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The Essentials Of Francis
on August 3, 2000
This is a trilogy worth having. The books were written after a series of lectures given by Francis Schaffer. As a philosopher, Schaffer is minimual. He doesn't fully explain certain ideas well enough like the law of non-contradiction and sometimes his syllogism are muddled and other possibilities seem to be left out. However,there are many good things in this book.
He does a pretty good job in tacking how in the world , we the church, "gave over" the intellectual culture to the secular world. This he does with extreme effectiveness. His chapter on "The Importance of Truth" and his theme of "the line of despair" are important concepts and he again is effective in communicating these ideas to the reader.
Reading Schaeffer is not an easy task. One always gets the feeling that engaging him in converstaion would be, to put it mildy, a "blast." When reading his materials, however, the communcative style is static and at times, long winded. Overall, his thesis works and the book is enjoyable as the reader agrees one moment and disagrees the next. I enjoyed the book very much and desire to give it a higher rating, but, it is not written well enough.