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The God Who Is There Paperback – October 16, 1998
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"'This book, and its companion volumes, accomplished something startling and necessary: It made intellectual history a vital part of the evangelical landscape, opening up the worlds particularly of art and philosophy to a subculture that was suspicious and ignorant of both,' writes John Stackhouse, professor of theology and culture at Regent College." (Christianity Today, October 2006)
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God is There (or Here) because he tells us he is. How? Through His Word, the book of his words and deeds. He brought the world into existence through his Word, then he gave himself through his Word, Jesus Christ. The Bible is of utmost importance because God shows us himself through his Word.
However, modern man took words and made them into a twisted form of themselves, making meaning nil or ineffectual. The informed follower of Christ should learn the ways of the modern world and its nihilistic meanings. Only then can he combat its destructiveness. This is one of Schaeffer's main themes.
Schaeffer outlines the new world order and its debilitating effects. This new outlook developed between 1913 and 1935 in the United States with the rise of Humanism. Prior to that time, man had absolutes on which to rely. If there is evil, then its antithesis is good. Christians had a sound basis on which to live in the world. (Their moral code, of course, comes from the Bible.)
Then Julian Huxley edited The Humanist Frame The Modern Humanist Vision of Life" in which he emphasizes man as the source of all meaning, knowledge, and value. (Huxley is cited only as a humanist of Schaeffer's time as an example.Read more ›
I have lived for years in a society that has told me that such things are unknowable, that they must be a matter of belief only, but Schaeffer's book dispells all such misconceptions. "The God Who is There" provides a solid intellectual foundation for faith in a world of shifting sand.
If you read and like this book, I would recommend reading Schaeffer's book "He is There and He is Not Silent" immediately afterward.
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Several of his theses are: postmodern man lives "below the line of despair". Following that, he is forced into a dichotomy of existential despair or Christian Truth. His primary thesis is that of the anithesis: if one thing is true, then its opposite is not true. He then shows how a denial of this has pervaded modern culture, especially that of art.
I found the book interesting, even it written too fast. I wished he would have clarified many things early on. Nevertheless, this has moved me to read more of his works
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For the Post Modern age this is definitely a hit home as it resonates deep within the issues of our culture and wrestles with experience mentality and the problems it bringsPublished 7 months ago by Jacob Thomas
This is a great book! The first chapter starts you out in deep thought!Published 8 months ago by Christy
The God who is there is a great book. Schaeffer discusses the shift of truth in philosophy, art, music, general culture and theology. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Keri
"The present chasm between generations has been brought about almost entirely by a change in the concept of truth" (25). Read more
Gives a masterful framework for understanding the flow of western culture. I first read this in 1969 and fell in love with his writings. Read morePublished 13 months ago by velodog revolver
Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-84) was an American Evangelical theologian and philosopher whose works were very influential on Evangelical thinking. In this fascinating book, Dr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson
This book talks around God and in such an abstract way I could,nt keep focus.Recommended by Marc Monte I bought this sight unseen---either I,m way too stupid or this book is way... Read morePublished 16 months ago by 24th chance