Escape from Reason

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InterVarsity Press, Jan 6, 2007 - Religion - 125 pages
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Despite our obsession with the emotive and the experiential, we still face perennial existential problems anxiety, despair, purposelessness.

How did we get here? And where do we finda 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.

  • Apologetics buffs
  • CBA readers
  • Students

Features and Benefits
  • A new edition of an IVP classic.
  • Traces the modern trends of the despair of reason and the escape into madness.
  • Demonstrates how literature, film, art and music reflect these trends.
  • Offers a Christian response that provides meaning and purpose.

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Review: Escape from Reason: A Penetrating Analysis of Trends in Modern Thought

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Educational, fairly short book about the history of philosophy and worldviews. Helps me understand thinking in today's culture and how it traces back to Aquinas' time. Schaeffer makes the important ... Read full review

Review: Escape from Reason: A Penetrating Analysis of Trends in Modern Thought

User Review  - John Wise - Goodreads

Top 5. The most helpful book I have read explaining the big-picture overview of thought from Thomas Aquinas to the modern day. If you want to know how we got to our current ideological state today ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Francis A. Schaeffer founded the L'Abri Fellowship in Switzerland and was the author of many books, including The God Who Is There. Until his death in 1984, he was also a noted speaker with a worldwide ministry. His ministry continues through his books, with over two million copies in print.

J. P. Moreland (Ph.D., University of Southern California; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary) is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, in La Mirada, California. He also serves as director of Eidos Christian Center. He has written, edited or contributed to twenty books with publishers ranging from Oxford University Press, Routledge, Wadsworth and Prometheus Books to Zondervan and InterVarsity Press. Among his books are Christianity and the Nature of Science, Does God Exist? (with Kai Nielsen) and Philosophical Naturalism: A Critical Analysis. He has also published more than fifty articles in journals such as Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, American Philosophical Quarterly, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Metaphilosophy, Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Religious Studies and Faith and Philosophy. He is a fellow of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture.

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