Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 12-3-2011

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

Social Sciences

Primary Subject Area

History, African; History, European; History, General

Keywords

Francis, Schaeffer, Francis Schaeffer, God, McGrath, Alister, Alister McGrath, Steven Toulmin, Jacques Turgot, Turgot, Voltaire, Diderot, D'Alembert, Immanuel Kant, Kant, Ethics, World View, Condorcet, Apologetics, Deism, Postmodernism, Modernism, Mondernity, Rationalism, Progress, Progressivism, History, Philosophy, Enlightenment, Protestant Reformation, Reformation, Humanism, Barbarism, Development, Christian, Faith, Science, Religion, Romanticism, Society, Evolution, Bury, J. Burry, Morality, Relativism, Relative Morality

Abstract

The Enlightenment doctrine of progressivism, and Francis Schaeffer’s Christian worldviews could hardly be more different. This thesis critiques the Enlightenment doctrine from the perspective of Francis Schaeffer through some of his most notable works. Specifically, this thesis explores the doctrine of progressivism, the idea that man and or society are constantly improving and getting better. The primary Enlightenment authors will include Voltaire, Hume, Locke, Rousseau, Turgot, and Kant. Francis Schaeffer’s counterarguments and perspective will be shown through The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer, a five-volume collection of his various works.

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