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Genesis in Space and Time: The Flow of Biblical History (Bible Commentary for Layman)

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Genesis is a book of origins--the origin of the universe, the origin of life and the origin of man. It places man in his cosmic setting, shows his particular uniquness, explains his wonder and his flaw, and begins to trace the flow of human history through space and time. Many today, however, view this book as a collection of myths, useful for understanding the Hebrew mind ...more
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Published July 1st 1972 by Regal Books (first published 1972)
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Peter B.
A pretty good book on the first 12 chapters of Genesis. Schaeffer brings out some good points, especially in relation to a Trinitarian view of creation and in relation to the effect of the fall into sin and redemption on relationships (between man and God, man and man, man and nature, etc...). Regrettably, at least from my perspective, his book is marred by his premillennialism and his weak treatments of the days of creation and the biblical chronologies.
L.S.
Jan 03, 2009 L.S. rated it liked it
Shelves: 2009, apologetics, science
This book is very easy to read and to understand. The language is quite simple and accesible and the message is so strong. It pleads (and prooves, as far as I'm concerned) that Genesis 1 to 11 is history. These first chapters were intended to present a real historic flow, with impact on a man`s fundamental question: "Who am I?" ...more
Brian Thomas
Mar 17, 2013 Brian Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: theology
I have read many of Schaeffer's books, and this might be one of my favorites along with How Shall We Then Live, and Escape from Reason. What impacted me the most was, in perfect Francis Schaeffer style, an uncovering of the big-picture, overall themes and structure of Genesis with an emphasis on the unity that consistently is woven throughout. He sees past the particulars of the Genesis narrative and manages to get his arms around the book as a whole; just like he does with culture or philosophy ...more
Leandro Guimarães Faria Corcete DUTRA
Não necessariamente concordo com todas as conclusões de Schaeffer, e creio que a linguagem deixa um pouco a desejar (no original; a tradução e sua revisão chegam a aperfeiçoar o estilo), mas ele demonstra porque é o grande mestre dos Reformados engajados com a cultura do século XX. Necessário.
Michelle
Dec 10, 2010 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Rich. Meaty. Inspiring. As always, Schaeffer points up the great ironies.

Some quotes:

“It is either not knowing or denying the createdness of things that is at the root of the blackness of modern man’s difficulties.”

“The simple fact is that in wanting to be what man as a creature could not be, man lost what he could be.”

And the plan God had, and still has, for us is better than anything mankind has even imagined! If only the world could know the greatness of God's desires for us, to love us,
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Jill
May 26, 2009 Jill rated it it was amazing
Very worthwhile book for the Christian world view. Helped solidify my own world view and opened my eyes to very fundamental but incredibly awesome aspects of the Christian faith.
Kevin Haney
Nov 25, 2016 Kevin Haney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent work

There are many commentaries on scripture that concern themselves with explaining passages verse by verse. While these are good,Francis Schaeffer takes it farther and relates the passages to the whole of life. I had been looking for this for a longtime and am happy that I found it.
Christopher Ray
Jun 25, 2016 Christopher Ray rated it really liked it
What is the solution to the dilemmas man finds himself faced with? Everywhere one looks, one can observe man at odds with God, with himself, with other men, and with nature. Francis Schaeffer, in his book Genesis in Space and Time, contends that the answer is to be found in the origins of man, and of the universe itself.[1] “If a man attributes the wrong cause to the dilemma and divisions of men,” Schaeffer wrote, “he will never come up with the right answer no matter how good a will he has.”[2] ...more
Dmreichle
Dec 19, 2015 Dmreichle rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and it left me wondering how I had never read anything by Francis Schaeffer before. His writing style appeals to a layman like myself, and his logical arguments lead to conclusions that make sense and strengthen my faith. His simple premise; that Genesis is true, real history, the history of mankind as well as God's story of redemption, is presented in a logical, step-wise format. Although there are a few non-critical points that I disagree with, overall, it is a great ...more
Sarah
Sep 24, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
I liked this a lot. It was basically a Bible study on the first 12 chapters of Genesis. The focus was on how the events described are "space and time" (real and literal) events.

