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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; First Edition edition (February 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891073086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891073086
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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.

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He was one of the few to see that modern evangelicalism was quickly drifting from its biblical moorings.
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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.
Rondall Reynoso
One of the best aspects of this text is his insightful understanding of the foundational thoughts that influence society.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Mark Sharp on July 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
I have had this book on my shelf since 1985 (sorry Amazon.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.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By P.R. Heier on June 24, 2000
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Francis Schaeffer's predictions are coming true today! Schaeffer was an extraordinary apologist and evangelist. His ministry was rooted and grounded in the basic tenet that the Bible IS the Word of God. It is inspired and sufficient. He was one of the few to see that modern evangelicalism was quickly drifting from its biblical moorings. This volume points out numerous ways in which the church started to drift even during Schaeffer's lifetime. New authors such as David Wells are attesting to the validity of Schaeffer's well written prophecy. If you're interested in evangelicalism or the debate concerning the inerrancy and authority of the Bible then you will love this volume. This was the forerunner of all modern discussions concerning the church's constant need to be anchored in God's inspired Book--the Bible.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By D.P. on August 7, 2003
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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.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rondall Reynoso on June 2, 2006
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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.
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