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August 11, 2005

Questioning Francis Schaeffer and Co.

Here's an interesting post at the BHT from Annie Crawford. This is the interesting quote, wherein referring to a Christian text on dinosaurs she writes:

"Wondering if I am again unknowingly duped by something widely known as foolish."

I wonder about that all the time when I read apologists and Christian thinkers. I wonder if Francis Schaeffer and Ravi Zacharias and Nancy Pearcey are really all they're cracked up to be. I think Ravi is ok most days, but as for the other two, sometimes I don't know. I read Pearcey's comments on popular culture and I'm often left with a big "so what?" Isn't Pink Floyd and Igmar Bergman's existentialism a symptom and not a cause?

Am I wrong? I'm not sure. Probably. I usually am wrong about this sort of thing, but I wonder why the writings of folks like these have recieved such little attention outside the evengelical world. Surely it can't all be chalked up to anti-evangelical bias. I'm not sure who I would regard as a good cultural critic in the Catholic world, because it seems like the best culture critics are always classical music and opera nerds. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But why is it that Protestants have such hangups with rock and roll and movies?

Posted by Matt at August 11, 2005 11:47 AM

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In my would be wrong here. :)

Schaeffer, Pearcey, et. al. write about worldview issues (i.e. the bigger picture) and most people don't like to think on this level.

You write "...I wonder why the writings of folks like these have recieved such little attention outside the evengelical world." I'm not so sure if this is correct, but even if it is...why would this be surprising. They are Christians, who claim that the Christian worldview is the only Worldview that can give an account for the world. Why would the "outside" world want to pay attention to these individuals.

You maybe interested in Doug Groothuis' review of Pearcey's book (posted 8/19/05).

Posted by: Jeff Downs at August 20, 2005 08:33 AM