Professor Kreeft on natural law … and life

Peter Kreeft is one of my favorite Catholic authors. A longtime professor of philosophy at Boston College, he writes with a crispness and clarity like few other writers (and which is evident below).

He has published dozens of books, many of which I have on my own shelf. If there’s some aspect of Catholic faith or living that you’re unsure of or don’t quite understand, it’s a good idea to go find out what Kreeft has written about it.  (His website is here.)

That’s why I turned to him recently while researching an article on a philosophical topic for Our Sunday Visitor.  The article, which appears in tomorrow’s issue, is on natural law, the ways it has appeared prominently in the recent teaching of Pope Benedict XVI, and why it matters.  As usual, his comments were both succinct and insightful.  You can find the piece (“For Pope Benedict, it’s only natural — law, that is”) on page 8 of the Jan. 20, 2008 issue of OSV.  (Be sure to check out Mary DeTurris Poust’s fascinating interview with Nat Henthoff in the same issue, by the way.)

I’m not the only one who has been talking to Dr. Kreeft.  Last week the Boston Globe printed a very interesting interview with him, in connection with his latest book, Before I Go: Letters to Our Children about What Really Matters. It’s a collection of advice and wisdom he wants to offer to his kids before he dies. (Kreeft is 70.)  The interview is well worth a look.

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