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The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume Hardcover – April 10, 1990


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; First Printing edition (April 10, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891075615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891075615
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"What is the long-term significance of Francis Schaeffer? I am sure... that I shall not be at all wrong when I hail Francis Schaeffer--who saw so much more... and agonized over it so much more tenderly than the rest of us do--as one of the truly great Christians of my time."
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

"There is no other important Christian thinker of our era who has tackled as many fundamental intellectual, philosophical, and theological issues as Schaeffer did, and no one else has so revealed their relevance to us."
Harold O. J. Brown, Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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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.

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.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.


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It is an anthology of Francis Schaeffer's work.
Corum Seth Smith
I have read this trilogy many times over the years, and it is a book I like to read slowly and savor once every few years.
stephanie thornton
If you are serious about understanding your faith, Schaeffer is a must.
Tobie van der Westhuizen

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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Tobie van der Westhuizen on February 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever wondered what existentialism is all about, or what the real difference between absolute and relative truth is? When is theology liberal?, when is it orthodox?, and when is it neo-orthodox? What is it that separates Reformed theology from 'Leap in the Dark' theology? Is Christian faith rational or irrational? How can I know what I believe is true, and how can I know that I know? I am not aware of any book that serves as a better introduction to these and other issues than Francis Schaeffer's Trilogy. And, of course, it paves the way for all his other books. In his own words: 'All the others fit into these as spokes of the wheel fit into the hub.'
Schaeffer remains the leading Christian apologist for the 60s generation, and has done many of us an immense favour by exposing the countercultural, flower-power utopianism of the Woodstock generation for what it was: A non-rational escape leading to nothing but despair. I first read this book as a college student and it impacted me so much that I rushed out to buy his collected works - one of the best investments of my life. If you are serious about understanding your faith, Schaeffer is a must. And if you are serious about understanding Schaeffer, his Trilogy is a must.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By nto62 on July 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 1996
Format: Hardcover
Schaeffer deserves to be widely heard. These three books generally focus on the necessary conclusions that must be reached based on much of modern thought. Coining the word 'anti-philosophies', Schaeffer contends that it is impossible to sustain philosophical coherence when a transcendent basis is lost. The effect of modern philosophical trends are traced through music, art, philosophy, and theology, providing a much more well rounded perspective than books of this sort usually do. I read the series twice, taking notes the second time through, as it was the only way I could really absorb the material
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William M. Toohey -- tooheyw@mailexcite.com on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I majored in Philosophy, and can honestly say that none of the big names holds a stick to the clarity of thought and pure logic evidenced in these books. The most distinctive feature of the ideas put forth in Schaeffer's writings are their coherence with reason and experience. This is one philosopher who thought with his eyes open, and actually had something useful to say. Ideas you can sink your teeth into and live by.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you read Shaeffer in an effort to study philosophy or intellectualism, then you most likely will be somewhat disappointed. Shaeffer whould dare call you naive if you took him for a mere philosopher! His intent has been mistakely interpreted by some.
Shaeffer understood the Truth that is in Jesus Christ, purely and simply. His expertese of philosophy was only to unveil it's error. And in that sense one could call him an antiphilosophist - i.e. In the sense where philosophy leads a man into inner turmoil, unresolved contradictions, and ultimately into utter dispair.
I think Shaeffer does a magnificent job in pointing us to the one true God, and His son Jesus Christ. After all, that was his only real intention. He doesn't aim to "wow" us with complex and unimaginalble schemes. Find fault if you will, but may you one day find fulfillment in learning what is the true wisdom.
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54 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A. Wakefield on November 29, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Now, reviews like that are really disturbing. It's obvious this fellow won't even make the effort to examine worldviews different than his own. That is just as weak as the sort of unthinking Chrsitianity they portray. Mr. Schaeffer's writings, to the contrary, are generally well thought out, and give consideration to other viewpoints.
Furthermore, the reader rated it low based on worldview, which is an awfully bigoted practice that I am afraid we never will be rid of. I don't rate books dismally if I disagree with them - I do so if the arguments are so poorly stated that they don't even help me think about my own position. Schaeffer's writings are always a good thinking machine. If you aren't a believing [whatever], it doesn't mean you shouldn't read books about anything different than what you think. That is the road to parochialism and a transformation from human to xerox machine for the atheist faith, or the Protestant faith, or [whatever]. Which is something Mr. Schaeffer, on my reading (especially of something like "Art and the Bible"), would be quite against.
Schaeffer's writing is lucid and interesting to any sensetive being with a concern for big issues. I don't agreee with everything he says, either, but it was still worth every minute of my time to read.
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