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  • Publisher: eChristian; 30 Una Anv edition (Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596442700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596442702
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.9 x 15.2 cm
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Troughton on 25 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
Why am I personal? Why do I have an innate sense of right and wrong? Why is love so important? How do I know I know and why do I know I know? Schaeffer gives good and sufficient answers to these basic questions from a biblical Christian perspective. Good and sufficient reasons for rejecting a non-personal, time plus chance beginning to existence and for believing there is a knowable God who is there.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Morris on 28 April 2010
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Either we are the result of blind random forces or created by an intelligent being. Francis Schaeffer wrote one of the most compelling arguments in defense of the idea that we are created. And years before Richard Dawkins asked, "Who Made God" he answered the question.
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By Steph Ward on 22 Aug 2014
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I have had a copy of the first edition since it was first published. It is a short book that I return to again and again to remind myself of the ground of my faith. I need say no more. A true classic. I spent time at L'Abri in 1971 when Schaeffer was expound his ideas which went into this book. Also at the time Os Guiness was sharing his thoughts on what became the "Dust of Death" a book for the times
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By K E H on 20 Oct 2013
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a must for students of His word and a good guide for those needing confirmation of how Great our GOD is
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Time to Think 5 May 2006
By Gord Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To my mind there are a lot of alienated, thinking Protestants (not that they would use the "P" word)-- far outside of or on the fringes of the institutional church (whatever that is) who nevertheless have active minds, open hearts and hungry souls. Once there was a retreat area in the Swiss alps called L'Abri or "The Shelter" run by Francis and Edith Schaeffer that these seekers would be drawn to. Outside of that hands-on culture Schaeffer's books seem somewhat out of context. InterVarsity Press, which published most of them, once displayed them in its own rotating in-store rack, but now they are lost on the shelves (if they're in stores at all) amid much more viscerally-aimed, issues-oriented books about the crisis of the week or the conspiracy of the month. Not much for the thoughtful reader.

(Re)enter Francis Schaeffer, probably the author that seeking readers would like to seek out. Should they do so, however, one immediately finds two dozen or so books, with no idea where to start or how they're supposed to go together. Reading the many negative reviews, it seems that this book is especially misunderstood. But to my mind it remains one of his best.

This is the third book of a trilogy which begins in a non-obvious way with a tiny but densely written book called Escape From Reason. That book briefly traces the history of the split between nature and grace, lamenting it and, as many have pointed out, wrongly attributing it to St. Thomas Aquinas, who also lamented it. The second volume is a larger book called The God Who is There, which can be read on its own and which many readers have found quite engrossing.

This third book, which also stands on its own, is a very brief examination of epistemology (how we know and how we know we know). I took a philosophy class once which studied the exact same questions and I used to bring up Schaeffer's points in class. The instructor thought those were valid and interesting arguments, and I would suggest that the reviewers who don't like this book either have no taste for philosophy or don't like Schaeffer's style, or both.

Either impersonal forces created us as personal beings, or a personal creator did so. The other choice, that we are somehow impersonal beings resulting from one of the above options makes no sense but has nevertheless been argued by behaviorist B.F. Skinner in Beyond Freedom and Dignity and elsewhere. Schaeffer helps us see that there are really very few answers to this dilemma, and like Pascal, we must wager on one or the other. This book could be titled "Think Along with Schaeffer". For those who'd rather read the results of his thinking, they are laid out more simply in one of his best books, True Sprituality.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Now I'm a believer 14 May 2008
By Jordan M. Poss - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After years of hearing about Francis Schaeffer's work, I finally picked up How Should We Then Live? last winter. I was not impressed, though I could see a sharp and brilliant mind at work in the book. My friends still insisted that Schaeffer was worth reading, and so shortly thereafter I read A Christian Manifesto, which I liked more, though still with misgivings. He is There and He is Not Silent, however, made me a believer in Schaeffer's work.

In less than 100 pages, Schaeffer distills the essences of the major modern philosophical movements into their most basic parts in the areas of metaphysics, morality, and epistemology--the three critical factors that shape what a person believes and how they will act. He then describes the logical ends of the competing views--such as the utter hopelessness of knowledge stemming from existentialism or the whirling, self-defeating frenzy of what he calls "linguistic analysis." All of the systems Schaeffer examines fall apart on some point, or lead to despair or cynicism.

