This book is apologist Peter Kreeft's call to arms, culturally and spiritually. We in America (and all Western cultures) are in a war, a war with devastating effects and deadly consequences. Across the different spectrums (political, religious, ideological) there is broad consensus about the status of American and Western culture. While we don't always or often agree about the root causes of our problems, that major problems exist in our society is clearly evident.
But what is the war that we must join? Is it Christians versus non-Christians? Is it liberals versus conservatives? Is it atheists versus theists? Is it creationists versus evolutionists? Many think so, but Kreeft reminds us that this war, which is being fought on cultural and spiritual fronts, is really a war between the culture of life and the culture of death. And the enemies are, as Paul knew two thousand years ago, powers, principalities and rulers in the spiritual realms.
Knowing the nature of the battle is not enough, however, and Kreeft offers a simple, yet profound, battle plan. First, we must recognize that we are indeed at war and who the real enemy is (Satan). Then we must understand both Satan's battle plan and God's battle plan. Finally, we must engage the culture of death, which Satan both inspires and delights in, as true children of God (saints).
Will we win? Not by our own power, no. But we will win, for God's power is made perfect in our weakness. Kreeft reminds us that we can have confidence in the final victory of love and good. Why can we have this confidence? Because truth is ultimately stronger than falsehood, and light ultimately stronger than darkness. Because love is stronger by far than hate. Because Jesus truly is Lord and King, and His blood is the strongest force in the universe. And because love never gives up.
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