March 23rd 2019


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COVER STORY Federally, the pro-family voter is starved for choice

SPECIAL EDITORIAL Has Cardinal George Pell been wrongly convicted?

EDITORIAL For politicians: lessons from Europe's emerging pro-family parties

ENERGY Hundreds of years of oil and gas reserves; if we want to use them

THE CARDINAL AND THE MEDIA Four Corners: the third trial of Cardinal Pell

SOCIETY AND RELIGION The future belongs to those who possess the past

SCIENCE Are summer heatwaves caused by climate change?

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE The roots of the breaking of a fundamental taboo

CARDINAL PELL CONVICTION Triumphalism over Pell verdict shows civilisation is just a veneer

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS President Donald Trump: an unlikely promise keeper Part 1

THE AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE Same old same old in our beloved sunburnt country

THE AUSTRALASIAN A three years' drought

ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwan reaches out to its regional neighbours

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Covington boys: left hoist on its bigots' petard

MUSIC Time's unfolding: One of music's raw materials

CINEMA Stan & Ollie: Past joys, past sorrows

BOOK REVIEW The three-part attack on the home

BOOK REVIEW What draining the DC swamp turns up

LETTERS

POETRY

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF TOLKIEN:
The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings

Peter Kreeft

$AUD32.00


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(San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005)
Paperback: 237 pages
ISBN: 9781586170257
Price: AUD$32.00

 

Book description

The popular philosopher and author Peter Kreeft presents what he calls “a second adventure of discovery” — a journey into the underlying philosophy of Tolkien, or his “world-view”. Topics covered include the existence of God, the supernatural, angels, cosmology, the war of good and evil, the virtues, friendship and divine providence.

While nothing can equal or replace the adventure in reading Tolkien’s masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, Peter Kreeft says that the journey into its underlying philosophy can be another exhilarating adventure.

Thus, Kreeft takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the philosophical bones of Middle earth. He organises the philosophical themes in The Lord of the Rings into 50 categories, accompanied by over 1,000 references to the text of Tolkien’s book. Since many of the great questions of philosophy are included in the 50-theme outline, this book can also be read as an engaging introduction to philosophy. For each of the philosophical topics in Lord, Kreeft presents tools by which they can be understood.

 

Author

Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a convert from Calvinism to Catholicism, a widely published author and a professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King’s College (Empire State Building), in New York City.

 

Endorsements

“Peter Kreeft writes so well! He is a master of profundity and succinctness, an author with an uncanny ability to plumb the philosophical depths without ever losing the clarity required to illumine those depths to the average reader. What a joy to see his acrobatic mind capering with philosophical delight in the presence of elves, hobbits, men, dwarves and angels. This book is Kreeftcraft at its best.”
Joseph Pearce, author, Tolkien: Man and Myth.

“Kreeft shows how Tolkien gives a very convincing myth or vision which makes sense of reality and gives arguments for them. This is an exciting and insightful book.”
Richard Purtill, author, J.R.R. Tolkien: Myth, Morality, and Religion


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