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What would three Christian titans say about the Eucharist if they got together?

Peter Kreeft imagines how C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and Rev. Billy Graham would debate the True Presence

SAN FRANCISCO — To be a fly on the wall during any discussions about literary greats is a wish for millions of people whose lives have been affected in some way by great authors and evangelists. In Peter Kreeft’s new book, SYMBOL OR SUBSTANCE?: A Dialogue on the Eucharist, he makes a valiant effort to grant that wish for readers.

C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Rev. Billy Graham walk into a room together, relax with tea, and discuss the substance of the Eucharist. That’s the premises Kreeft supposes in SYMBOL OR SUBSTANCE?, a conversation that did not happen but could be imagined through the writings and speeches of the three men.

Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and one of the most respected Christian authors of our time. His bestselling books include How to Be Holy, Practical TheologyBack to VirtueBecause God Is Real, You Can Understand the BibleAngels and DemonsHeaven: The Heart’s Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa. Tackling this important question of the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is a task Kreeft is well-prepared to do.

While Lewis and Tolkien likely discussed the Eucharist during their long friendship, the conversation in this book never took place — but it could have, says Kreeft, who faithfully presents the views of these three impressive men in SYMBOL OR SUBSTANCE? The addition of Graham adds another layer to the conversation that is key to understanding how Protestants view the Eucharist.

“In our contentious cultural climate, reasonable, friendly dialogue on important issues is becoming a lost art,” said Holly Ordway, author of Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms. “Through his characters, Peter Kreeft offers a thoughtful and fair-minded exploration of the differing views on the Eucharist among Anglicans, Catholics and Evangelical Protestants, and, in the process, models how to discuss a difficult topic in a gracious and friendly manner.”


For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Peter Kreeft, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or [email protected]) of Carmel Communications.

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