On the recommendation of James White (of Alpha and Omega Ministries), I’m going to start re-reading the Francis Schaeffer trilogy. The God Who is There and Escape from Reason were published in 1968, while He Is There and He Is Not Silent came along four years later in 1972. Although Schaeffer wrote these books nearly fifty years ago, the ideas he presented help explain where we are today as a culture.
Our society is coming apart at the seams very quickly. The police-involved deaths, along with the assassination of five police officers (not to mention the reactions), brought it to our attention this last week. None of us could have imagined how much things have changed in the last ten years. Calls for unity (“Can’t we all just get along!”) have very little chance of being answered for one simple reason – we no longer share the same worldview. Almost all Americans, until now, have shared the Judeo-Christian worldview, even if they weren’t believers in Christ. That’s no longer true. Schaefer explains why in his trilogy.
I read these books in 1981 or 1982 when I was a very new Christian and found them fascinating. They should be nothing less this time around. White also suggested reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell to further understand the times we live in.