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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (161 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francis A. Schaeffer Narrator: Nick Bernard Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455170425
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In this provocative book, Franky Schaeffer shows how Christians today have sacrificed the cultural prominence they enjoyed for so many centuries, settling instead for mediocrity. This sad state of affairs is evidenced by the kind of cheap kitsch that represents Christianity today: trinkets, tee shirts, and bumper stickers that put the name of the Creator of the universe on the same level as a soda pop brand name. Schaeffer goes on to criticize the representation of Christianity in the media, arguing that, “whenever Christians, particularly evangelicals, have attempted to ‘reach the world’” through these mediums, “the thinking public gets the firm idea that, like soup in a bad restaurant, Christian’s brains are best left unstirred.” Finally, Schaeffer shows how Christians can begin to reverse the slide toward mediocrity by demanding excellence in the arts, the media, and in all areas of life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bcoghill Coghill | 1/20/2014

    " Dated. Things have moved on, you need not read this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sean | 9/27/2013

    " I mostly read this as a prelude to his memoir Crazy for God but it does offer some insight into the triteness of Christian culture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 7/3/2013

    " While I agree with the premise of this book, I personally found it to be an overlong read, despite its already short (127 pages) length. Once you reach agreement with the book's basic propositions, the rest seems somewhat repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 christi. | 11/18/2012

    " Reccomend to anyone. Christian or skeptic, artist or athlete this book is wonderful. Gave me confidence again to pursue what the Creater designed me to create....still working on the whole confidence thing though ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Hemmeke | 1/4/2012

    " Pretty good book, though I can't say much good for the guy now, as he is trashing his parents without cause... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 9/13/2011

    " Gave me some stuff to think about. Enjoyed it. Too bad he has pretty much abandoned the faith. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 11/5/2010

    " I only got a few pages in. This book wasn't what I was expecting it to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/15/2010

    " If I remember, this book was written decades ago. Agreed with some of the points made in it. Sadly, some of his cultural commentary still aplies, decades later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/7/2009

    " a stinging indictment on the state of Christianity and the Arts. The artistic vision of Schaeffer is lacking however. Great critique, though "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damian Kinsella | 1/2/2009

    " A good book, several strong statements that weren't as obvious at the time of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Fowler | 11/16/2008

    " Slightly repetitive but an important message. Is there an updated edition? This needs rewriting with more modern examples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M. Lawrence | 9/1/2008

    " Really liked this one. A great critique on the sad state of Evangelical Christianity and the Arts in our day. Fortunately there are strong movements out there to counteract this trend, but it can still be seen today. Just visit your local Christian bookstore sometime. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 1/26/2008

    " Decent content...but 'old news' by now. This thinking has been pretty established in churches now, but I think we see new problems, which this couldn't forsee, arising. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 11/14/2006

    " It was an okay book. Few interesting ideas about the correlation between the arts and the church. Brings attention to the lack of focus in Christian culture on this issue. "

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Author Francis A. Schaeffer

Francis A. Schaeffer (1912–1984) was an American Evangelical Christian theologian, Presbyterian pastor, and philosopher. He wrote more than twenty books on Christianity and culture, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L’Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. He received many honorary degrees, including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1983 from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law, Anaheim, California, in recognition of his apologetic writings and ministry.