Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College and author of spirituality, theology, and philosophy titles, has written Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other? (Ignatius Press), a primer on Protestants and Catholics finding new conversations with one another.

“The inherent importance of the topic transcends dates and anniversaries. The contradictions within Christ’s body are not tolerable to anyone who reads the New Testament,” he says. “A church that claims authority of Christ when she speaks cannot speak with a forked tongue.”

The author’s work provides readers with 34 different areas of possible and past contention between Catholics and Protestants. As readers from both camps take the time to work carefully through Kreeft’s text, they will happily discover some areas of previous concern erased as the author bridges fresh insights and understanding between them. Kreeft says that his primary message is to listen.

“Listen above all to Christ, and secondly to each other. Absolutely no compromises on either truth or love. Listen and learn. God gave us two ears and one mouth, but we produce 100 good talkers for every good listener. If we do that, above all if we listen with both heart and mind to Christ, we will come together, because we know that is His will. When we put our whole hearts and minds not onto ourselves and our agendas but onto His, when we look to the baton of our common Conductor, we will start playing in harmony in His orchestra.”

—Michele Howe