The God Who Is There
For over thirty years The God Who Is There has been the landmark book that changed the way the church sees the world. In Francis Schaeffer's remarkable analysis, we learn where the clashing ideas about God, science, history and art came from and where they are going.
Now this completely retypeset edition includes a new introduction by James W. Sire that places Schaeffer's seminal work in the context of the intellectual turbulence of the early twenty-first century. More than ever, The God Who Is There demonstrates how historic Christianity can fearlessly confront the competing philosophies of the world.
The God who has always been there continues to provide the anchor of truth and the power of love to meet the world's deepest problems.
This classic book needs to be read by a new generation that may not know of Schaeffer, and re-read by those who have been influenced by him.
"'This book, and its companion volumes, accomplished something startling and necessary: It made intellectual history a vital part of the evangelical landscape, opening up the worlds particularly of art and philosophy to a subculture that was suspicious and ignorant of both,' writes John Stackhouse, professor of theology and culture at Regent College."
Foreword by James W. Sire
Section I: The Intellectual Cultural Climate of the Second Half of the Twentieth Century
1. The Gulf Is Fixed
2. The First Step in the Line of Despair: Philosophy
3. The Second Step: Art
4. The Third Fourth Steps: Music the General Culture
5. The Unifying Factor in the Steps of Despair
Section II: The Relationship of the New Theology to the Intellectual Climate
1. The Fifth Step: Theology
2. Modern Mysticism: Despair Beyond Despair
3. Modern Mysticism in Action: Art Language
4. Modern Mysticism in Action: Music Literature
5. The Next Phase of Modern Theology
Section III: How Historic Christianity Differs from the New Theology
1. Personality or a Devilish Din
2. Verifiable Facts Knowing
3. The Dilemma of Man
4. God's Answer to Man's Dilemma
5. How Do We Know It Is True?
Section IV: Speaking Historic Christianity into the Twentieth-Century Climate
1. Finding the Point of Tension
2. From the Point of Tension to the Gospel
3. Applying the Gospel
Section V: Pre-evangelism Is No Soft Option
1. Commending the Christian Faith to Our Generation
2. The Importance of Truth
Section VI: Personal Corporate Living into the Twentieth-Century Climate
1. Demonstrating the Character of God
2. The Legal, but Not Only the Legal
Appendix A: The Question of Apologetics
Appendix B: The Problem of Middle-Class Church in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century
Appendix C: The Practice of Truth