I just finished Schaeffer’s seminal work this evening. In this work, Schaeffer brings us into the world of art, language, music, literature, distributes each through there respective philosophical frameworks. In doing so traces the excising of God and true truth from society, the import of eastern mysticism, theological liberalism, many and varied (yet hopelessly inadequate) secular philosophies.
Just a few highlights:
From Chapter 2, The First Step in the Line of Despair, he introduces German philosopher Hegel. Before Hegel:
truth, in the sense antithesis, is related to the idea of cause and effect. Cause and effect produces a chain reaction which goes strait on in a horizontal line. With the coming of Hegel this changed.
Instead of logical cause and effect, thesis and antithesis, he emphasized synthesis. According to Schaeffer’s very brief introduction, the Hegel’s attempt to synthesize thesis and antithesis through reason failed.
Which lead to Christian Existentialist Søren Kierkegaard, who Schaeffer places as the first below what he calls, the line of despair. How? He, like Hegel, could not make synthesis work by reason, he postulated that important decisions can only be determined by what has since been coined ‘a leap of faith.’ And this gave birth to the modern disparity between faith and reason.
Thanks Søren. Jerk.