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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.

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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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 120
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 7.00 X 4.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0830834052
ISBN-13: 9780830834051
Series: IVP Classics

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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.

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Francis A. Schaeffer founded the L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and was the author of many books, including . 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. 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 , , , , , , , , and . 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. MorelandÂ’s ideas have been covered by both popular religious and non-religious outlets, including the , , PBS's "Closer to Truth," and magazine. In 2016 Moreland was selected by The Best Schools as one of the "50 most influential living philosophers."

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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.

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  1. shrimptoast
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A philosophical escape to real reason
    December 30, 2017
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    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 4
    I am writing this review primarily to shine a different light on this book. The only review currently submitted is 3 out of 5 stars. I believe Escape from Reason is a 5-star message with perhaps a 4-star delivery. I think the book makes a point all Christians should understand: communication is key.

    As for the content, Escape from Reason traces mankind's philosophical thought from the times of Thomas Aquinas through the Renaissance, the Reformation, and into modern times with discussion of Kant, Rousseau, Hegel, and Kierkegaard among others. Schaeffer describes the changes to man's ways of thinking, depicts with diagrams these changes, and gives cultural examples. He makes it clear that our way of relating faith and reason is dramatically different now than in history's past. Essentially, modern man is making a leap to (non-Christian) faith and has left reason behind. Christianity provides for a unity of faith and reason that other worldviews simply cannot provide.

    Francis Schaeffer's main point, however, is that we need to understand the shift in thought-forms for our current age, and we need to be able to speak the Gospel into this generation. We need to be able to communicate effectively, and the only way is by understanding where philosophy has gone to.

    Now, why is this book difficult for some to understand? My personal opinion is that Schaeffer can be a difficult author to read. He can sometimes present a complete idea in a mere paragraph and move on. His writing is very dense. How can you read Schaeffer better? Read more of him and others on similar topics. For example, I have read The God Who Is There, also by Schaeffer, and I understand the concepts presented in Escape from Reason far better because of it. Also, The Universe Next Door by James Sire will be helpful in preparing you for this book. The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis is approximately the difficulty of Escape from Reason. (I also recommend all of those books.)

    If you would like to read a related book by Francis Schaeffer, I can reiterate the previously mentioned book The God Who Is There. If you would like to read books by other authors who were influenced by Francis Schaeffer but are not him, you could try How Now Shall We Live? by Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey or Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey. Both of those books won the ECPA Gold Medallion book award in the category Christianity and Society.

    Finally, I feel I should state that I read the edition of Escape from Reason printed in The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer.
  2. marggram
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    3 Stars Out Of 5
    For the thinker....but not "Average Joe:"
    February 3, 2012
    marggram
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    I would recommend this to the thinker. At times it can be a little to deep for some readers. My son would like it, but my daughter would find it difficult to follow. I did myself. The parts i got were very interesting and I agreed with the author. Other times he lost me and I have a Masters Degree. (Maybe I need to re-read it ?)
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