Despite our obsession with the emotive and the experiential, we still face perennial existential problems anxiety, despair, purposelessness. How did we get here? And where do we finda remedy? In this modern classic, Francis A. Schaeffer traces trends in twentieth-century thought and unpacks how key ideas have shaped our society. Wide-ranging in his analysis, Schaeffer examines philosophy, science, art and popular culture to identify dualism, fragmentation and the decline of reason. Schaeffer's work takes on a newfound relevance today in his prescient anticipation of the contemporary postmodern ethos. His critique demonstrates Christianity's promise for a new century, one in as much need as ever of purpose and hope. Market/Audience Apologetics buffs CBA readers Students Features and Benefits A new edition of an IVP classic. Traces the modern trends of the despair of reason and the escape into madness. Demonstrates how literature, film, art and music reflect these trends. Offers a Christian response that provides meaning and purpose.