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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,975 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Francis A. Schaeffer Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the 20th century, Francis Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. In this brilliant book, he analyzed the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presented the only viable alternative: living by the Christian ethic, acceptance of God's revelation, and total affirmation of the Bible's morals, values, and meaning.

How Should We Then Live? has become the benchmark for Christian worldview thinking today. This edition commemorates the 50th anniversary of L'Abri Fellowship, founded by Francis and Edith Schaeffer. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 2/12/2014

    " I probably came to this book too late in life for it to have had the profound effect on me that I've heard so many others claim. I'm grateful mostly for the survey of the history of Western culture. I will plan to read it again at some time and am confident that I'll see much that eluded me the first time around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caron | 2/1/2014

    " Helpful to read alongside the video series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tolivar Wills | 1/26/2014

    " One of my all Ike favorites!!! Schaefer was decades ahead of the intellectual! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/24/2014

    " Drawing on 40 years study in Theology, Philosophy, History, sociology and the arts....Dr Schaeffer thoroughly looks at the Christian ethic and finds it to be a solid enough system of guidance, wisdom, and spiritual clarity to carry the most abject and rebellious of us....catapulting over to eternity. I especially challenge the atheist to view Christian thought from a delightfully rational perspective. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathanael | 1/14/2014

    " Remarkable insight from a remarkable book. Schaeffer is not content with analyzing the current state of things; he wants to trace the development of it, starting with Rome, through the Renaissance, and through the rise and fall of modernism. A classic of presuppositional apologetics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James Wirshing | 1/9/2014

    " While this is a well-researched, fact-based historical chronology of how western civilization has progressed -- and where it has taken some detours -- over the past 2,000 years, it is challenging to read. Some of the esoteric discussion seems geared toward academics. Certainly, none of it is written for the casual reader. If you don't have a love of philosophy and/or history, spend your time reading something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 1/4/2014

    " I disagree with his views on "modern" jazz and rock music. Other than that, FAS is my homie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 1/1/2014

    " One of remarkable books, beautiful, clearly and spirituality. I really enjoy reading Francis A. Schaeffer's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/25/2013

    " Great book! I recommend it highly. Written in the '70s Schaeffer is extremely prophetic in the last few chapters about our current day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell | 11/27/2013

    " How can I give this anything other than five stars? It is perhaps one of the most important books of the past 50 years, and is essential for anyone seeking to understand why society is the way it is and the feelings of isolation experienced by modern man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leonard Houx | 11/26/2013

    " Even when I was 19, I gathered that this book was pretty crap. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marjorie | 11/11/2013

    " This is truly a great book. It has to go on my favorites list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taylor | 9/2/2013

    " Really good, although Schaeffer should've been bolder in presenting Christian historical optimism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justin Shockley | 7/6/2013

    " easily one of the most profound, important and lifechanging books I have ever read in my entire life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Risner | 4/29/2013

    " Ahead of his time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aronkai | 9/26/2012

    " This book made me think. I gave me tools to analyze humanism. Schaeffer has ability to take complex ideas, and reduce them to some basic questions. He also was able to see in 1976 what some of the applications of the philosophical ideas would be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eric | 7/9/2012

    " Parts of this were really heavy, mainly because it was about art in culture -- which didn't interest me. The parts that veered into history and philosophy were very interesting, but I need to read parts of it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marsh | 3/23/2012

    " I read this in college and really liked it then, so I wanted to reread it now that I'm older. I didn't realize that it was basically a history book, and I love history, so I'm really liking this reread of a classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Myron | 2/5/2012

    " The culture war from a biblical perspective. Only the idiosyncratic Schaeffer who lived his life in urban America and rural Switzerland could write so expressively yet clearly. Doesn't the confession of faith in Christ demand a vocal engagement with culture by God's people? A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 T Taylor | 10/16/2011

    " This book helped answer that question for me. Changed me. Thanks, Frankie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 5/10/2011

    " read back in the late 1970s - early 80s. Need to dig it out and re-read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven Dunn | 5/3/2011

    " This book re-evaluated a large portion of my thinking and worldview. Schaeffer is my top apologist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 3/6/2011

    " A must read! I love Shaeffer's way of clarifying history's events and how it all points to the existence of a God who not only created us, but loves us today and always. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Leonard | 3/6/2011

    " Even when I was 19, I gathered that this book was pretty crap. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 2/10/2011

    " Loved it. Brought so much sense to my faith and offered me challenges in living my life in a more God-centered way "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joanne | 12/20/2010

    " Originally published in 1976. Subtitle: The rise and decline of Western thought and culture. If you aren't motivated to read the whole book, at least read the last 3 chapters. Its predictions for the state of our culture--made 30 years ago--are proving to be eerily accurate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanne | 10/19/2010

    " Excellent introduction to a Christian worldview. A broad foundation for one's perspective of history, polictics, art etc. Francis Schaeffer is a brilliant christian philosopher who offers amazing insight in this book. Easy enough to read for the novice yet deeply profound. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/17/2010

    " Superb if you want to undersatnd the development of western thought as it manifests itself in art and culture generally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 9/23/2010

    " It's the history of Western civilization that nobody teaches anymore. I'm grateful for that, but I certainly needed to remind myself of the gospel for some hope after I finished it. Our culture is in a depressing place. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 7/19/2010

    " Definitive book on "the Rise and Decline of Western Thought" "

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About the Author
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.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received thirty Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.