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The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: The 3 Essential Books in 1 Volume/the God Who Is There/Escape from Reason/He Is There and He Is Not Silent

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Few Christians have had a greater impact during the last half of the twentieth century than Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer. A man with a remarkable breadth of cultural interest, with penetrating insight into modern life, and with a clear sense of spiritual reality, Schaeffer was also a man who cared deeply about people and their search for truth and reality in their lives.

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Published April 10th 1990 by Crossway Books
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Ambrose Chi
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
These three books are truly thought-shaping, and Francis does not use crafty words or commit logical fallacies to explain his points. This trilogy is a dangerous book for the modern man because it will make him come to the end of himself, intellectually, morally and existentially. However, after showing how man is unable to stand on his own, this is a book that brings him to acknowledge the need of a personal beginning, the God who is there and who is not silent.

I respect Francis greatly for hi
Jeremy Johnston
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Handy single volume collection of three of Schaeffer's foundational books. Although many of the references and allusions are dated (mid to late 20th century) Schaeffer is intellectually prophetic in his assessment of what is to come. Schaeffer writes about heady philosophy and "high" culture, but he writes with a pastoral heart in a conversational style. What he argues is where we are now and where we're headed: a post-Christian culture leading to a post-science and post-imagination culture. The ...more
Natalie Weber
Escape From Reason
Years ago I read the first of the trilogy of essential books by Christian philosopher, Francis Schaeffer. I’ve had it in mind to continue with this book ever since, but just finally got around to it this year. Now I can’t believe I waited so long! One of the things that I love the most about Schaeffer’s writing is that it walks you through the fundamental philosophies that undergird our society and contrasts them with those of Christianity. The result, then, is that the reader
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This one was so good that I am re-reading it again immediately. Some comments he has to make about our being on the trailing edge of the science-based age of reason bear careful consideration, although I am quite sure I would need another look at the current landscape of the field of philosophy to accept his claims in their entirety. It was an excellent companion to the reading of NT Wright's "Simply Good News" and follow on to Mary Poplin's "Is Reality Secular?"

On my second read, in Chap 6 of "
Joel McDaniel
Mar 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: christian thinkers
Shelves: fundamental, owned
A must read for anyone wishing to enter the realm of christian philosophy. Francis Schaeffer was one of the most influential christian authors of the late twentieth century.

This work is a good starting point for those wondering what a "christian worldview" looks like.
Lisa Swaboda
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I frequently associate w/intellectual secularists who go round & round in circles in an effort to cause me to hurl from the merry go round out of sheer dizziness. How convoluted & superficial they can be and yet, I'm left dancing like a squirrel trying to get inside their heads until Francis & his explanations came along. It honestly never occurred to me that they're running from despair, but so much makes sense now. How sad to not have a ground to stand on. How blessed we are as Christians ...more
Sep 03, 2019 added it
Hello Lisa! Thank You for these recommendations. As it just so happens... I was reading Francis Schaeffer when I was a junior and senior in high school. Schaeffer had a HUGE influence on me which I remain grateful for to this day. It was because of Schaeffer that I knew I wanted to study philosophy AND because of Schaeffer that I wanted to study philosophy at Wheaton College (which I did... for 2 years, anyway). Another very important work of Schaeffer's - one which really anticipated the work o ...more
Steve Allison
Read the God Who Is There and Escape from Reason during the fall of 1972. He is There and He is Not Silent by the next summer. I learned a lot from these books and enjoyed reading them. One thing I took away was that he gave a reasonable basis of why baby boomers were different from the previous generations. We had grown up with TV and under different conditions hence the changes in our perceptions and ways of thinking. My later reading of Marshall McLuhan would further clarify and explain this. ...more
David Tenniswood
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thick—meaning difficult to read/follow. Don’t know if it’s his writing or my slowness but it was a struggle. It’s very philosophical, basically a history of philosophy from a Christian perspective. I read it because John Piper said the first book had an influence on him.

