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by Francis A. Schaeffer

eBook He is There and He is Not Silent download ISBN: 0340163836
Author: Francis A. Schaeffer
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton; No Statement of Edition, edition (1972)
Language: English
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He Is There and He Is Not Silent is a philosophical work written by American apologist and Christian theologian Francis A. Schaeffer, Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House, first published in 1972

He Is There and He Is Not Silent is a philosophical work written by American apologist and Christian theologian Francis A. Schaeffer, Wheaton, IL:Tyndale House, first published in 1972. It is Book Three in Volume One of The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer A Christian Worldview. Westchester, IL:Crossway Books, 1982. This is the third book of Francis Schaeffer's "Trilogy.

He Is There and He Is Not Silent discusses fundamental questions about God, such as who he is and why he matters. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Francis Schaeffer was a brilliant apologist

Francis Schaeffer was a brilliant apologist. In this book, he provides some very convincing arguments why it is quite rational to believe in the existence of God. He lays out metaphysical, moral and epistemological reasons for the existence of an infinite, uncreated God. He shows how no philosophical or religious system other than Christianity can adequately provide the answers about life.

Schaeffer’s argument is tighter and he doesn’t get sidetracked on philosophical issues that are beyond his .

Schaeffer’s argument is tighter and he doesn’t get sidetracked on philosophical issues that are beyond his capacity. I found this book more difficult than Escape from Reason and for some reason I skipped The God Who is There, which I will have to pick up. Schaeffer outlines For a long time I have felt that presuppositional apologetics and classic apologetics, when done and held rightly, can be mutually supporting. Presuppositions feed facts. But facts, the way the world is, feed our presuppositions as well.

He points out that the universe is only necessarily silent if it is impersonal. However, if it had a personal beginning and personality existed prior to the material universe, then we have the possibility of communication to man of values that are universal and absolute. English (UK) · Русский · Українська · Suomi · Español.

He starts this process by pointing out that "no man can live without a worldview; therefore there is no man .

He starts this process by pointing out that "no man can live without a worldview; therefore there is no man who is not a philosopher. He then shows that today's postmodern thought that says objective truth doesn't exist leaves us only with chaos. Schaeffer's book was a godsend to me, answering and echoing the questions that rang in my mind when trying to figure out what it really means to be a follower of Christ, and whether or not being one entails leaving reason behind in favor of revelation. This work goes a long way in answering the questions of HOW I know what I know; and exposing presuppositions about the nature of the universe that shape our thinking.

Francis Schaeffer believed passionately that Christianity is the truth about the universe in which we live. God is there, and he is not silent. God is not an idea projected from our minds, or from our longings, onto the giant screen of the heavens, a kind of superhuman created to meet our needs. God is not a thought in the system of a philosopher who cannot cope with having no answers to the dilemmas of our human existence.

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huckman
Schaffer's classical work speaks to the 21st century Christian. His voice recorded through pen and publication calls us live a dynamic faith that invites others to seek the God who is there and is not silent. We must seriously hold to a Christian worldview if we are to remain salt and light. Schaffer helps us shape such a worldview by inviting us to continue to shape ourselves, our communities, our world. This must be required reading for every college freshman.
Vudozilkree
I first read He is There and He is Not Silent by Francis Schaeffer in 1992. Multiple readings have ensued and I turn back to Schaeffer's book again and again for help with apologetics.

Schaeffer argues for three basic areas of philosophical thought: metaphysics (being or existence), morals (the dilemma of man), and epistemology (the problem of knowing). Philosophy and religion are essentially devoted to the same questions, namely, metaphysics, morals, and epistemology.

Philosophy is concerned with either an academic subject or a person's worldview. It is the later, that Schaeffer is concerned with in this volume. Schaeffer contends that every man is a philosopher of sorts because it is impossible for humans to live without a worldview.

METAPHYSICS

There are three basic answers to the question of metaphysics. The first answer is that "everything that exists has come out of absolutely nothing." Naturalism's answer suggests no energy, no mass, no motion, and no personality. This answer is, as Schaeffer calls it, "nothing, nothing."

The second answer is that everything had an impersonal beginning. This answer leads automatically to reductionism. "Beginning with the impersonal must be explained in terms of the impersonal plus time plus chance," writes Schaeffer. This answer poses many problem. But the two primary problems fail to answer the major philosophical question: the need for unity and the need for diversity.

