Peter John Kreeft is a famous professor of philosophy known for his contributions to Christian philosophy theology and apologetics.
Born in 1937 he completed his education at Calvin College and Fordham University where he earned his doctoral degree.
Kreeft has received various fellowships and honors for his philosophical work.
Alongside Ronald K. Tacelli he developed “Twenty Arguments for the Existence of God.” Kreeft’s work also includes educational videos on Prager University focusing on religion and philosophy.
Raised as a Calvinist Kreeft converted to Catholicism after a deep exploration of the Church’s claims historical roots and teachings which had a significant impact on his life and beliefs.
Below is a best collection of quotes by Peter Kreeft.
Best Peter Kreeft Quotes
Sinners think they are saints, but saints know they are sinners. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Everything smaller than Heaven bores us because only Heaven is bigger than our hearts. ~ Peter Kreeft.
An open mind is not an end in itself but a means to the end of finding truth. ~ Peter Kreeft.
The national anthem of hell is, I Did It My Way. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Ethics without virtue is an illusion. What is the highest purpose of ethics? It is to make a person good, that is virtuous. ~ Peter Kreeft.
All human beings have a right to life. Our unborn children are members of the human race. They’re human beings, so they have a right to life. ~ Peter Kreeft.
To worship a crocodile is better to worship yourself. ~ Peter Kreeft.
A pure heart means a single heart, a heart in which only one desire lives: love. ~ Peter Kreeft.
If you love, you will suffer. The only way to protect yourself against suffering is to protect yourself against love – and that is the greatest suffering of all, loneliness. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Conscience is thus explained only as the voice of God in the soul. ~ Peter Kreeft.
A woman has a responsibility and a privilege that a man doesn’t have of given birth to another human being. ~ Peter Kreeft.
When a maniac is at the door, feuding brothers reconcile. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Top Peter Kreeft Quotes
God allows unjust disparities between rich and poor because He does not miraculously intervene to establish justice against human wills. Also, discrepancies are not unjust by themselves; justice does not mean equality of result but equality of opportunity. ~ Peter Kreeft.
The key to faith is love. We believe only if we love. Trust is the middle term; only if we love, do we trust; and only if we trust, do we believe. ~ Peter Kreeft.
The opposite of Christianity is not atheism, but idolatry. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Abortion is the insurance against that fate worse than death which is called a family. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Control language and you control thought; control thought and you control action; control action and you control the world. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Diversion and indifference are the two widest roads to Hell in today’s world. ~ Peter Kreeft.
There is one and only one possible road to joy: selfless love. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces “nice” people, not heroes. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Things look different when history is seen as His-story. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Christianity is God’s marriage proposal to the soul. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Without that freedom to sin there is also no freedom to love. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Famous Peter Kreeft Quotes
Great saints have often been made out of great sinners, but not one was ever made out of a wimp. ~ Peter Kreeft.
He’s what we really need. If your friend is sick and dying, the most important thing he wants is not an explanation but for you to sit with him. He’s terrified of being alone more than anything else. So God has not left us alone. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Other religions are stories of man’s search for God. The Bible is the story of God’s search for man. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Mary’s light is like that of the moon, totally reflected from the sun, the Son of God. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Kindness-mere kindness-cannot tolerate suffering. Love can. ~ Peter Kreeft.
If God is not a Trinity, God is not love. For love requires three things: a lover, a beloved, and a relationship between them. ~ Peter Kreeft.
The big, blazing truth about man is that he has a heaven-sized hole in his heart, and nothing else can fill it. We pass our lives trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles. As Augustine said: Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee. ~ Peter Kreeft.
The most total opposite of pleasure is not pain but boredom, for we are willing to risk pain to make a boring life interesting. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Popular Peter Kreeft Quotes
Agape’s object is always the concrete individual, not some abstraction called humanity. Love of humanity is easy because humanity does not surprise you with inconvenient demands. You never find humanity on your doorstep, stinking and begging. ~ Peter Kreeft.
The only reason you are not yet a saint is because you do not wholly want to be one… ~ Peter Kreeft.
Trying to fill the God-sized hole in our hearts with things other than God is like trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles. ~ Peter Kreeft.
No one justifies lying, cheating, betraying, promise breaking, devastating and harming strangers. But we expect and we tolerate doing this to the one person in the world we promised most seriously to be faithful to forever: we justify divorce. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Violence is spiritual junk food, and boredom is spiritual anorexia. ~ Peter Kreeft.
It is mercy, not justice or courage or even heroism, that alone can defeat evil. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Listening to other people’s needs is listening to God. Noticing simple, natural beauty, hearing music, even confronting the challenge of pain and problems – that can all be listening to God too. ~ Peter Kreeft.
If we had absolute proof instead of clues, then you could no more deny God than you could deny the sun. If we had no evidence at all, you could never get there. God gives us just enough evidence so that those who want him can have him. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Atheism is cheap on people, because it snobbishly says nine out of ten people through history have been wrong about God and have had a lie at the core of their hearts. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Abortion is the Antichrist’s demonic parody of the eucharist. That’s why it uses the same holy words, “This is my body,” with the blasphemous opposite meaning. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Wise Peter Kreeft Quotes
Christ is the Word of God in person. The Bible is the Word of God in writing. Both are the Word of God in the words of men. Both have a human nature and a divine nature. ~ Peter Kreeft.
The secret of joy is hidden in the word itself: first J, then O, then Y: Jesus first, Others next, Yourself last. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Even David Hume, one of history most famous skeptics, said it’s just barely possible that God exists. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Lack of prayer is the cause of lack of time. ~ Peter Kreeft.
In an age of relativism, orthodoxy is the only possible rebellion left. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Only in a world where faith is difficult can faith exist. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Sacraments are like hoses. They are the channels of the living water of God’s grace. Our faith is like opening the faucet. We can open it a lot, a little, or not at all. ~ Peter Kreeft.
We are artists, because God is. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Be egalitarian regarding persons. Be elitist regarding ideas. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Someone who knows God has evidence–and therefore prejudices based on that evidence–which someone who does not know God does not have. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Great Peter Kreeft Quotes
How can a mere finite human being be sure that infinite wisdom would not tolerate certain short-range evils in order for more long-range goods that we can’t foresee. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Bad times make good people, as mountainous pressures make diamonds or as fire tempers steel. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Atheism cheapens everything it touches-look at the results of communism, the most powerful form of atheism on earth. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Envy, though not the greatest sin, is the only one that gives the sinner no pleasure at all, not even fake and temporary satisfaction. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Moral relativism says morality is relative, not absolute, I want to show moral relativism, in its popular form, is logically incoherent. ~ Peter Kreeft.
We do not do good works to get into heaven; we do good works because heaven has gotten to us. ~ Peter Kreeft.
We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love. ~ Peter Kreeft.
On my door is a cartoon of two turtles. One says, ‘Sometimes I would like to ask why he allows poverty, famine and injustice when he could do something about it.’ The other turtle says ‘I am afraid that God might ask me the same question.’ ~ Peter Kreeft.
The heart is like a woman, and the head is like a man, and although man is the head of woman, woman is the heart of man, and she turns man’s head because she turns his heart. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Gratitude is the seedbed of joy. ~ Peter Kreeft.
The best answer to the problem of evil is not one so much found on paper but on wood. ~ Peter Kreeft.
Moral relativism has a reputation for being compassionate, caring and humane, but it is an extremely useful philosophy for tyrants. ~ Peter Kreeft.
So these were the 62 top Peter Kreeft quotes and sayings.