The God Who Is There, 30th Anniversary EditionThe God Who Is There, 30th Anniversary Edition
Francis A. Schaeffer
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The God Who Is There was first published in 1968. Thirty years and 400,000 copies later, its still going strong. When Francis Schaeffer wrote The God Who Is There, his analysis of society shocked the evangelical community with its clarity and understanding. Today, his words seem prophetic, as postmodernism, and its inherent relativism, have taken hold of society with a relentless grip.

The God Who Is There is a full, deep, penetrating look at society and its relation to the church (and vice versa), but it can be summarized in five basic passions, according to author and editor James Sire, in the foreword. One, a passion for the God who is there, the God who directly engages with his people. Two, a passion for truth. Schaeffer felt that the conflict seen in society stemmed from differing concepts of truth, and he calls us to return to the truth of Scripture. Three, a compassion for people. As Schaeffer states in the book, "As I push the man off his false balance, he must be able to feel that I care for him. Otherwise I will only end up destroying him..." Four, a passion for culture. Without a deep, full understanding of what the world is thinking about and chasing after, the church cannot speak the truth of the Gospel effectively to it. Five, a passion for relevant and honest communication. Schaeffer brilliantly focuses on how many in our society use words to mask the real meanings and to hide reality. He calls us to unmask the meanings, and to face reality squarely.

Thirty years ago, Schaeffer spoke out against rational humanism and relativism because they dehumanize people and because they lead to despair. And now, in a culture that prides itself on individualism and relativism, we see the continuing death of human dignity and personality that Schaeffer spoke about. The God Who Is There is at least as relevant now as when it was first published, if not more relevant. The issues first highlighted in 1968 have become much more central in our culture in the 21st century. So join with Schaeffer in calling people back to a relationship with the God who is there.

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Foreword by James W. Sire13

Section I: The Intellectual & Cultural Climate
of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
1The Gulf is Fixed25
Before the Chasm
Presuppositional Apologetics
Would Have Stopped the Decay
The Line of Despair
Unity and Disunity in Rationalism
Tendency Towards a Uniform Culture
2The First Step in the Line of Despair: Philosophy33
Hegel, the Doorway
Kierkegaard, the First Man Below
The Existentialism of Jaspers, Sartre and Heidegger
The Antiphilosophy of the Anglo-Saxon World
The Use of Drugs
What Does and Does Not Happen in These Experiences
3The Second Step: Art46
Van Gogh and Gaugin
Cézanne and Picasso
Dada, Marcel Duchamp, the Happenings
and the Environments
4The Third and Fourth Steps: Music & the General Culture55
Musique Concrète
Henry Miller
Philosophic Homosexuality
John Osborne
Dylan Thomas
Modern Cinema, the Mass Media
and the Beatles
5The Unifying Factor in the Steps of Despair63
Romanticism is Dead: Christianity's Opportunity
If Antithesis is Maintained

Section II: The Relationship of the New Theology
to the Intellectual Climate
1The Fifth Step: Theology71
Departure from Biblical Christianity
2Modern Mysticism: Despair Beyond Despair76
Theology and Semantic Mysticism
The Use of Words and Symbols
The Origins of Semantic Mysticism--Leonardo Da Vinci
Nature and Grace
3Modern Mysticism in Action: Art & Language86
The Tension of Being Man
Mysticism in Art: Paul Klee and Salvador Dali
Mysticism in Language: Martin Heidegger
4Modern Mysticism in Action: Music & Literature94
Mysticism in Music--Leonard Bernstein
and John Cage
Mysticism in Literature--Henry Miller
5The Next Phase of Modern Theology103
God Is Dead--Or Almost So!
A Quest by the Upper-Story Men
Today's Opportunity for the New Theology

Section III: How Historic Christianity Differs
from the New Theology
1Personality or a Devilish Din113
The Logical End of Denying Personality
2Verifiable Facts & Knowing118
Personality As Such Cannot Imply Limitedness
Divine and Human Communication
Love Is More Than a Word
3The Dilemma of Man127
The Scandal of the Cross
Historic Christianity and Man's Dilemma
4God's Answer to Man's Dilemma133
There Need Be No Either-Or in La Peste
5How Do We Know It Is True?137
The Nature of Proof
True Rationality but Not Only Rationality

Section IV: Speaking Historic Christianity into
the Twentieth-Century Climate
1Finding the Point of Tension147
Communicating to One of My Kind
Logical Conclusions
Torn by Two Consistencies
The Tensions Are Felt in Differing Strengths
2From the Point of Tension to the Gospel155
Why There Is a Place for Conversation
Giving and Taking Blows
Taking the Roof Off
3Applying the Gospel161
How Dare We Do It?
Faith in the Biblical Sense

Section V: Pre-evangelism is No Soft Option
1Commending the Christian Faith to our
Defense of the Faith
Communication of the Faith
2The Importance of Truth175
Truth Stands Before Conversion
Truth and Spirituality
The God Behind Truth

Section VI: Personal & Corporate Living
into the Twentieth-Century Climate
1Demonstrating the Character of God183
Salvation Does Not End with the Individual
The Visible Quality
Realism in Exhibition
Personality Is Central
2The Legal, but Not Only the Legal191
Human People in Our Culture

Appendix A. The Question of Apologetics196
Appendix B. The Problem of the Middle-Class
Church in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century
Appendix C. Practice of Truth213