The third answer is the biblical answer. The third answer is the only rational and satisfying answer. This answer suggests that we must begin with a personal beginning. And to have an adequate answer of a personal beginning, one must have a personal infinite God, and personal unity and diversity in God (found the holy Trinity).

Schaeffer concludes: "The reason we have the metaphysical answer is because the infinite-personal God, the full Trinitarian God is there and he is not silent."

MORALS

There are only two basic answers to the question of morals. The first: Everything had an impersonal beginning. The is the answer of atheism. Schaeffer never minces words. He writes, "Beginning with the impersonal, there is no explanation for the complexity of the universe or the personality of man." When one begins with the impersonal, one eliminates the possibility of morals or ethics.

The second answer is the biblical reality of a personal beginning. Man was created by an infinite-personal God. Man sinned or "made a decision to change himself" as Schaeffer notes.

"The starting point," writes Schaeffer "to the answer (of the question of morals) as with metaphysics is the fact that God is there and he is not silent."

EPISTEMOLOGY

Schaeffer concludes by setting forth the problem concerning epistemology and the epistemological answer.

The epistemological problem concerns the tension between nature (particulars) and grace (universals). When nature becomes autonomous, the universal is lost with the hope of giving the particulars meaning. The problem is that when nature becomes autonomous, nature "eats up" grace. Schaeffer argues that when we are left with only particulars, we become lost in the areas of metaphysics, morality, and epistemology.

The epistemological answer was summarized by the Reformers. The Reformers did not allow for a dichotomy between nature and grace. The reason: they had verbal propositional revelation. The Reformers were vocal about the reality of God's existence and the reality of his revelation. Schaeffer popularized this view in the title of his book, He is There and He is Not Silent. God has spoken truly about himself. However, he has not spoken exhaustively about himself.

Schaeffer urges readers to come face to face with two gigantic presuppositions - "the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system and the uniformity of natural causes in an open system and in a limited time span." Ultimately, readers must determine which worldview fits with the facts.

Schaeffer summarizes, then, the basic presuppositions in historic Christianity.

1. God is there.

2. God is the infinite-personal God who has made man in his image.

3. God made man a verbalizer in the area of propositions in his horizontal communications with other men.

4. God communicates to us on the basis of propositions, viz, he is there and his is not silent.

Schaeffer maintains, "Under the unity of the apex of the infinite-personal God, in all of these areas we can have meaning, we can have reality, and we can have beauty."

He is There and He is Not Silent is an essential work of apologetics. It should be required reading for every Bible College/Seminary student. Schaeffer put his finger on the essential issues of the day - even in the early 70′s and especially in our day.
Thomeena
There are parts of this I could wrap my brain around. I wanted more of a layman's approach to apologetics. This book would probably be required reading in a seminary. I didn't ride into to town on a turnip truck but it's too intellectual for me.
Use_Death
Francis Schaeffer was a brilliant apologist. In this book, he provides some very convincing arguments why it is quite rational to believe in the existence of God. He lays out metaphysical, moral and epistemological reasons for the existence of an infinite, uncreated God. He shows how no philosophical or religious system other than Christianity can adequately provide the answers about life. However, this isn’t the most accessible book; it might be a very difficult read for many people to follow his logic.
Геракл
I have read this book twice and will probably read it again. Schaeffer attempts to confirm Christianity's claim to exclusivity with logic. It is extremely well written but requires some diligence on the part of the reader (at least for me). In my opinion he ultimately fails to prove his point but for anyone interested in the question this book makes a great contribution. If you are trying to understand Christianity and its role in your life and in the world, this is a great book. If you are interested in philosophy and how the various philosophical dead ends have contributed to the dysfuntion of our world, this is a great book.
Malien
Francis Schaeffer was one of the 20th century's top Christian philosophers and apologists. In this short book, Schaeffer discusses the philosophical necessity for a metaphysical explanation, a moral explanation, and an epistemological explanation--from a Christian perspective. It is an important and thoughtful work. In honesty though, I'll have to read it a few more times to fully grasp it. The title is a great summary of the book's argument: God exists and he has spoken.
Quynaus
Most likely, we all have doubters and questioners in our sphere of influence. Schaeffer provides insights that equip us to address the doubts and questions. But the battle can only be engaged and won through our submission to the Holy Spirit's inspiration.
I started reading Schaeffer very recently, and I am so grateful to God for giving us such a brilliant mind, such a compassionate heart. My faith is not a blind faith, it lies in a God that is there and speak to me, because He wants to be known and have given his Word for us to know Him.