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How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
~Francis A. Schaeffer , Lane T. Dennis
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Media: Paperback
ISBN/ASIN : 1581345364
Manufacturer : Crossway Books
Release data : 03 March, 2005

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    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    Divine Inspiration: The ultimate tool of Elite Manipulators

    As was true of "Total True," so goes the Works of Francis Schaeffer, the book upon which Total Truth is based. While it is true that Schaeffer's arguments are a great deal more coherent and sophisticated, and flow much more logically than Total Truth, they too require that you swallow whole and digest without gagging, his gigantic built in assumptions. The most important of which is that while the Roman gods were man-made and limited, the Christian god is infinite, and somehow divinely inspired.

    Of course although Schaeffer knows very well of how we got from the Roman idol poly-god system to our own unitary god in the mind system, he is not telling us. Instead he ignores and hides that bit of history under the rubric of "being divinely inspired." This of course begs the obvious: Inspired by whom? How indeed did our unitary god system spring sui generis into being from the ether (or is it the firmament)?

    Thomas Cahill in his book, "The Gift of the Jews," tells us the story of how we came about our unitary god quite well and with a special flair: We got from the idol poly god system to the present unitary "god in the mind" system in one step: It was invented by the Jews; the same tribe that invented most of Western religion. Jews invented the unitary god in the mind, just as they invented our bible and by logical extension, the Koran and the Torah.

    To assert as fact that the Roman god system which preceded our own, was man-made, and then omit a discussion altogether of how we got from there to here - that is from the "idol poly god system" to the present "one god in the mind system," is more than just an egregious Freudian oversight, it smacks of intellectual dishonesty.

    Surely Schaeffer must think we are all too dense to figure out that our single god in the mind is also just another man-made invention -- in the same way that all gods are man made inventions. Since so much of his story depends on the thesis that Rome fell because of the limitations of her gods, it is altogether clear why such a detail could not be admitted to: For then the divinely inspired Christian emperor also has no clothes.

    However, if you shallow this not so minor detail without gagging, then although there is a great deal to quibble with, this is a reasonable discussion of the status and condition of Western civilization. Is the Jewish invented unitary god in the mind the answer to what ails Western civilization? Schaffer seems to think it is, if we would only believe more. "As a man thinketh, so is he."

    In the last chapter Schaeffer warns against manipulative elites, grouping Freud, B.F. Skinner, Francis Crick with Stalin and Hitler, but failing to mention that most religions are precisely that "thought manipulation systems" by self-appointed (but need we say it again divinely inspired) elites. If religion is the last hope for our civilization, we may as well cash in all our chips now. Amen.

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    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    A Book That Has Truly Shaped My World View

    A book for anyone that wants to know how our present culture got to where it is today and the people, ideas, and moments that acted as the catalysts. Schaeffer makes history incredibly relevant and interesting. Working forward from the breakdown of ancient Rome, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance, etc. up to our present age, Schaeffer highlights the key players that have shaped how we view our world today as well as the major shift from a Christian world view to a humanistic world view and the consequences of this change. Schaeffer concludes, "The problem is having, and then acting upon, the right world view - the world view which gives men and women the truth of what is." Prepare to see the world around you through a new lens.

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Own the Hard Cover Amazon sells Used.

    If you are a Blood Bought child of the Lord YOU Must own this Mighty Work for God's Glory and for OUR motivation.

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