Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: His Approach to Apologetics – Part 6

Christian Apologetics: Two Purposes Francis Schaeffer’s holds a rather basic view concerning apologetics.  He explains there are two purposes of Christian apologetics.  “The first is defense.  The second is to communicate Christianity in a way that any given generation can understand” (The God Who Is There, 151). Schaeffer begins his approach to apologetics by pointing […]

Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: Epistemology – Part 5

The Importance of Presuppositions Dr. Schaeffer’s epistemology is integral to his approach to apologetics and may be described simply as follows: First, one must understand that pagan thought endorses a belief in the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system.  Propositional and verbal revelation is nonsense in this scheme.  Christian epistemology stands in starkContinue reading “Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: Epistemology – Part 5”

Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: Consequences of Pitting Rationality Against Faith – Part 4

The decisive result of falling below the line of despair is a pitting of rationality against faith.  Schaeffer sees this as an enormous problem and details four consequences in his book, Escape From Reason. Pitting Rationality Against Faith First, when rationality contends against faith, one is not able to establish a system of morality.  It […]

Why Francis Schaefer Matters: The Line of Despair – Part 3

 The Loss of Antithesis The loss of antithesis in American culture led to what Dr. Schaeffer coined the “line of despair” or giving up all hope of achieving a rational unified answer to knowledge and life.  Schaeffer outlines what he believes are the various steps below this line of despair.  He begins with the GermanContinue reading “Why Francis Schaefer Matters: The Line of Despair – Part 3”

Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Turning Point in Truth – Part 2

The Truth Crisis Francis Schaeffer sets the tone for his apologetical procedure by explaining the crisis of truth in America:  “We are fundamentally affected by a new way of looking at truth.  This change in the concept of the way we come to knowledge and truth is the most crucial problem facing America today” (The […]

Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: An Introduction – Part 1

Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984) may very well be one of the most important Christian thinkers of the twentieth century.  Schaeffer graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary and was heavily influenced by J. Gresham Machen, Cornelius Van Til, and the Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper. In 1948, after a ten year pastorate in the United States, he […]

Men and Women in the Church – Kevin DeYoung (2021)

Kevin DeYoung, Men and Women in the Church (Wheaton: Crossway Books 2021), 170 pp. One of the most contested issues in the church in recent days concerns the role of men and women in the church. What are they commanded to do? What are they prohibited from doing? The chief question among many people isContinue reading “Men and Women in the Church – Kevin DeYoung (2021)”

Recovering the Lost Art of Reading – Leland Ryken and Glenda Faye Mathes

Leland Ryken and Glenda Faye Mathes, Recovering the Lost Art of Reading (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2021), 296 pp. Reading has fallen on hard times. Technology and all things visual have led to a steady decline of the written page. Leland Ryken and Glenda Faye Mathes have something to say about this problem in their book,Continue reading “Recovering the Lost Art of Reading – Leland Ryken and Glenda Faye Mathes”

Embodied – Gregg R. Allison

Gregg R. Allison, Embodied (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2021), 260. Embodied: Living as Whole People in a Fractured World by Gregg R. Allison addresses a crucial matter that impacts every person. While every systematic theology addresses the issue of embodiment, few tackle this subject with the skill and precision that Dr. Allison does here. AllisonContinue reading “Embodied – Gregg R. Allison”

The New Creation and the Storyline of Scripture – Frank Thielman (2021)

Frank Thielman, The New Creation and the Storyline of Scripture (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2021), 142 pp. The New Creation and the Storyline of Scripture by Frank Thielman is the most recent installment in Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology. The goal of this series, according to the editors is “to magnify the Savior and buildContinue reading “The New Creation and the Storyline of Scripture – Frank Thielman (2021)”