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.
Foreword by J. P. Moreland PrefaceChapter 1 Nature and Grace Aquinas and the Autonomous Painters and Writers Nature Versus Grace Leonardo da Vinci and RaphaelChapter 2 A Unity of Nature and Grace The Reformation and Man More About Man Reformation, Renaissance and Morals The Whole ManChapter 3 Early Modern Science Kant and Rousseau Modern Modern Science Modern Modern Morality Hegel Kierkegaard and the Line of DespairChapter 4 The Leap Secular Existentialism The New Theology Upper Story Experiences Linguistic Analysis and the LeapChapter 5 Art as the Upper Story Leap Poetry: The Later Heidegger Art: Andre Malraux Picasso Bernstein Pornography The Theater of the AbsurdChapter 6 Madness The "Upstairs" in Film and Television Upper Story Mysticism Jesus the Undefined BannerChapter 7 Rationality and Faith The Bible Can Stand on Its Own Beginning from Myself and Yet The Source of the Knowledge We Need The "Leap in the Dark" Mentality The Unchanging in a Changing World Index Index
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.