Two things that I couldn't let pass though. . . (1) Schaffer says that it is "impossible" for the earth to be created in 6, 24 hour days. While I do not think that this is a major theological point (just as long as you know God made all) it does perturb me that Schaffer declares it impossible. For ALL things are possible
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Jesse O'reilly
Jun 05, 2016 Jesse O'reilly rated it really liked it
I was in the library the other day and was curious what books by Francis Schaeffer were in the collection. Lots, it turned out, and I gleefully checked out half a dozen titles. I just finished Genesis in Space and Time, and it might be the best book on Genesis I've ever read.

I read Schaeffer's Escape from Reason long ago, but I unsuccessfully attempted to read his book The God Who Is There three or four times before really getting into it this spring. Up next is He Is There and He Is Not Silent.
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Leonardo Bruno
Jul 08, 2014 Leonardo Bruno rated it really liked it
O livro é um arrazoado sobre os onze primeiros capítulos de Gênesis, de onde Schaeffer tira conclusões ao mesmo tempo interessantes e fundamentais. Vou deixar que ele próprio resuma do que trata basicamente o livro:
"Nesses capítulos, aprendemos sobre a criação histórica e espaçotemporal a partir do nada; a criação do homem à imagem de Deus, a Queda real, histórica, espaçotemporal e moral; e a compreensão da presente anormalidade nas divisões que existem entre Deus e o homem, o homem e ele mesmo,
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Steve Hemmeke
Apr 09, 2014 Steve Hemmeke rated it really liked it
Excellent.

A study of Genesis 1-11 - not a commentary.

Schaeffer emphasizes the flow of redemptive history at each point, doesn't get bogged down in minor detail, and rejects humanistic science or philosophy that assumes and asserts a closed uniform world system. But neither is he dogmatic about uncertain detail in Scripture as some creation scientists today can be.

An example of this is the geneologies of chapters 5 and 10. They are not given for chronology (counting the years between the flood an
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benebean
I'm not sure I totally understand his concept of the mannishness of man. It makes some intuitive sense to me, but I feel like there could be a whole book explaining exactly what he means by this. I probably need to reread at least the beginning of the book a couple more times to understand what he was talking about.

I'm not sure if this is actually categorized as commentary-- but it's close to it if it isn't. It is the first "commentary" that I've actually enjoyed reading and one that I am looki
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Michael
Jan 24, 2016 Michael rated it it was amazing
I loved this look into the first chapters of the Bible by Francis Schaeffer. Insightful and intellectual, yet rooted in sound doctrine and theology, this book is a fantastic companion to the Genesis account. There have been many theories thrown around about Genesis, and while it's understandable that we sometimes misunderstand our origins story (some citing it as merely a poem, etc.), Schaeffer brings incredible clarity to these origins. I'd highly recommend anyone serious about biblical study t ...more
Tom
Oct 20, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
This was the first book of Schaeffer's I have read that not primarily philosophical and apologetical. As a simple exposition of the book of Genesis, Schaeffer does his usual excellent job laying out the antithesis to humanist thought. Chapters 1-3 are covered in rather more detail than the rest of Genesis, which is covered more thematically. This makes since because 1-3 are the foundation for the rest of God's plan of redemption. Those who might have been intimidated by Schaeffer's other works w ...more
Jeff Short
Jul 17, 2012 Jeff Short rated it really liked it
Concise book, especially given the title and subtitle. Space and time refer to the historicity of the accounts. In other words, they happened in space-time, or in even other words, the stories are true. Schaeffer grasps the meta-narrative of Scripture and presents the first eleven chapters of Genesis as foundational.

