How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

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Francis Schaeffer's Classic Analysis of the Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture

As one of the foremost evangelical thinkers of the twentieth century, Francis A. Schaeffer long pondered the fate of declining Western culture. Profoundly aware of the similarities modern culture shares with societies that came before, Schaeffer embarked on a journey to uncover the movements that gave rise to modern culture and resulted in the decline of the Christian worldview.

Forty years later, his classic book How Should We Then Live? is as relevant today as it was when it was first published. Schaeffer argues that the erosion of society begins with a shift away from biblical truth. To support this claim, he walks readers through history, beginning with the fall of Rome, through the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, and up to the twentieth century. This latest edition analyzes the reasons for modern society's state of affairs and presents the solution: living by the Christian ethic, fully accepting God's revelation, and affirming the morals, values, and meaning of the Bible.

  • A Theology Classic: Written by renowned Christian philosopher Francis A. Schaeffer
  • For Those Interested in Philosophy and History: Engages with the ideas of Plato, John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, and Voltaire, and examines the art, architecture, and ideas that shaped modern society
  • Explores the Importance of a Christian Worldview: A practical assessment of the evolution of culture and the steadfast alternative offered by the biblical perspective


Author: Francis A. Schaeffer
Publisher: Crossway
Published: 03/22/2022
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.95lbs
Size: 8.40h x 5.40w x 1.20d
ISBN: 9781433576911

About the Author

Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984) authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into several languages and have sold millions globally. He and his wife, Edith, founded the L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Schaeffer passed away in 1984 but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.