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Escape from Reason (Christian Classics)
~Francis A. Schaeffer
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Media: Paperback
ISBN/ASIN : 0851112315
Manufacturer : Inter-Varsity Press
Release data : July, 1995

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    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Dr Schaeffer A Debt of Gratitude

    I was by the grace of God fortunate enough to meet with Dr Francis Schaeffer and to become a member of the International Presbyterian Church which he founded. But long before that happened I had been on the verge of total despair and contemplating suicide.I had become a christian in the summer of 1963/64 and due to my own history of experiencing the loss and grief for the deaths of people who I loved which started when I was still a child had aged me beyond my years.Between the ages of seven and fifteen when I was converted I had been close to eight people who died both tragically by accidents or naturally by age or and infirmity including my father and my mother and an Uncle and Aunt.The first one was when I held my first best friend close to me,still with the seaweed round his neck and looked at his dead drowned face,his eyes still open, when I was seven years old.I had questions,big questions and I wanted and needed big answers.Almost needless to say I did not get them from my relatives or from the church and I was familiar with four different denominations,three Protestant,one Catholic.To cut a long story short I left my highland village and joined the ranks of the Hippie revolution,the revolution that failed.The flower power of our generation
    is mostly displayed on our graves,we failed and our philosophies whether home grown,or foreign or do it yourself failed and many felt rudderless,and pointless.It was on a day of these kind of days I found Dr Schaeffers book "Escape from Reason".It had just been published and was on display in a Christian bookshop in Richmond on Thames where I was living in a hippie commune..It was with a sense of almost compulsion that I went inside and bought the book and that book changed my life,revolutionised my thinking, and eventually through Dr Schaeffers words to me and people like Edith his wife,Os Guinness,Dick Keyes and the list goes on brought me back eventually through the answers to my qustions to the God who is there and who is not silent.This book short though it is, is as has been said a penetrating analysis of how we have come to where we are today in our culture and thought forms.Not only that though it points out how you can see where they have been wrong or misguided and have a basis at last for believing in God and have an develop an intellectually robust faith.Buy this book,it might just help to save your life.John 3.16



    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Schaeffer's penetrating analysis of modern culture

    Although it's a fair few years since escape from reason was first published, the ideas and comment on modern thought is quite insightful. Schaeffer's 'line of despair' thesis is introduced, and the book sits nicely alongside the God who is there, and he is there and he is not silent. An extremely worthwhile read, providing an overview of the trends in thought and thus facilitates understanding of why people think the way they do today. I would recommend the book to any interested in philosophy or cultural studies type work; the implications of Schaeffer's thesis are wide reaching.


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