Between Heaven and Hell (novel)

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Between Heaven and Hell
Author Peter Kreeft
Country United States
Language English
Genre Christian novel
Publisher InterVarsity Press (US)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 115 pp
ISBN 0-87784-389-9
OCLC 8476739
201 19
LC Class PS3561.R3817 B4 1982

Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, & Aldous Huxley is a novel by Peter Kreeft about U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and authors C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World) meeting in Purgatory and engaging in a philosophical discussion on faith. It was inspired by the fact that all three men died on the same day: November 22, 1963. We see from the three points of view: Kennedy's "modern Christian" view, Lewis's "conservative Christian" or "mere Christian" view, and Huxley's "Orientalized Christian" view. The book progresses as Lewis and Kennedy discuss Jesus' being God incarnate, to Lewis and Huxley discussing whether or not Jesus was a deity or "just a good person."

An expanded edition was published by InterVarsity Press on May 16, 2008.

The Great Conversation[edit]

The Great Conversation is a concept partially born out of Kreeft's novel. For the most part, it is an idea put forth by various Catholic apologists like Kreeft that all people in purgatory will naturally converse with each other to ascertain where they are and how they got there. According to Kreeft the best way to think of it is as a large social gathering in which, almost invariably, every participant has exactly the same questions on his or her mind.[1]


  1. ^ Peter Kreeft, Between Heaven and Hell (Downers Grove,IL: InterVarsity Press, 1982), 7.