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A Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume [Hardcover]

J. I. Packer , Francis A. Schaeffer , Lane T. Dennis
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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (10 April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891075615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891075615
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What is the relevance of historic Christian faith today? Francis Schaeffer argues that 'Christianity has balance: that biblical exegesis gives intellectual depths, and also, in the area of practical living and beauty, Christianity has a relation to the whole person. Every area of life is touched by truth and a song.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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These books have been the mainstay of my faith for years. In them, Schaeffer provides a radical alternative to rationalistic thinking. It is thanks to these 3 books that I can believe the bible and remain a rational man. Lesslie Newbigin is worth reading on the same subject. A must read.
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Fantastic!! - words fail me as to how good this book is! - particularly helpful for artists or philosophers. Scheaffer writes from the heart and his head. But one thing is key - he never presents merely his own opinion but rather what the Bible says about reality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly great book 24 April 2003
In writing this book, Schaeffer has created a battered,shabby, beat-up, mispelt, gaudy and tatty signpost. Yet it is one of the most incredible, awe-inspiring works ever produced by a human. Not because of what it looks like, or what it is made from but simply because of where it points.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great price for 3 books in one 7 Feb 2014
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An excellent insight into the mind of Francis Schaeffer and a good read for anyone looking into Christian world-view. Totally recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must for the Thinking Christian 7 Feb 2002
By Tobie van der Westhuizen - Published on
Have you ever wondered what existentialism is all about, or what the real difference between absolute and relative truth is? When is theology liberal?, when is it orthodox?, and when is it neo-orthodox? What is it that separates Reformed theology from 'Leap in the Dark' theology? Is Christian faith rational or irrational? How can I know what I believe is true, and how can I know that I know? I am not aware of any book that serves as a better introduction to these and other issues than Francis Schaeffer's Trilogy. And, of course, it paves the way for all his other books. In his own words: 'All the others fit into these as spokes of the wheel fit into the hub.'
Schaeffer remains the leading Christian apologist for the 60s generation, and has done many of us an immense favour by exposing the countercultural, flower-power utopianism of the Woodstock generation for what it was: A non-rational escape leading to nothing but despair. I first read this book as a college student and it impacted me so much that I rushed out to buy his collected works - one of the best investments of my life. If you are serious about understanding your faith, Schaeffer is a must. And if you are serious about understanding Schaeffer, his Trilogy is a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plato to Camus.... 19 July 2006
By nto62 - Published on
Francis Shaeffer's Trilogy is a complex apologetic if it's precisely an apologetic at all. Rather than a patterned defense of the Christian worldview, it offers a philosophical dissection of those worldviews which compete with it. Shaeffer's three essential books could fairly be one in three parts when overlap is eliminated. Thickly worded, a bit repetitive, though often brilliant, Shaeffer time and again trots out for display the contradictions of materialism, pantheism, liberal theism, etc., the denouement of which is the flipside cogency of orthodox Christianity.

Whether the reader agrees is entirely problematic for everyone finds what they wish to find and no single book is likely to change that. But Shaeffer, on a level visited by relatively few, certainly takes a legitimate swing at it. He offers valuable insight, shows extraordinary range, and unerringly pinpoints the chink in the materialist's armor. Shaeffer's trilogy is by no means a light read, but certainly worth the investment. Should you prefer a primer, try Pearcey's "Total Truth". 4+ stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perceptive analysis of modern thought 19 Aug 1996
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Schaeffer deserves to be widely heard. These three books generally focus on the necessary conclusions that must be reached based on much of modern thought. Coining the word 'anti-philosophies', Schaeffer contends that it is impossible to sustain philosophical coherence when a transcendent basis is lost. The effect of modern philosophical trends are traced through music, art, philosophy, and theology, providing a much more well rounded perspective than books of this sort usually do. I read the series twice, taking notes the second time through, as it was the only way I could really absorb the material
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true philosopher--one who can actually think! 23 Aug 1998
By William M. Toohey -- - Published on
I majored in Philosophy, and can honestly say that none of the big names holds a stick to the clarity of thought and pure logic evidenced in these books. The most distinctive feature of the ideas put forth in Schaeffer's writings are their coherence with reason and experience. This is one philosopher who thought with his eyes open, and actually had something useful to say. Ideas you can sink your teeth into and live by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaeffer hits the mark 30 Jan 2000
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If you read Shaeffer in an effort to study philosophy or intellectualism, then you most likely will be somewhat disappointed. Shaeffer whould dare call you naive if you took him for a mere philosopher! His intent has been mistakely interpreted by some.
Shaeffer understood the Truth that is in Jesus Christ, purely and simply. His expertese of philosophy was only to unveil it's error. And in that sense one could call him an antiphilosophist - i.e. In the sense where philosophy leads a man into inner turmoil, unresolved contradictions, and ultimately into utter dispair.
I think Shaeffer does a magnificent job in pointing us to the one true God, and His son Jesus Christ. After all, that was his only real intention. He doesn't aim to "wow" us with complex and unimaginalble schemes. Find fault if you will, but may you one day find fulfillment in learning what is the true wisdom.
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