Breakthrough For Evangelicals

The God Who Is There, by Francis A. Schaeffer (Inter-Varsity Press, 1968, 191 pp., $4.50; paper, $2.50), is reviewed by Clark H. Pinnock, associate professor of theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana.

A cultural event of deep significance for the task of twentieth-century Christian apologetics has taken place in the publication of this startling book. For over a decade now the evangelical world has been dimly aware of the creative ministry of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer in reaching intellectual unbelievers, but has until this year been compelled to learn of his fresh insights into evangelism and theology at second or third hand. This book, along with a smaller one that preceded it by a month or so, Escape From Reason (also Inter-Varsity Press), presents truly revolutionary and original insights into the understanding, communicating, and practicing of the truth of the Gospel. At last an orthodox Protestant has directed the biblical answers toward the contemporary questions without compromising the former or muffling the latter! So often a writer knows either the questions or the answers, but seldom both. The evangelical world at large is culturally barren and needs Dr. Schaeffer to be its teacher. For as John Killinger has written, “When the Church fails to listen to contemporary art, it usually misses the temper and mood of humanity and loses its opportunity to deal with the needs of man at the point where it might most readily have entered into them.”

In The God Who Is There Schaeffer explores the soulscape of modern culture. He discovers a monolithic ethos that despairs of ever finding answers to the human predicament. The dignity of man is related intrinsically ...

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