dispatches to and from

nathan f. elmore

Dispatches to and from faith, culture, and things in between

A Kreeftian Muse in the Time of Egypt

Peter Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College, where he has taught since 1965. In his book Between Allah & Jesus, Kreeft presents a series of fictional dialogues between a pious Muslim and various types of Christians. In the moment of Egypt's burning and her would-be revolt and reform -- notwithstanding all the attending questions, conversations and speculations of what is to come -- I've found myself recalling three distinct lines offered up by one of the characters in Kreeft's book. And here they are for your spiritual and political muse, and in a sort of progression based on a pecking order of assumptions.

1. "Only the free can freely choose to love."

2. "Love is the whole reason for maximizing freedom."

3. "Love is the highest moral value because it's the nature of God."