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ISBN/ASIN : 0830819479
Manufacturer : InterVarsity Press|
Release data : September, 1998
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Knowledge, Not Belief
Schaeffer's book has changed my life and many around me. Using a historical-cultural approach, Schaeffer explains the development in ideology and practice of what he calls "the line of despair," the divide between the physical realm and the metaphysical realm that prevents humanity from knowing about transcendent things. But he is not only able to identify the line, he also explains how to get beyond it.
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.
An Amazing Work
I would say that this book is a classic. Francis Schaeffer doesn't mince any words, this is a potent response to postmodernism. I found the book to be very helpful, especially the diagrams he provides. His descriptions of the "line of despair" and other concepts are very helpful in understanding postmodernism.
This book is just what you need if you want to understand more about worldviews and their relation to apologetics.
I would recommend this book as it is a captivating read and is very informative also.
Almost Five Stars
I picked up this book after seeing F.S. referenced many times in the works of Chuck Colson. For those of you familiar with the apologetic work of Colson, FS runs in the same vein; namely, that Christianity has reasonable foundations and more importantly, it is the worldview most compatible with reality. My main problem with the book is that FS did not spend enough time in the first 2 parts of the book elucidating his propositions, thus the 4 star rating. By the middle of the book I figured out what he was doing.
The Book Itself:
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