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The God Who Is There

Author: Francis A. Schaeffer
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First Published in 1968 by: London, Inter-Varsity Fellowship - (Library of Congress)
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Schaeffer moves the reader on a journey below the "line of despair" and shows the immense monolith of Liberalism. Thereafter, he reasserts the Lordship of Christ in the whole of Christian life. As the title suggest, revealing "The God Who Is There" into the Twentieth Century setting.


The God Who Is There originated from Schaeffer's early lectures called Speaking the Historic Christian Position Into the 20th Century. Schaeffer remarks on this a section in an Introduction to Francis Schaeffer, called How I Have Come to Write My Books. He recalls that after studying and lecturing in numerous places where he had opened the meetings to discussion, Schaeffer began to formulate a specific message.

"...gradually a message came forward which I began to use in various places. I called it "Speaking Historic Christianity into the Twentieth-Century World. I gave this lecture at numerous universities, including Harvard and MIT. After I presented it at Wheaton College, they put it out in a pamphlet form. That was the first thing to come out in print. when I saw that this was really a rather extensive piece, I knew I had in my hands something the Lord could use to give the gospel to my own generation." - Francis Schaeffer, How I Have Come to Write My Books

The "pamphlet" Schaeffer mentions is was a 131 page book that contained elements and themes of many of Schaeffer's early works. Another booklet based on this lecture series with a similar title called Historic Christianity and Twentieth-Century Man was likewise released by Westmont College in 1965.

At some point during the writing of these first books, Schaeffer is known to have asked Betty-Mae Carlson (an artist in residence at L'Abri) to show him how to write a book. Up until this time he had only written sermons, lectures, Bible studies, and a few booklets. Betty recounts in her own self-deprecating way, "Imagine, that brilliant man, asking dumb-old me how to write a book?"

The God Who Is There, although eventually arranged as the first book of Schaeffer's Trilogy, due to a publishing fluke was published second. after Escape From Reason. Schaeffer indicates in an earlier published article that starts similar in wording to the above mentioned How I Have Come to Write My Books called Why And How I Write My Books published a year earlier in Eternity Magazine, Vol. 24, March 1973, pp. 64f. the publishing fluke that caused this mix up.

"All my books from that time on have flowed out from the first book. (The God Who Is There was written even before Escape From Reason, although through a publisher's fluke the latter came out first.)" - Francis Schaeffer, Why And How I Write My Books


Francis Schaeffer Studies has an extensive collection of quotes for each of Francis and Edith's various works. When available, this section contains quotes that help give you a sense of the book content.

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"In much of modern thinking, all antithesis and all the order of God’s creation is to be fought against--including the male-female distinctions. The pressure toward unisex is largely rooted here. But this is not an isolated problem; it is a part of the world-spirit of the generation which surrounds us." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

Keywords: homosexuality, antithesis, unisex

"Some forms of homosexuality today are of a similar nature, in that they are not just homosexuality but a philosophic expression. One must have understanding for the real homophile’s problem. But much modern homosexuality is an expression of the current denial of antithesis." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

Keywords: homosexuality, antithesis

"Men must know that with integrity we have faced the reality of the dark path they are treading." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

Keywords: darkness

"I do not think Kierkegaard would be happy, or would agree, with what has developed from his thinking in either secular or religious existentialism." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

Keywords: Kierkegaard, Existentialism


Francis Schaeffer Studies has done extensive studies on the works of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. When available, in this section you will find class materials and resources to enhance your exploration!

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In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals!

For over thirty years The God Who Is There has been the landmark book that changed the way the church sees the world. In Francis Schaeffer's remarkable analysis, we learn where the clashing ideas about God, science, history and art came from and where they are going.

Now this completely retypeset edition includes a new introduction by James W. Sire that places Schaeffer's seminal work in the context of the intellectual turbulence of the early twenty-first century. More than ever, The God Who Is There demonstrates how historic Christianity can fearlessly confront the competing philosophies of the world.

The God who has always been there continues to provide the anchor of truth and the power of love to meet the world's deepest problems.