Item description for A Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume by Francis A. Schaeffer, Lane T. Dennis & J. I. Packer...
Overview Considered foundational to his entire life's work, this text was revised shortly before the renowned theologian's death.
Few Christians have had a greater impact during the last half of the twentieth century than Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer. A man with a remarkable breadth of cultural interest, with penetrating insight into modern life, and with a clear sense of spiritual reality, Schaeffer was also a man who cared deeply about people and their search for truth and reality in their lives.
With the publication of this Trilogy, Dr. Schaeffer's three foundational books are available for the first time in one volume. Schaeffer himself considered these three books to be essential to everything he wrote (twenty-three books in all), and it is here especially that we see his ability to understand the deep need of modern man for truth, beauty, and meaning in life.
In the first book, The God Who Is There, Schaeffer shows how modern thought has abandoned the idea of truth with tragic consequences in every area of culture-from philosophy, to art, to music, to theology, and within culture as a whole.
Escape from Reason, the second book, explains especially how the disintegration of modern life and culture grows from corrupted roots that reach far into the past.
In the last book, He Is There and He Is Not Silent, 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. In addition to the convenience of having Schaeffer's three foundational books in one volume, the Trilogy is especially valuable in that it uses the text revised and updated by Schaeffer shortly before his death.
Why was Schaeffer able to understand and communicate so effectively to a generation? The best way to know is to find out firsthand, by reading his essential works as found in this Trilogy. Few who begin this journey will come to the end without having their life profoundly changed.
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More About Francis A. Schaeffer, Lane T. Dennis & J. I. Packer
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Francis A Schaeffer Trilogy?
Plato to Camus.... Jul 19, 2006
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.
Very Interesting Mar 13, 2006
This is a very good book. However, you really need to pay full attention (no distractions) when reading it (very analytical). He appraoches God and the Trinity from a logical and philosophical standpoint. So if you are struggling with your beliefs becasue you are a logical thinker opposed to a believe through faith - this is the book for you.
An apology for apologetics. Sep 17, 2004
Schaeffer brings the mind of a scholar and the priorities of a Christian together in each of these three books. While certain portions, especially in The God Who Is There, may seem obtuse to those unfamiliar with classical philosophy, his analysis from a decidedly Christian perspective is much appreciated. In the first book within this trilogy, Schaeffer spends a good bit of time discussing what he calls the "Line of Despair" between Christian and modern, non-Christian thinking, art and music. I found this a bit arbitrary and inaccurate. Christians of today are very guilty of sweeping generalizations about what is Christian and what is not - often times doing so on the basis of a very poor and very ambiguous understanding of the reality of the supposedly Christian past we should go back to. That having been said, I also found much to resonate with in Schaeffer's writing - in particular his discussion on the role and technique behind apologetics. He makes a powerful point about Christian apologetics that needs to be reinforced in the mind of many - mine included: that ultimately it is not our ability to rationalize or argue our faith but our ability to exhibit our own changed life, changed spirit and changed perspective. That is the point of apologetics, not winning an argument.
A Great Modern Christian Mind Dec 29, 2003
Francis Schaeffer is an outstanding Christian philosopher, a description he would insist is incorrect (He simply calls himself an evangelist). Tracing the evolution of western non-Christian thought, Schaeffer explores the spiritual shortcomings of philosophical efforts to explain humanity without a real "space-time" (human, historical) Christ. This volume gathers his earlier works written in the late sixties and early seventies. His writing is brilliant, razor sharp, and touchingly human. He never forgets the starting points of Christianity are truth and love. The writing is heavy but so relevant it can't be overlooked.
This book changed my way of thinking! Jun 9, 2003
A lot of other evangelical books would have us believe that simply by reciting John 3:16, we will be met with success when trying to witness to nonbelievers. This simply does not work most of the time.
Francis Schaeffer systematically proves the existence of God and Christ. He also dissects the major philosopical and religious schools of thinking and explains their faults when faced with reality. This is not intended to be a philosophy book, however I would question the intellectual relevance of anybody who would say Francis Schaeffer is a not brilliantly educated in the matters of worldly philosophy. Try reading "How Should We Then Live", "True Spirituality", or "Genesis In Space and Time" for further Schaeffer reading. An excellent book for the neophyte Christian, or for an adolescent is "How to be a Selfish Pig", also by F.A. Schaeffer.