What is existentialism?

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How Should We then Live Episode 7 small (Age of Nonreason)

#02 How Should We Then Live? (Promo Clip) Dr. Francis Schaeffer

The clip above is from episode 9 THE AGE OF PERSONAL PEACE AND AFFLUENCE

10 Worldview and Truth

In above clip Schaeffer quotes Paul’s speech in Greece from Romans 1 (from Episode FINAL CHOICES)

Two Minute Warning: How Then Should We Live?: Francis Schaeffer at 100

A Christian Manifesto Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR

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So many people are living lives with an existentialism worldview even though they don’t know what the word existentialism means. I love the works of Francis Schaeffer and I have been on the internet reading several blogs that talk about Schaeffer’s work and the work below  on what existentialism is thought to be was really helpful. Schaeffer’s film series “How should we then live?  Wikipedia notes, “According to Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live traces Western history from Ancient Rome until the time of writing (1976) along three lines: the philosophic, scientific, and religious.[3] He also makes extensive references to art and architecture as a means of showing how these movements reflected changing patterns of thought through time. Schaeffer’s central premise is: when we base society on the Bible, on the infinite-personal God who is there and has spoken,[4] this provides an absolute by which we can conduct our lives and by which we can judge society.  Here are some posts I have done on this series: Francis Schaeffer’s “How should we then live?” Video and outline of episode 10 “Final Choices” episode 9 “The Age of Personal Peace and Affluence”episode 8 “The Age of Fragmentation”episode 7 “The Age of Non-Reason” episode 6 “The Scientific Age”  episode 5 “The Revolutionary Age” episode 4 “The Reformation” episode 3 “The Renaissance”episode 2 “The Middle Ages,”, and  episode 1 “The Roman Age,” .

In the film series “WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE?” the arguments are presented  against abortion (Episode 1),  infanticide (Episode 2),   euthanasia (Episode 3), and then there is a discussion of the Christian versus Humanist worldview concerning the issue of “the basis for human dignity” in Episode 4 and then in the last episode a close look at the truth claims of the Bible.

Francis Schaeffer

Best answer chosen by readers is this:

Existentialism is more a worldview than a society or group. It is too broad a philosophical perspective to be talked about as having a membership. In other words there are probably wide disagreements between people holding existentialist views.”At the heart of existentialism is the belief that existence has precedence over essence. All existentialists hold this view in some form. They differ in other respects, but most existentialists, especially atheists, tend to accept certain other propositions…. Meaning and value are found in being, living, willing, and acting. Form essence, and structure are irrelevant and valueless. Meaning and values are created not discovered.” (Geisler, 1999)My take on modern existentialism – it has become a worldview attempting to reconcile what cannot be reconciled. Existentialism is trapped between a Darwinian materialist conviction that matter is all that is real, yet having a very real experiential belief that life must have meaning and purpose. Modern existentialism tries to have its cake and eat it too.I say this cannot be reconciled because it is mutually exclusive. Life is either what materialist conclude it to be (a random collection of atoms bouncing around the universe) or an existence with a purpose we must discover. But this purpose if it is real must transcend or be objective to existence. For the Theist this is no problem because we believe the evidence supports the very real existence of a transcendent creator who imparts meaning to creation.A good book you can find in the local library that speaks to this subject is “He is There and He is Not Silent” by Francis Schaeffer

Source(s):

Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics – 1999 Baker Books Grand Rapids

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