Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) was a Presbyterian minister with an ability to see how the questions of meaning, morals, and value being dealt with by philosophy, were the same questions that the Bible dealt with, only in different language. Once an agnostic, Schaeffer came to the conclusion that Biblical Christianity not only gave sufficient answers to the big questions, but that they were the only answers that were both self-consistent and livable. With this conviction he became a man of conversation. Schaeffer taught that God is really there and He is not silent. He had spoken to man in the Bible as and a result we could have "true truth" about God and man. Knowing the dignity of man created in God's image, he placed a high value on creativity as an expression of that image. He opened his Swiss home to travelers to discuss these things. Later he began lecturing in universities and writing a number of books. Perhaps no other Christian thinker of the twentieth century, besides C.S. Lewis, has had more influence on thinking people.
HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE
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As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the 20th century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining western culture. In this brilliant book he analyzed the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative; living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning. How should we then live has become the benchmark for Christian worldview thinking today. Though written in 1976, Schaeffer's observations reveal a firm grasp of where everything was heading and as such, are perhaps even more relevant today.
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