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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.

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.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (October 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891076867
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891076865
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,102,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Udo Middelmann was exposed to the problem of human suffering from an early age. During and after World War II, his family lived near Heidelberg, Germany and then moved to Bonn, where his father worked in the Ministry of Refugee Affairs, responsible for the economic integration of millions of displaced Germans. Later, his father's work for UNICEF took the family to Beirut, Lebanon and New York City.

Middelmann's unique perspective on biblical issues is informed by a truly international upbringing and education. He holds degrees in both law (LLM from Freiburg University, Germany) and theology (BD and MA from Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, USA). His teaching experience reflects the same international flavor. For eight years, he held the Crawford Chair for Religion at The King's College in Briarcliff Manor, New York and later became a visiting professor in the department of philosophy at the new King's College in New York City. He also serves as Instructor in Apologetics and Postmodernism at the Geneva Bible Institute. For seven years he was a consultant and principle speaker in seminars on "Ethics for a Civil Society" for the Russian Ministry for Education in 65 regional capitals of Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Romania and Moldova.

Middelmann's approach to the age-old problems of the world is at once scholarly and far removed from the ivory tower. He has lectured widely on ethics and society in many countries on every continent. His diverse career experience also includes fifteen years as an associate pastor in Switzerland and four years as the Education Program director for the International Institute for Relief and Development of Food for the Hungry in Geneva, Switzerland.

For the last twenty-three years, he has been the President of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. Middelmann is a prolific author who regularly publishes his reflections on current issues in "Footnotes", has written five books, Pro-existence (1974), The Market-driven Church (2004), The Innocence of God(2007), Christianity versus Fatalistic Religions in the War against Poverty (2008) and Neither Necessary nor Inevitable: History needn't have been like this (2010). He has also authored numerous articles and chapters for new editions of Francis Schaeffer's books and most recently for a new edition of "Christianity is Jewish" by Edith Schaeffer.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By John M. Kistler on May 3, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was originally written in the early 1970's, as an early response to the rapid spread of anti-Christian environmental books. Now I say "anti-Christian" not in the sense that environmentalism is anti-Christian, but in the sense that Christianity has been getting the blame for the world's environmental ills. In other words, Schaeffer is warning the church to start paying attention to its duties to the earth and environment, because we are getting the blame for pollution and etc...
He rightly points out that Christianity is somewhat responsible for environmental problems, but shows that Bible-practicing churches and members should wake up and see what the Bible really says on the issues. By shuffling the environmental issue back into the corner and ignoring it, we push environmentally concerned people into the Eastern religions and away from Christianity. Since John Passmore's famous book, which blames Christianity's view of dominion (Genesis/Eden) for Western Civilization, and Puritanism for the demise of American ecosystems, the environmental movement has begun rejecting Christianity as a cure. Furthermore, dispensational theology which sees the world as collapsing and being annihilated by Jesus after the Millennium, in favor of building a new Earth, quite strongly implies that we needn't bother with such earthly issues, since the earth will "pass away" no matter how nicely we tend it (rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic). So Passmore and others are somewhat correct, that Christianity has fallen flat on its face in regard to environmental issues. Schaeffer in this book prophetically warns about it, and turns out to be correct.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 19, 2008
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In the past weeks I have spent some time wrestling with issues related to the environment and creation care. I have been seeking distinctly Christian wisdom on this issue, seeking to learn how we, as Christians, are to understand this world and our role in its care and protection. Last week I turned to Francis Schaeffer's Pollution and the Death of Man hoping and even expecting that it would answer some of my deepest questions.

Schaeffer acknowledges from the beginning of this book what our society's secular humanists cannot--that mankind has been called by God to exercise dominion over the earth. But like everything else in this world, man's ability to exercise such dominion has been affected by the Fall. No longer do we tend the world always in love, but instead we ravage and pillage it. Though we may not believe in all of the dire claims being made about the world today, we must at least acknowledge that we have not cared for the world as God has called us to.

The answers to this crisis lie not in our own efforts and not in the dictums of former Vice Presidents. Rather, if we are to understand the crisis, its roots, and its solutions, we must turn to Scripture. And this is precisely what Schaeffer does in Pollution and the Death of Man. Originally published in 1970, the book reads as if it was written yesterday (if the reader is willing to replace the ecological crises of thirty years ago with those of today, perhaps substituting global warming for DDT). Schaeffer looks at the spirit of the day and sees how men are dealing with ecological issues. Perceptively, he sees that ecology, bereft of any firm, biblical foundation and without any consistent basis for morality, is breeding a kind of pantheism.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin G. Gardner on May 1, 2002
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This masterpiece of logical thinking is unequaled in the realm of Christian literature for its conciseness of content and expressiveness of thought.
In this book, Schaeffer discusses the Christian approach to the environment and deals with the all-too-common misconceptions peddled by those Christians who are either ignorant of Biblical truth in this area, or are so intent on distancing themselves from the pantheistic, bleeding-heart, tree-hugging left that they come across as uncaring and abusive.
Nature does play a part in God's plan, and far from being entrusted with it as a no-strings-attached gift - a common misconception of the use of "dominion" in the Genesis account - we have been given the moral responsibility of keeping our surroundings while at the same time utilizing them conscientiously to meet our needs. In ridiculing and minimizing man's God-given duty of stewardship, modern Christianity has severely impaired its testimony and driven many conscientious individuals into the arms of equally erroneous sects - many of them pantheistic. This tendency is as wrong as it is regrettable.
Schaeffer further points out that having been created by the same God, any attempt by man to look down on and misuse his physical surroundings is to pass judgement on the God Who created those surroundings � and us.
Overall well-balanced and thought-provoking, Schaeffer answers the excesses of extreme Christianity on the one hand and raving nature-worship on the other with a treatise that is as elucidative as it is highly readable. This is required reading for anyone who wants to be convicted and informed of the necessity to appreciate and respect nature within the God-oriented context of Biblical truth.
- Benjamin Gene Gardner
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