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These books saved me
I'm not exaggerating when I say that Schaeffer's "Trilogy" saved my faith, or at least saved me many, many years of trouble. The distinctions he makes between Biblical faith, church culture, and church history are life-saving to the sensitive and deep thinking. His overview of history and the history of philosophy are likewise lucid and at times revelatory (and echo a similar treatment by American Awakening theologian Jonathan Edwards whose overview of Western history is also simple brilliance).
If you, as I did, feel like you have broken a limb stumbling about in a dark room and colliding with something hard, and everyone around you is telling you the pain in your limb is all in your mind and all you need to do is "get a haircut and sit at the front of church", these books are for you. Schaeffer articulated thoughts and strugglings I had only ever voiced in my heart, and he did it 30+ years before I was ever aware of the problems. They are not easy reads, and you will have to take it piece by piece (I read them all 3 times before I felt all the pennies drop), but I promise you if you come to them with an open heart and mind, you will never regret it.
Schaeffer remains one of my heroes because of these books, and his work with L'Abri. They are more relevant than ever today, and I've reordered several copies to share with new friends who are struggling with the precise issues I was facing when I discovered Schaeffer.
Schaeffer levels the playing field
Those who think Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins have somehow wiped Christians off the playing field of philosophy and morality debates, need to read Francis Schaeffer. Dawkins and Harris are nothing more than pseudo-intellectuals who stand beneath the shadow of men like Schaeffer. Their arguments were answered before they even penned them!!
A wonderful book!
Insightful and engaging
I encourage anyone with an open mind and sensitive heart to read this book. If you are unsure about what to believe in this world filled with cosmic contradictions and moral uncertainty. If you long for purpose and meaning in your life, this book will point you in the right direction.