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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 August 1997
John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley all died on November 22, 1963. What if they all met after death, somewhere between heaven and hell? That's the premise of this engaging and intriguing book by philosophy professor Peter Kreeft.

Written in the form of a Socratic dialogue, Kreeft's book casts Lewis as a Christian theist, Kennedy as a modern humanist and Huxley as an Eastern pantheist. The three interact and challenge one another's worldviews, examining and testing each other's beliefs to see what is true about life after death and the meaning of life.

This book is ideal to read with a few other friends, be they believers, skeptics or seekers. It will provide lively discussion and ample food for thought.
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on 23 June 2012
This is a brilliant book. It's a fascinating concept and very well written. The three men are portrayed very accurately, especially C.S.Lewis. In fact C.S.Lewis is written so well that the author was once asked if he had known him personally which he had not. He captures the tone and content of his work perfectly.

It's very easy to read and laid out slightly like a script but without stage directions. I enjoyed this book so much I finished it in one sitting. Very tricky concepts and awkward questions are tackled beautifully with sophisticated and well thought out answers delivered in a conversational tone.

The only problem is that it becomes a bit of a showcase for the work of C.S.Lewis. I very much enjoy his work so I was not too bothered but the title of the book is slightly misleading as it's a very one-sided dialog. JFK mostly serves just to ask questions of C.S.Lewis and Aldous Huxely keeps offering alternative answers to him. Huxely does offer some interest in the contribution of ideas from some "eastern religions" but the two other men simply exist for C.S.Lewis to bounce ideas off.

A very good read full of challenging philosophical debate. Challenging for Christians and non-Christians alike though written by a Christian with an obvious focus on Christianity.
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on 6 April 1998
I enjoyed reading this discussion between Huxley, Lewis, and Kennedy, but without any chapter breaks this was a long and ofttimes tedious reading experience. Kreeft should have broken this book into smaller sections to make it a little more reader friendly. Nevertheless, it is a valuable dialogue that highlights the various philosophical positions of theist, materialist, and pantheist well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 1999
Kreeft is quite good at this ancient art of the socartic dialog!
Lewis takes the role of the classic Christian, Huxley the classic pantheist (fancy word for what we now call "newage"), and Kennedy the classic humanist.
Interesting side note: Lewis died peacefully in his sleep. Huxley died while on LSD. Kennedy was shot by a political enemy.
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on 5 September 1998
This is a wonderful book, especially for someone who may not know Christ, as Peter Kreeft paints a very accurate picture of each man in the book. It is one of those books you cannot put down once you pick it up!! I would encourage anyone who can get their hands on it to read it. Very worthwhile!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 1999
Not one of Kreeft's better efforts, this imaginary dialog between JFK, Aldous Huxley, and C.S. Lewis fell short of my expectations. The book is all Lewis - Kennedy doesn't offer much substance and Huxley is hardly here at all.
I'm a big fan of Lewis and suggest that simplify things and just read his work.
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