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Escape from Reason

, 2014
ISBN: 9780830898299
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Truth used to be based on reason. No more. What we feel is now the truest source of reality. Despite our obsession with the emotive and the experiential, we still face anxiety, despair, and purposelessness. How did we get here? And where do we find a remedy? In this modern classic, Francis A. Schaeffer traces trends in twentieth-century thought and unpacks how key ideas have shaped our society. Wide-ranging in his analysis, Schaeffer examines philosophy, science, art and popular culture to identify dualism, fragmentation and the decline of reason. Schaeffer's work takes on a newfound relevance today in his prescient anticipation of the contemporary postmodern ethos. His critique demonstrates Christianity's promise for a new century, one in as much need as ever of purpose and hope.

Foreword by J. P. Moreland

Chapter 1
Nature and Grace
Aquinas and the Autonomous
Painters and Writers
Nature Versus Grace
Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael

Chapter 2
A Unity of Nature and Grace
The Reformation and Man
More About Man
Reformation, Renaissance and Morals
The Whole Man

Chapter 3
Early Modern Science
Kant and Rousseau
Modern Modern Science
Modern Modern Morality
Kierkegaard and the Line of Despair

Chapter 4
The Leap
Secular Existentialism
The New Theology
Upper Story Experiences
Linguistic Analysis and the Leap

Chapter 5
Art as the Upper Story Leap
Poetry: The Later Heidegger
Art: Andre Malraux
The Theater of the Absurd

Chapter 6
The "Upstairs" in Film and Television
Upper Story Mysticism
Jesus the Undefined Banner

Chapter 7
Rationality and Faith
The Bible Can Stand on Its Own
Beginning from Myself and Yet
The Source of the Knowledge We Need
The "Leap in the Dark" Mentality
The Unchanging in a Changing World


Schaeffer had a way of communicating Christianity to modern culture--we need more like him today. This book provides an excellent introduction to his ideas.

Product Details

  • Title : Escape from Reason
  • Authors:
    • Schaeffer, Francis A.
    • Moreland, J. P.
  • Publisher: IVP Books
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • ISBN: 9780830898299

J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He is the author, coauthor, or contributor to over ninety-five books, including Does God Exist?, Universals, The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, Consciousness and the Existence of God, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, In Search of a Confident Faith, Love Your God With All Your Mind, The God Question, and Debating Christian Theism. In his distinguished career, Moreland has co-planted three churches, spoken and debated on over 175 college campuses around the country, and served with Campus Crusade for Christ for ten years. The founder and director of Eidos Christian Center, he also previously served as a bioethicist for PersonaCare Nursing Homes, Inc. headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. Moreland?s ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the New Scientist, Christianity Today, PBS's "Closer to Truth," and WORLD magazine. In 2016 Moreland was selected by The Best Schools as one of the "50 most influential living philosophers."

Francis A. Schaeffer founded the L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and was the author of many books, including The God Who Is There. Until his death in 1984, he was also a noted speaker with a worldwide ministry. His ministry continues through his books, with over two million copies in print.


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