The reason, Schaeffer points out, is all these systems exist to fill a void that is only completely and adequately filled by Christianity. Each exists not beside Christianity, but against it. Schaeffer shows the necessity of belief in a God who is not only there--existing--but not silent--he not only created the world but is constantly involved with it.

This book reads like all the best parts of How Should We Then Live? without the baggage of misrepresentation and oversimplification that plagued the other book (though he does take a more benign dig at Dante and Thomas Aquinas at one point). While there is, admittedly, a certain amount of simplification required of an 80-page book that treats modern philosophy's problems, the broad-strokes structure of the book is in no way a liability. He is There and He is Not Silent is an apologetic masterpiece. This is one book which I'll read again.

Highly recommended.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Coming In Loud And Clear 24 Dec 2006
By Jeremy K. Meeks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'll admit it, I've had this book for almost a year and haven't been able to finish it. The fact it's only 100 pages doesn't help my cause, but in my defense I've tried to finish it a time or two...and I've been really busy. There is no doubt about it, if you aren't used to deep philosophical thinking while reading this book will put you to the test, but it's totally worth it.

This book is a Christian classic, and it deserves every bit of the distinction. Schaeffer is a master of getting to the root of the problem and illuminating the solution so clearly that when he comes to his God-ward logical conclusions you are left dumbfounded. The amazement doesn't come because his answers to some of the toughest problems in life are so blatantly scandalous, but due to the fact they are so simple you are left wondering why you didn't get to the same deductions he did on your own. There is one simple truth that applies to all of Schaeffer's writings, by the time you are done reading, you will understand the problems and their solutions.

In this brief, but weighty book the founder of L'Abri fellowship tackles the utter necessity of Gods existence. His argument for this inevitability is the problem of epistemology, the study of how we know and how we know we know.

Schaeffer points out, with great (albeit sometimes longwinded and repetitive) accuracy that without God there is no foundation for anything. He starts this process by pointing out that "no man can live without a worldview; therefore there is no man who is not a philosopher." He then shows that today's postmodern thought that says objective truth doesn't exist leaves us only with chaos. He states "Sometimes people try to bring a little bit of order; but as soon as you bring in a little bit of order, the first class of answer - that everything is meaningless, everything is irrational - is no longer self consistent, and falls to the ground." There must be meaning, but where do we find it?

The author's conclusion is that only Christianity provides the answer to the epistemological necessity of every human being. "If modern science could be born on the basis of there being a reasonable God, which makes it possible to find out the order by reason, should we be taken by surprise that the knower who is to know and the object which is to be known should have correlation? It is exactly what we should expect. Because we have a reasonable God who made them in the first place there is a reasonable correlation between the subject and the object."

This book is not easy, but with much patience...and perseverance comes great reward. If you have never even heard of presuppositional apologetics this is a good book to get an idea of how such an apologetic works.

Favorite quotes: "All men constantly and consistently act as though Christianity were true."

"Every man is created in the image of God; therefore, no man in his imagination is confined to his own body."

"The only answer in the area of morals, as true morals, including the problem of social evil, turns upon the fact of God's being there."
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
A Christian Classic! 16 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Schaeffer contrasts the silence and despair of modern life with the Christian answer that God can indeed be known because He is there and He is not silent. I believe that this book will profoundly change your life. Schaeffer urges you to know what you believe and why. You will be forced to think things through, which is a good thing.
25 of 33 people found the following review helpful
A well-intentioned but often inscrutable treatise 7 Jan 2002
By J. SHARP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Schaeffer was a sincere, devout, extremely intelligent, and supremely compassionate man. Having a heart that was broken over the nihilism of the 1960s-70s, he tried valiantly to appeal to the reason of the cynics who were privately hopeless. But in this volume his reach sometimes exceeded his grasp. Many of his conclusions are more than valid, but his means of arriving at them are hampered by oversimplification couched in (ironically) complicated technical language and repetition. The last chapter of "He Is There" (which is the true crux of the book and to which all the others serve as laborious prologue) is brilliant. Released by itself as a booklet, it would have been successful. The rest could have been distilled to a preface.

For all that, Schaeffer is still a fascinating man who left a lasting imression on the intellectual seekers of the hippie and anti-establishment culture. He accepted them without judgment but also remained true to his own beliefs. It is important to at least familiarize oneself with this significant Christian mind and heart.
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