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30 January 2015

Review: HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE? by Francis Schaeffer

I probably misspelled his name, but I'm not concerned enough to look it up, and that's not the important part anyway.

The important part is that every professing Christian should read this book immediately. Not instead of a Bible, but with a Bible. Check Schaeffer's book against Scripture. Then act like it.

At the surface, it's a book about art, contrasting older works with newer ones. If you never get past that, it's still a very good book, and you'll likely learn to good deal about art and art criticism. It doesn't take a lot of digging to find out it's really a book about worldview.

Worldview is basically the lenses through which we look at the world . An American sees the world very differently than an Australian, though there will be similarities as well. A Han looks at the world differently from a Uyghur, though they both live in China. Men and women have different worldviews. In this book, Schaeffer makes the point that the Christian worldview is different than the non-Christian one, and draws that seemingly simple observation out to its logical conclusion: that Christians should be different from other people.

I can't recommend this book highly enough. I really can't.

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