Schaeffer is trying to get at why modern people have no meaning and no hope and why Christianity is the only system that gives meaning and hope. He seems to say that we need to understand modern people’s philosophical underpinnin
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The unexamined life is not worth living, but that is often our case today. Schaeffer takes an honest look at why the culture of the latter half of the 20th century must live an unexamined life in order to function in the world as we know and experience it. He explores the problems that come out of questioning and doubting our ability to reason, and why philosophy had no choice but to began questioning it in the first place. He asks the question: what is left to us if these assumptions lead to ei ...more
Aria Maher
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A deep, thoughtful exploration of modern thought and belief, contrasted with Christian faith and truth. I found this book to be both extremely interesting and extremely enlightening, as it delves into difficult ideas like the meaning of life and the purpose of man. This book was written almost twenty years ago, so some of the things he talks about, which would have been very current in the culture back then, are a bit obscure to me. However, I enjoyed it anyway, and it was certainly very thought ...more
Chris Leroux
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a lot harder to read than I was expecting. Schaefer goes into extensive analysis, but the structure and pacing is very unpredictable and a lot of his writing is at times a struggle to adjust to. Some points also feel rather dated for being such a recent philosophical book. For those interested, read a summary and save yourself the time and effort.
D. Ryan
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the God who is there 10 years ago, and escape from reason just now. Escape from reason was really short and really tight.
Reese Anderson
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Insightful and thoughtful dive into ideas that shape our culture’s presuppositions regarding the existence and the character of God.
Eric Berard
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book covering so many subjects. Schaeffer heirs the arts and all of human life. Ultimately he helps to define what is Christian and what is not
David Washington
Jul 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians interested in philosophy and cultural development.
I have long been a fan of Francis Schaeffer. I was introduced to him around the late 90s/early 2000s. The first book I ever read by him was How Shall We Then Live? which basically made my mind swim. Some time later I tackled The God Who Is There, another book that made my noggin do somersaults. I've returned with a new mindset and a perspective as I have grown in my walk with Christ since I read those works, hence my foray into another one of his seminal works, Escape From Reason.

Reading Schaef
Katelynn Richardson
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This was insightful, right from page one. It’s easy to see how foundational this book is to many other recent Christian thinkers.

Trilogy includes Francis Schaeffer’s three foundational books. It's basically a Christian take on philosophy, from classical antiquity to enlightenment thinking to the modern era. It was eye-opening to read as he outlined how philosophy trickles into every aspect of culture, from art, to music, to theology, etc.

Schaeffer is very passionate about having proper ep
Samuel Tran
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly helpful and insightful inquiry into the development of modern thought, both secular and religious. His "book with missing pages" illustration is a fantastic analogy for how reason and revelation go hand in hand.
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This was the series that turned me on to developing a Christian worldview. In his trilogy, Schaeffer shows how all people show that they need absolutes (e.g. Love, Justice, Morals, Meaning, Purpose, Value, etc.), but they find despair when they turn away from the infinite-personal God of the Bible to find them (Romans 1:20-24). They either hold a rational worldview without absolutes (which they can't live with), or they hold an irrational worldview that cannot actually support absolutes (which a ...more
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This volume contains THE three books EVERY person should read. These books literally changed my life! Schaeffer, more philosopher-historian than Biblical exegete, looks at art, theology, music, literature, and philosophy in different ages and traces the movement of their thought-patterns and ideologies through time to show how they influenced each other and lead to today and what we think and how we think now. After reading these books, you will understand not only what the world-view and messag ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The most clarifying christian philosophy i've ever read. I was struggling with my faith and nothing was even coming close to pulling me back from slipping deeper into an abyss of pointless exsistence, which led quickly to self-destruction. I highly recommend this and other works by the man that's been referred to as, "the greatest christian philosopher of the 20th century". He guides with absolute truth and reveals how many commonly used popular christian thoughts are completely unfounded and e ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The format is a challenge. As three separate books, reading them in succession in short order is tiring. They overlap topics frequently and could stand for some editing as a result. In terms of content, Dr. Schaefer is spot on in his rhetoric. I especially enjoyed his appendix on apologetics after The God Who Is There. He Is There And He Is Not Silent was also excellent on explaining the place of epistemology and linguistic analysis in modern society and how we overcome it as a Christian.
Matt Sylvester
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Great insights on areas of philosophy such as epistemology, metaphysics and ethics. Profound Christian thinker and evangelist who understood the nature of thought and the implications of various world views. Only downside, reading the books as a trilogy made for frequent overlap in thought and at times annoyingly repetitive.
Fernando J.
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book helped me build a solid worldview in the midst of a very intellectually challenging environment. Francis Schaeffer has been called a modern-day prophet. His insights into man's philosophies and how they are addressed in scripture is a very rare gift from the LORD. I would highly recommend this volume to anyone interested in philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, etc).
Larry Loftis
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Some of the best thinking from one of the greatest minds of our time. If you are a C.S. Lewis fan, Schaeffer is even better. Like Lewis's, Schaeffer's works can be read again and again, each time as meaningful and poignant as the last.

If you ask, "What's it all about, Alfie?", this is your book/collection.
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this is a collection of three of schaeffer's books and i'm reading the second one right now. schaeffer was really ahead of his time and his books are so relevant even decades later. his grasp of modern man is very insightful.
William Dicks
The three books in this trilogy are the foundation to Francis Schaeffer's thinking. If all you read of Francis Schaeffer, then it should be this trilogy.

I have now read this trilogy twice, and it is just as captivating as it was the first time! A must read!
Charles Bell
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Have read the books as singles but had to have the Trilogy in one volume.
John Lowery
Oct 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. I keep returning to this master work.
Chuck Bonadies
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A must read for those interested in a Christian worldview.
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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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