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Escape from Reason by Francis Schaeffer

Escape from Reason (original 1968; edition 1971)

by Francis Schaeffer (Author)

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Truth used to be based on reason. No more. What we feel is now the truest source of reality. Despite our obsession with the emotive and the experiential, we still face anxiety, despair, and purposelessness.How did we get here? And where do we find a remedy?In this modern classic, Francis A. Schaeffer traces trends in twentieth-century thought and unpacks how key ideas have shaped our society. Wide-ranging in his analysis, Schaeffer examines philosophy, science, art and popular culture to identify dualism, fragmentation and the decline of reason.Schaeffer's work takes on a newfound relevance today in his prescient anticipation of the contemporary postmodern ethos. His critique demonstrates Christianity's promise for a new century, one in as much need as ever of purpose and hope.… (more)
Title:Escape from Reason
Authors:Francis Schaeffer (Author)
Info:IVP (1971), Edition: 5th American Printing, November 1971
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Escape From Reason: A Penetrating Analysis Of Trends In Modern Thought by Francis A. Schaeffer (1968)



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People tend to love this book or hate it. There are fans of every philosophy, and many fans not only cheer for their team, they boo the other teams. Instead of being for or against, I hope the reader sees this as a tour through some powerful ideas that have been important to Western cultural development. Any understanding we gain from this book improves our perspective. If nothing else, perspective is what this book is all about.

I read this while taking a college course in Psychology, but it was not assigned reading. I found it while looking for something else. I had already read some Marx, Kierkegaard, Hegel, Plato, and other Western philosophy.

When I loan this out, it does not come back to me. I might get it again someday.

Read the book, not the reviews, and make up your own mind.
  Ponygroom | Dec 17, 2016 |
This book has been described as "a penetrating analysis of trends in modern thought", and it certainly is!

Written in 1968 by Francis Schaeffer, this is a deep and fascinating look at how the concept of reason has changed over the centuries, to the point where people not only think differently, but claim that truth cannot be known, there are no absolutes.

It took me several days to work though the ideas inside this small book, but it was worth it, and gave me much to meditate upon.

I think I'll reread it, soon, too. ( )
1 vote fuzzi | Feb 2, 2015 |
(See my comments on Schaeffer's _How Should We Then Live?_. ( )
  iceT | May 18, 2009 |
Schaeffer takes the late Renaissance/ early Reformation period of the 15th and 16th century in Europe as a watershed of human history. The Renaissance emphasized human reason and the achievements of man. The Reformation emphasized the "will of God" and the authority of Scripture. ( )
  keylawk | Apr 1, 2008 |
Schaffer does a nice job of tracing thinking (reasoning) from the time of Aquinas to the start of post-modernism. When Aquinas incorrectly interpreted the fall of man, he set in motion a chain of reasoning that finds its logical conclusion in post-modernism, wherein there is no God, there is no truth, there are no morals, and man has no value. This is not my favorite subject and the reading is deep, but I still enjoyed this short book. ( )
  james.garriss | Jul 21, 2007 |
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Chapter 1: Nature and grace -- Aquinas and the autonomous -- painters and writers -- nature versus grace -- Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael; Chapter 2: A unity of nature and grace -- The Reformation and man -- more about man -- Reformation, Renaissance and morals -- the whole man; Chapter 3: Early modern science -- Kant and Rousseau -- modern modern science -- modern modern morality -- Hegel -- Kierkegaard and the Line of Despair; Chapter 4: The leap -- secular existentialism -- religious existentialism -- the New Theology -- upper storey experiences -- linguistic analysis and the leap; Chapter 5: Arts as the upper storey leap -- poetry: the later Heidegger -- art: Andre Malraux -- Picasso -- Bernstein -- pornography -- the Theatre of the Absurd; Chapter 6: Madness -- the 'usptairs' in film and television -- upper storey mysiticism -- Jesus the undefined banner; Chapter 7: Rationality and fatih -- the Bible can stand on its own -- beginning from myself and yet... -- the source of knowledge we need -- the 'leap in the dark' mentality -- the unchanging in a changing world.
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