Book Review: The God Who is There

I just read The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer. I have been intrigued by Schaeffer for a while and this book was on James White’s list in A Mind Fir God.

I will have to admit that I fund the book to be denser than I expected and at times over my head. It seemed like far too often I was having to think harder than I thought I would to try and wrap my mind around the main point of each chapter and the main point of the book. part of this is because I thought the title meant the book was about God being near but it’s more about the change I culture and how we can interact with the world and show them the God who is near.

That sounds like an evangelism book. It wasn’t. It was more of an academic look at the change in mind sets especially the move from antithesis to rationalism across what Schaeffer calls the line of despair.

Schaeffer uses charts and words to shows how we have moved across the line of despair in Europe and America in music, art, philosophy, general culture and theology. I don’t know that I’ve seen a more thorough look at these categories that has shown why they are important to understand for the Christian mind.

I will say it was very helpful for me to be at least familiar with the philosophical names from my time I undergrad to be able to get a better picture of the book.

I enjoyed the book, and it gave me a lot to think about. I would recommend it but I would suggest you prepare yourself academically for it.


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