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Overview Francis Schaeffer puts Evangelicalism into focus here in THE GREAT EVANGELICAL DISASTER. Is it doomed or does some reconstruction have to be done in the name of Christianity. He says we must remove the "last barrier against the breakdown of our culture." He expects social chaos and the rise of authoritarianism in some form to restore social order. Can it be done with a loving confrontation?
Have Christians compromised their stand on truth and morality until there is almost nothing they will speak out against? Has the evangelical church itself sold out to the world?
A provocative and challenging book--but one that is tempered by Dr. Schaeffer's deep commitment to Christ and love for the church.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.49" Weight: 0.68 lbs.
Release Date Mar 19, 1984
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 0891073086 ISBN13 9780891073086
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More About Francis A. Schaeffer
Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.
Udo W. Middelmann is president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. He is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and a longtime worker at Swiss L'Abri. Udo and Debbie Middelmann have five children and three grandchildren.
Lane T. Dennis is president and publisher of Crossway Books and Good News Tracts. Dr. Dennis earned his BS in business from Northern Illinois University, an MDiv from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a PhD in religion from Northwestern University. Before joining Good News Publishers in 1974, he served as a pastor in campus ministry at the University of Michigan (Sault Ste. Marie) and as the Managing Director of Verlag Grosse Freude in Switzerland. He is the author and/or editor of three books, including the Gold Medallion-award-winning book Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, and he is the former Chairman of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dr. Dennis serves as the Chairman of the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible Translation Oversight Committee and as the Executive Editor of the ESV Study Bible. Lane and his wife, Ebeth, live in Wheaton, Illinois.
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Holiness and Love Jun 2, 2006
As has been mentioned The Great Evangelical Disaster was Francis Schaeffer's last book before his death. Though, the book is now over two decades old Schaeffer's thoughts are just as relevant today as they were in 1984.
Schaeffer rightly identifies biblical inerrancy as a 'watershed' issue for Evangelical christians. This is where the rubber meets the road. Unfortunately, today those who call themselves Evangelical often are not strong on or even deny inerrancy. Schaffer argues that those who hold to the inerrancy of scripture and those who don't ultimately end up with much different worldviews. He further points out that accomidation in this area leads to the same problems as an outright denial of inerrancy.
Schaeffer also argues that this is an issue which must ultimatley lead to some confrontation within the visible church or we deny the Holiness of God. But, he also correctly points out that this must been done in Love. The task of the church is to simultaneously practice the Holiness of God and the Love of God. If we only practice the Holiness we end up hard and unloving. If we only practice Love we will accomidate on any issue and in the end to not in fact practice the Love of God but a distorted concept of Love. Also, we cannot keep this balance in our own power but we must rely on the Holy Spirit.
This book is well worth the read. It is a challenge for us to stand for Truth in a world that denies truth and a reminder that we must stand in love with tears in our eyes- not in arrogant pride.
Finally, this printing also has as an appendix Schaeffer's earlier booklet The Mark of the Christian, which is also an excellent book...something every Christian should read.
Evangelical Accommodation Aug 28, 2004
Famous 20th Century theologian, Francis A. Schaeffer's last book before his death in 1984 is an examination of the accommodation of humanistic/secular ideas in the 'visible Church' which started with teh higher critical methods in the late 1800's, gained ground n the 1920's and 30's and led to a fruition in Western culture in 1960's and on.
There are many points in this book that are worthy for all Christians to heed. The book is very critical of liberal Chrsitian theology, but acknowledges where consrevative Chrsitians lost ground and the impending result of such mistakes by Evangelicals.
Schaeffer correctly points out the creeping compromise of relativism in the Christian community and shows this most profoundly in the idea of divorce. He writes about the consrevative schoalers of the 20's who produced the 'fundamentals', the social gospel, and the threat of secular/humanism and its devaluing of the sanicty of human life.
