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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal contribution, but postmodernists will detest it
This is an enormously important contribution to the history of ideas. Unfortunately it runs in the opposite direction from most post-modern thought, so many of today's 'alternative' thinkers who would be Schaeffer's natural audience are likely to disregard it.
Schaeffer's basic thesis is that there is a flow to history and culture, and that this is rooted in the way...
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2.0 out of 5 stars If only reality were so simple...
I was drawn to Francis Schaeffer because of his reputation as a "scholarly" apologist, and I came away from this book impressed with the scope of his knowledge. Unfortunately, Mr. Schaeffer's considerable erudition is misused, and the book is essentially a series of bald assertions, questionable generalizations, and gross oversimplifications. (His caricature...
Published on 18 Nov 1998


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5.0 out of 5 stars The Intellectual Foundation of the Modern Christian Right, 3 Oct 1998
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If you want to understand the terms of the culture war, and why so many people are dedicated to restoring Christian values in our society, read this book. Schaeffer explains his world view in terms of a divinely inspired Bible, it's truths, and why they are true. There's more, too. Even for the skeptic, this book provides an excellent background (used as supporting evidence) in Western culture, arts, philosophy, music, and architecture from the Roman Empire days until present. Schaeffer, in his 40 years of study and skepicism himself found the truth of the Bible and God's revelation alive in just about all mankind does. An excellent book. An excellent reference. Schaeffer is in the same league as C.S. Lewis and "Mere Christianity".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every college student should read! Best book of the century, 16 Oct 1998
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The world finally makes sense! Where we've been, where we are going, the consequences of our choices. The owner's manual for the world around us. Schaeffer does in one book what college and grad school could not do in 8 years. Schaeffer looks at different world views and leads you to there logical conclusions, through art, science philosophy and religion. A must read for any thinking human.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful if you need the intellectual angle., 9 Feb 1999
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How Then Shall We Live: was very well written. I read this book years ago before the death of the author. God has used it in my life to help educate me and to answer many questions asked of me over the years as I have witnessed for Christ. It is a great book but certainly not scripture,and maybe too heady. If you think that you can intellectually debate someone into the Kingdom of God, think again it is all about love, sharing, commitment. Tell them about their need, forgiveness, God's grace, and the Cross.
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2.0 out of 5 stars If only reality were so simple..., 18 Nov 1998
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I was drawn to Francis Schaeffer because of his reputation as a "scholarly" apologist, and I came away from this book impressed with the scope of his knowledge. Unfortunately, Mr. Schaeffer's considerable erudition is misused, and the book is essentially a series of bald assertions, questionable generalizations, and gross oversimplifications. (His caricature of Aldous Huxley borders on the slanderous.) Mr. Shaeffer is not analyzing history; he is filtering it to find support for his predetermined conclusions. Sympathetic readers might find his arguments compelling; I found them appallingly specious.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A VERY poor defense of Christianity, 23 Dec 1998
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There is no doubt that Francis Schaeffer knows a great deal about world history and at least something about philosophy. Nonetheless, the claims he makes concerning the decline of western culture can only be described as absurd. For example, he actually expects us to believe that worship of less than infinite gods was responisble for the fall of Greece and Rome! What nonsense! There is absolutely no historical support for such a claim.
Moerover, it is worth noting that Schaeffer's only defense of Christianity involves spelling out what he thinks to be the negative consequences of non-belief. This completely misses the point, because what any honest believer is interested in is whether Christianity is true, not whether the pragmatic consequences of believing are positive.
There are many excellent books on Christianity out there. This definitely isn't one of them.--Greg Klebanoff, Ph.D. Philosophy
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1.0 out of 5 stars Intellectual Foundation of the Modern Christian Right, 20 Mar 1999
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The reader from Texas has this absolutely correct.
One cannot understand current Conservative defense of privilege, property, and patriarchy without reference to this author.
This guy rivals Joseph Cambell with an all-inclusive unified vision of culture where everything has meaning: (Before the Calvinist Reformation = Bad; Calvinist Reformation = Good; After the Calvinist Reformation = Bad; 20th Century = Excremental, particularly art, music, literature, film, political thought, sexual expression, etc. etc...)
To see where this slippery slope leads, one need only check in with Francis Schaeffer's son, Frank Schaeffer, who edits a journal called "The Christian Activist" which openly advocates Orthodox Theocracy - sort of a Christian Taliban.
It appears Frank Schaeffer has honestly examined the logical conclusions of his father's presuppositions...
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