"Ecumenical Jihad: Ecumenism and the Culture War" by Peter Kreeft

Tuesday, 31 Jul 2007

Boston College philosophy professor Peter Kreeft's Ecumenical Jihad: Ecumenism and the Culture War (Ignatius Press, 1996) is one of the most astonishing books I have ever come across. To begin with, the book's title is arresting. The somewhat frightening word "Jihad," associated in our Western culture with Islamic terrorists, means "holy war" that is carried out as a religious duty. Juxtaposed with "ecumenical," the title is odd indeed. Kreeft acknowledges that these two words are indeed laden with distinctive religious overtones. "Ecumenism," he writes, "is a 'liberal' ...

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