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5 Stars Out Of 5
February 11, 2016
This is perhaps the most technical of Dr. Scheaffer's books, but it is his most important. I have taught a course in apologetics at my church several times, but I had not yet read this book. Now that I have, I would like to teach the course again using the material I learned in this book. It has given me an entirely new perspective on how to do apologetics. What influenced me the most was Dr. Schaeffer's insistence on beginning with the skeptic's non-Christian world-view, and then showing him or her the inconsistencies of it in the light of the reality of the real world and man's "manishness." I wish, however, that Dr. Schaeffer would have addressed the many ways Darwin's Theory of Evolution has informed (misinformed?) twentieth-century man and modern man to think about the world and himself. Even when I was an unbeliever and evolutionist myself, I perceived that the theory of evolution, when led to its logical conclusions, resulted in massive inconsistencies and eventually despair. However, I did not know there was another way to view existence, so I struggled with despair. Finally, someone gave me some of Dr. Schaeffer's other books to read that helped me to see the logical truth.
THE GOD WHO IS THERE is a clear and easy to follow outline of the course of cultural history from the Roman Empire to our present day. Schaeffer shows how many of the great works of philosophy, art, music and theology have pulled further and further away from Biblical truth. If you have ever sought for a unifying theme to the long scope of history, this book provides just that. Take it from a former atheistic intellectual of 45 years, put this book into the hands of your unbeleiving friends. It is a convincing argument that will resonate with a secularist.
Fascinating. Francis Schaeffer brings new clarity to changes - both subtle and obvious - that have taken place here in America and across the world in the past few centuries. "The God Who Is There" is a great witnessing tool, as it both points out the inconsistencies of modern pseudo-theological ideas and shows the reader how to reach those poor souls wrapped up in the falsehoods that dominate today's popular thought. May God use it to open others' eyes as He did to open mine.
Every Christian should be familiar with the life and work of Dr. Schaeffer. This book is a refreshing response to the destructive anti-rationalism and "blind-faith"-ism of the past several decades, which has manifested itself both inside and outside the church. I recommend it heartily.