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The God Who Is There by Francis A. Schaeffer

The God Who Is There (1968)

by Francis A. Schaeffer

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Like a splash of cold water on the face, challenging and so refreshing. Links the lived world with the Bible so that one can be pietist no more. Art, pop culture, philosophy, history -- Schaeffer was a bridge man to show how theology has an alternative and full account of the world. --Found in a small Christian bookshop in Nuku'alofa Tonga Jan 1984, enriched a vacation fabulously. ( )
  ted_newell | Jun 20, 2015 |
  leandrod | Feb 10, 2015 |
An excellent, if dated, analysis of the challenge of modern thinking to historic Christianity and the best way forward.

The author perceives in the Hegelian rejection of thesis/antithesis for thesis/antithesis/synthesis to be the big moment of change leading to entirely different worldviews between modernism and historic Christian thought. The author then traces how this has impacted modern society in its writing, art, music, and theology. He proceeds to show how the viewpoint is ultimately philosophically bankrupt and can never be internally consistent. He maps a way forward for historic Christianity to speak to modern society and restore people to God from their fallen state.

The book was written in the explosive year of 1968 but its message remains relevant. The author is Evangelical and those perspectives come out often but do not detract from his main thesis. For those who struggle to understand the challenges of communicating a Christian-based perspective in the modern world, this is a great resource to consider. ( )
1 vote deusvitae | Jun 3, 2010 |
I first read this as a Christian at Truman. By the second time I read it I was having some serious doubts and I wanted to see if this book would help. It didn't.
  personman | Nov 18, 2009 |
Schaeffer teaches the theology of a Reasonable God and believes that Christianity is reasonable. Most of us in the throes of youthful idealism can hold onto that idea that a True Religion would also be "reasonable". Schaeffer develops the law of non-contradiction ("A statement cannot be both true and false in the same way at the same time.")

As an apex historian, Schaeffer discusses the gradual decline of belief in Reason in the areas of philosophy, art and music, as well as in the general culture and in theology. By the 2d half of the 19th century, we began to lose a belief in "mutually exclusive truths"; we now live with contradictions.

With Index. But...there is no god...there. ( )
  keylawk | Apr 1, 2008 |
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In 2006, voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals!

For over thirty years has been the landmark book that changed the way the church sees the world. In Francis Schaeffer's remarkable analysis, we learn where the clashing ideas about God, science, history and art came from and where they are going.

Now this completely retypeset edition includes a new introduction by James W. Sire that places Schaeffer's seminal work in the context of the intellectual turbulence of the early twenty-first century. More than ever, demonstrates how historic Christianity can fearlessly confront the competing philosophies of the world.

The God who has always been there continues to provide the anchor of truth and the power of love to meet the world's deepest problems.

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