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The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume Hardcover – April 10, 1990
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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
About the Author
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just wish I was smart enough to understand it. I've always thought I was a fool for God and this book proves it.Published 6 months ago by Kenneth D. Fink
As timely now as when it was written. Francis Schaeffer never ages and the simplicity of truth still works.Published 11 months ago by Lori Harris
A MUST read, even though dated. Still addresses the underlying basis of our current challenges.Published 12 months ago by R. Guinn
Everyone should read his books, insights on where things were going and are now coming to pass, long before they ever happened.Published 12 months ago by Barbara J. Sneller