He offers words of wisdom as wellthat Chrsitian must remember and strive for, to uphold the 'purity of the visble church' but no matter what we must also, 'show forth the love of God'. There are so many good points here that asmall review cannot do this book justice. Then why the for stars, well, Schaeffer fails to see that part of the problem is that he, although he might not agree, holds to the Barthian notion of a visble Church, but in Protestantism, there is no visble Church. There are visble Christians, and the distinction is important because it often is the diffrence in the nethodology proposed. Otherwise an improtant work.
Modern Day Wake up Call Aug 7, 2003
This was an excellent book showing the decline of the modern day church. Schaeffer shows that the church has lost its will to discern right from wrong. He does a terrific job critiquing what he calls the watershed of the Evangelical Faith. That is, the inerrancy of the Scriptures. Too many people are accepting people who call themselves "Evangelicals", but they are really are nothing but rank liberals.
This is a short pithy work, but it shows the sadness of the times we are in. I love the short history that Schaeffer gives. Since he was a Presbyterian, I love him talking about J. Gresham Machen (a brilliant defender of Orthodoxy). I also love him talking about how "Fundamentalism" got started. Most people see "Fundamentalism" as being anti-intellectual. But, historially speaking, "Fundamentalism" was actually an intellectual defense of Christian orthodoxy (it all started by a group of Christian scholars getting together defending historic Christian doctrine in book form, of which Machen was one of them).
This was a tremendous book for someone wanting to study how the Bible has been affected by liberalism and neo-orthodoxy. If it would have been a little more thorough, I would have rated it five stars.
Don't Wait. Read This Now Jul 9, 2002
I have had this book on my shelf since 1985 (sorry this site.com, but it was before you were around) and was fearful of picking it up. The title, along with Franky Schaeffer's book Addicted to Mediocrity, and Franky's eventual abandonment of evangelical brand of Christianity for Eastern Orthodox, led me to believe that this might be a screed against evangelicalism. How silly was my fear. This book is a treasure!
Humbly written, full of love, strong in conviction, Dr. Schaeffer sounds a warning to all Bible-believing evangelicals of a form of theology that has, in many people's opinion, infected and killed the mainline denominations in the beginning of the 20th century. His is a warning against the Modernist (or Neo-orthodox) theology that questions Scriptural authority in matters of history and science (the cosmos).
This book is not meant as a proof text against liberal theology. It is directed at those who already believe in the infallibility of the Bible, but who are sleeping while Neo-orthodoxy spreads like a virus through out evangelical institutions. It is a call to action on behalf of those who care about the purity of the Church.
It is much more than a typical Fundamentalist call to arms though. Schaeffer places equal importance on the value of LIVING like we believe the Bible is infallible. He states with great humility, that evangelical accommodation to the spirit of our age is to blame for the negligible cultural impact we have had. This accommodation has harmed the Bible's authority every bit as much as Neo-orthodoxy. His is a call to be as ready to LIVE the Bible (with humility, prayer, and love) as well as DEFEND the Bible.
But the best part about the book is the concluding chapter called The Mark of a Christian. It is a reprint of an earlier booklet that Schaeffer wrote and could not be better placed. If the challenge herein does not cause you to re-think how you love your fellow Christian, or how unified (or un-unified) we as Christians are, then you need to check your pulse to see if there is a heartbeat. It is a must-read for all who care about these things.
If you are a liberal theologian, this is probably not your cup of tea. Nothing in here will change your mind. It is not "evidence" for a conservative theology. It merely describes the consequences of such a liberal mind set. This is a message from the General to his troops.
Don't wait 17 years to read this. Read it now.
Modern-day prophet's last warning Apr 17, 2002
Schaeffer was as a voice crying out in the wilderness. In recent years the evangelical movement has incessantly turned to compromise after compromise. Schaeffer saw it coming, and said so very eloquently in this book. It is a must-read for anyone who has enough objectivity to look at how modern evangelicalism has failed.