Schaeffer was an intellectual and grapples with high concepts. You may need to read it, let it simmer, and come back to it again. I wouldn't consider this intro level, but it is very
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Josh Morris
Jan 12, 2016 Josh Morris rated it really liked it
Though written in the 1970s, the questions and facts Schaeffer wrestles with are tremendously applicable today. In this book he takes us through the Bible's take on the origin of the universe, of humanity, and of early Biblical characters like Noah. Schaeffer knows many of the questions you have in your heart about these topics and goes through them in turn.

Full summary here: http://www.angelfire.com/mb/jmorris/p...
Rob
Oct 31, 2011 Rob rated it liked it
Schaeffer's commentary on Genesis addresses the identity crisis of modern human beings and expounds upon the first nine chapters or so of Genesis. He highlights especially the theme of separation that appears in Genesis: separation of man from God, man from woman, man from man, man from nature, and man from self. Responding to the existentialism and drug culture of his day, Schaeffer calls on people to realize their origin and their need for reconciliation with the God who is there.
Scott Cox
It has been many years since I read this book. I must say that I was somewhat dissappointed when I re-read his commentary on the days of Genesis chapter one: "in the light of the word (e.g. day) as used in the Bible and the lack of finality of science concerning the problem of dating, in a sense there is no debate because there are no clearly defined terms upon which to debate." However I appreciate much of what Francis Schaeffer wrote and accomplished in his life.
Bob Ladwig
Dec 11, 2010 Bob Ladwig rated it liked it
Again, Schaeffer is a generalist and is no expert in eco-science. He does reply in this book to the paganism in much of modern ecology and shows how the Christian worldview is the only one wit the true basis for ecology, man and nature have their proper spheres. More work needs to be done in this area, Schaeffer's work is really a torch to light brighter fires.
Wally8541
Aug 20, 2009 Wally8541 marked it as to-read
Reading this one for homeschooling. One of the cool things about teaching my children is that I get to read alot of books. This history/literature course my daughter's taking is awesome. She may not be liking it, but dad thinks it's great.
Tyler Hurst
Jan 23, 2013 Tyler Hurst rated it really liked it
Excellent work that combats false ideas concerning the Bible and especially the early chapters of Genesis. More than that though, this book is an excellent illustration of how to teach the gospel from the Old Testament.
Zoe Scrivener
Sep 05, 2013 Zoe Scrivener rated it liked it
This was an interesting read, though I disagreed with a number of smallish things Schaeffer said. It was quite hard to follow at times, especially in the first chapter as I got used to the author's writing style. It was also too philosophical-sounding for my taste.
Carl Hesler
May 27, 2013 Carl Hesler rated it really liked it
Excellent.
Bob Wolniak
Nov 15, 2013 Bob Wolniak rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
good overview of genesis 1-11
Kevin Thompson
Dec 31, 2015 Kevin Thompson rated it liked it
generally good material but not in-depth.
David Varney
Not one of his best but still a worthwhile read.
Jeff Noble
Genesis in Space and Time; The Flow of Biblical History (Bible Commentary for Layman) by Francis A. Schaeffer (?)
Adam Carman
Dec 01, 2013 Adam Carman rated it liked it
Could be stronger.
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Francis August Schaeffer was an American Evangelical Christian theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor. He is most famous for his writings and his establishment of the L'Abri community in Switzerland. Opposed to theological modernism, Schaeffer promoted a more historic Protestant faith and a presuppositional approach to Christian apologetics which he believed would answer the questions of ...more
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“Man by the Fall fell at the same time from his state of innocence and from his dominion over nature. Both of these losses, however, can even in this life be in some part repaired; the former by religion and faith, the latter by the arts and sciences.” 2 likes
“The Christian, therefore, has a sociological base which is extremely strong. As humanists are fighting today against prejudice, they have little philosophical base for their battle. But as a Christian I do: No matter who I look at, no matter where he is, every man is created in the image of God as much as I am. So the Bible” 0 likes
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