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)
TABLE OF CONTENTS 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.