinkers who present
philosophical positions that demand decisions crucial to the direction of their
journey: Is there truth? Does meaning exist? Does God exist? The problem,
however, with this otherwise delightful book (intended for introductory
philosophy courses in Christian colleges) is that it oversimplifies and
ridicules the great minds of Western thought, apparently to underscore the
futility of anything less than faith in Jesus. For example, here Epicurus
appears as Hugh Hefner, and Diogenes, who "looked like a sad spastic
frogDrather like Jean-Paul Sartre," chooses to sulk rather than counter a
simple argument. Gorgias is an "elitist pessimist" snob; Protagoras and Kant
are but two sides of the same slick skeptic; and Nietzsche is merely a raving
lunatic who croons Sinatra's "I Did It My Way." Some might find this good fun,
others good allegory, but it certainly isn't good philosophy. (Jan.)