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How Should We Then Live? (DVD) (1961)

Dr. Francis Shaeffer , -  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Dr. Francis Shaeffer
  • Directors: -
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Vision Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BS70P4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,717 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is Dr. Francis Schaeffer's spectacular series on the rise and decline of Western culture from a Christian perspective. The series presents profound truths in simple language and concludes that man's only hope is a return to God's Biblical absolute -- the Truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures. Each 30-minute episode focuses on a significant era of history while presenting answers to modern problems:

The Roman Age
The Middle Ages
The Renaissance
The Reformation
The Revolutionary Age
The Scientific Age
The Age of Non-reason
The Age of Fragmentation
The Age of Personal Peace & Affluence
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This special edition includes an intimate in-depth interview with Francis and Edith Schaeffer (in two parts) as well as a 10-week study guide in PDF.

About the Actor

Francis A. Schaeffer - an American Evangelical theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor, is most famous for his writings and his establishment of the L'Abri community in Switzerland. Opposed to theological modernism, Shaeffer promoted an orthodox Protestant faith and a pre-suppositional approach to Christian apologetics, which he believed would answer the questions of the age. A number of scholars credit his ideas with helping spark the rise of the Christian Right in the United States. Dr. Schaeffer is also the father of the author Frank Shaeffer.

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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Schaeffer November 15, 2005
This is Francis Schaeffer at his best. Francis gives calm, well-reasoned, and interesting analysis of history. He teaches with the view that history is going somewhere, it isn't just an endless flow of nothingness. And he give a sensible view of why both form and freedom are necessary, and why society needs a stable basis for what it tries to accomplish.

This video contains some drama and acting, but a lot of it is Francis standing a talking, usually to a semi-interesting backdrop (ie. historical sites, etc.).

This video is wonderful as study material and should be mandatory viewing for anyone who wants to understand history, particularly the history of culture from a Christian perspective. The interview with Edith & Francis is also a great treat!

I recommend the purchase of this wonderful resource!
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent interpretation of our relativistic era. March 10, 2006
If you have never read a general book on apologetics or seen a DVD on this subject or perhaps the history of philosophy, How Should we then Live is an excellent start. Schaeffer not only has a deep appreciation of scripture (which is not preachy & sparingly used) but also see the philosophies of the past & realizes how important it is to know that "IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES". Understanding this, Schaeffer creates a systamatic approach toward today's cultural shortcomings by taking the manhy pieces of history, theology & philosophy & weaving this patchwork pieces into a grand blanket of scriptural, historical & social truth of our age.

My favorite part is not very enjoyable but a vivid reminder of the 21st century foibles as seen from the 1st century. Early in the DVD, Schaeffer answers the questions, Why did the Roman Empire persecute the Christians?" Many think it is because they worshipped Christ that they underwent so much punishment in the first 400 years of the church. But schaeffer skillfully shows that it was the treason of the church to buck the trend of the time and worship Christ along with Jupiter, and many other gods. The church was seen as hardheaded & treasonous because everyone was expected to say "Caesar is Lord!!" in public & then allowed to worship any religion they wanted to in private. But the Christians said "Christ is Lord" alone & would not bow to any other god/goddess. Thus they were sent as a threat to the culture of your scratch my politcal-religious back & I'll scratch yours.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perspective November 14, 2005
This is more than just an informative historical overview of history. Schaeffer's knowledge of history, philosophy and theology increases understanding of the past and helps comprehend the present (even though the film dates from the seventies, I think). The thread that ties all of history together, however lies in the central theme that through the person and work of Jesus Christ God has come to rescue sinful men of all generations. The series begins with the Roman Age and progresses through to the twentieth century. The beautiful places he visits and his explanation of works of art are fantastic as well. We see how people in the past have lived according to their faith in spite of hardship, thus we are encouraged consider how to live and confess our faith in this age.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The history of moral decline. December 15, 2007
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I have watched and used this DVD series many times both for myself and to teach classes. This is an amazing and in-depth treatment of: the birth of Christianity, its influence on society, the changing social morality over the centuries to its final irrelevance in our current society.
Schaeffer uses the mediums of Music, Art, Philosphy and even Film to demonstrate with vivid (on location) examples of these changes in the current of societies morality and understanding of Truth.
I can find no flaw in his reasoning nor in his approach to this subject. I would recommend this as of monumental importance to all Christians bent on understanding the changes in morality and to establish a strong base of Apologetics.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Returning to a sure foundation December 11, 2010
After watching this DVD series, I can say one thing: If only this book, rather than Atlas Shrugged, had become the manifesto for the Tea Party. Rather than espousing every man for himself, How Should We Then Live espouses returning to our Biblical foundations. Schaeffer makes many good points: That the culture should be so immersed and absorbed in Christianity that even those who don't believe still feel the effects; and that a society founded upon the ability of man will always fail (he begins with the example of the Roman Empire and moves up through the ages to the present time, but even better might have been the Tower of Babel). Throughout America's history we have ebbed and flowed in regards to being a truly Godly society, but we need to make a decision. Moral decline begets societal collapse.
My Tea Party comment may seem out of place, but my point is this: The Tea Party, though noble, will fail if it focuses only on the goal of financial solvency rather than standing firm on our moral principles.
Please don't take from my review that this DVD and book solely, or even chiefly for that matter, pertains to the United States. It's universal, but I'm speaking out of my own experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must see
great series.. i miss this man.. he has left a legacy that will live on for centuries
Published 25 days ago by pbz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Andrejs Ruments
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD. Great man.
Good product. Good service.
Published 2 months ago by Gregory W. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding human nature
Schaefer provides a framework for understanding western culture that never claims to be exhaustive but is truly coherent and helpful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by velodog revolver
5.0 out of 5 stars Far Better than I Imagined
It is hard to believe a video series this old is of such high quality and so pertinent to the here and now.
Published 2 months ago by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Nature of Man & Future
Outstanding review of the past and compares to society and culture now. Dr. Shaeffer uses the unchanging nature of God and scripture to unravel the true nature of man and HOW... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mike B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by P. Wesley Roten
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad to see DVDs made of this important series
Glad to see DVDs made of this important series. Great to watch these messages again now that much of Schaeffer's prophetic insight has is being realised.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Theological Perspective on all Culture Carefully put into...
I consider this to Shaeffer's life work.. or at least it's
wide range and depth tell us what an incredible
intellectual influence he was. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. G. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Summary of the Intersection of Religion and Culture
A slightly dated but still relevant analysis of the relationship of religion and culture. Shaeffer is always a challenge but well worth the time to think and consider..
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