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How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture (audio)



As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the twentieth 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. This edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of L’Abri Fellowship, founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer.

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  • Examines how biblical truth affects every day life
  • Discusses the rise and decline of Western thought and culture
  • Journeys through the Renaissance, Reformation, and Enlightenment
  • Engages Christians in the secular cultural and intellectual world
  • Ancient Rome
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Renaissance
  • The Reformation
  • The Reformation—Continued
  • The Enlightenment
  • The Rise of Modern Science
  • The Breakdown in Philosophy and Science
  • Modern Philosophy and Modern Theology
  • Modern Art, Music, Literature, and Films
  • Our Society
  • Manipulation and the New Elite
  • The Alternatives
A twentieth-century classic on Christian morality gets the treatment it deserves as Kate Reading presents the historical sweep of Schaeffer's perspective. Like a lock pick to the fetters so willingly worn by many Christians, Schaeffer frees the listener to engage with secular culture-but from a solid Christian world view, and with historical precedents. Kate Reading tackles the text with aplomb, soldiering through German, Greek, and French names without sounding like she’s gargling marbles. As Schaeffer weaves seemingly disparate strands of ancient, Renaissance, and modern culture, Reading makes the listening experience inviting and challenging. Whether you’re a Christian seeking direction or a listener who wants to satisfy your curiosity about Schaeffer’s ideas on right living, this book delivers.


  • Title: How Should We Then Live: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture (Audio)
  • Author: Francis Schaeffer
  • Publisher: Hovel Audio
  • Print Publication Date: 2006
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Audio
  • Subjects: Christian civilization; Civilization, Western
  • Resource Type: Media
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2018-10-16T00:15:08Z
Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer (1912–1984) was an evangelical missionary. After studying at Hampden-Sydney College, Westminister Theological Seminary (where he studied under Cornelius Van Til), and Faith Theological Seminary, Schaeffer pastored churches in Pennsylvania and Missouri.

In 1948, Schaeffer moved to Switzerland and founded L’Abri, a community where people discuss philosophy and religion. Thousands of people have passed through L’Abri, and it has expanded into several other countries. Schaeffer held a presuppositional approach to apologetics which many believe heavily influenced the Christian Right movement in the United States.

He was the author of many books, including Escape from Reason and How Should We Then Live?, which have sold millions of copies worldwide.



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