Publication Date

Fall 12-3-2011


College of Arts and Sciences


Social Sciences

Primary Subject Area

History, African; History, European; History, General


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


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.