Sunday, 28 September 2014
Catholic Christianity, by Peter Kreeft
Peter J Kreeft, Catholic Christianity: A Complete Catechism of Catholic Beliefs based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2001 Ignatius Press
There are some books which are good books, but which you don't really need. Peter Kreeft's Catholic Christianity probably comes into this category.
Catholic Christianity is basically a concise summary of all the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It puts the doctrinal statements into punchier more dynamic language, but otherwise it does not add a lot of value. It's more readable than the Catechism, but the Catechism is not a massively difficult document for an educated person to read. If somebody struggles to read the Catechism, the likelihood is that they will struggle to read this book.
If you own a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, you probably don't need to buy this and if you don't, the Catechism is a cheaper book to buy. I suppose Kreeft might have added a bit more apologetic value by addressing some objections to Catholic teaching from Protestants and others, but as the book already runs to 421 pages, that would have made for a very thick volume.