Pollution and the Death of Man

By Francis A. Schaeffer, Afterword by Udo W. Middelmann

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Pollution and the Death of Man

By Francis A. Schaeffer, Afterword by Udo W. Middelmann

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Francis A. Schaeffer’s Timeless Assessment of a Modern Ecological Crisis 

The earth is home to 7.8 billion people. As this number grows, so does the awareness of a seemingly endless list of environmental concerns threatening their existence—landfills, off-shore spills, toxic wastes, population explosion, and ozone depletion. As each of these concerns are a threat to humanity, how should Christians respond?

Pollution and the Death of Man by Francis A. Schaeffer was first written in 1970, yet it remains relevant as the ecological threats of Schaeffer’s day continue to pose challenges today. Schaeffer studies these contemporary ecological crises through the lens of theology and Scripture, arguing that Christians must return to a profoundly biblical understanding of God’s relationship to the earth and his divine mandate to exercise godly dominion over it.

  • A Christian Classic: Written by renowned philosopher Francis A. Schaeffer
  • Cultural Analysis from a Biblical Perspective: Looks at modern ecological threats through the lens of theology and Scripture
  • Educational: Includes appendices on “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis” by the late American historian Lynn White Jr. and “Why Worry About Nature?” by the late sociologist Richard L. Means 


Francis A. Schaeffer

Francis A. Schaeffer (1912–1984) authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into several languages and have sold millions globally. He and his wife, Edith, founded the L’Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Schaeffer passed away in 1984 but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.

Product Details

Category: Christian Living
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 6.53 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7695-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7695-9
ISBN-UPC: 9781433576959
Case Quantity: 72
Published: March 22, 2022

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: What Have They Done to Our
 Fair Sister?
Chapter 2: 
Pantheism: Man Is No More Than
 the Grass
Chapter 3: Other Inadequate Answers 
Chapter 4: 
The Christian View: Creation
Chapter 5: A Substantial Healing
Chapter 6: The Christian View: The Pilot Plant

Udo Middelmann
Appendix A:
The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis
Lynn White, Jr.
Appendix B:
 Why Worry about Nature?
Richard L. Means

Bibliography of Other Books
General Index
Scripture Index


“In this insightful little book, Schaeffer provides a well-considered theological context for environmental discussions. Christians will differ in particular applications of the principles he expounds, but few will deny that he provides the right framework.”
Fred G. Zaspel, Executive Editor, Books at a Glance; Pastor, Reformed Baptist Church, Franconia, Pennsylvania

“I first read this book over fifty years ago at university. I was a newly converted Christian and Francis Schaeffer was all the rage. The book spoke to an issue as fresh today as it was then—the ecological crisis facing planet earth. Our culture lacks an understanding of origins, purpose, and destiny, and all three are necessary in order to address the issue of saving planet earth. A doctrine of creation fueled by humanity’s moral responsibility as God’s image bearer and driven by the certainty that the cosmos is going to be renewed and transformed is the only culturally relevant idea to properly address the current crisis. Schaeffer was correct then and remains correct today. A massively prophetic book that speaks to our time. Christians should heed what it says.”
Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

“This book is a remarkably sane approach to environmental concerns. Man’s alienation from God leads to other alienations and ruptures, including our failure to responsibly exercise dominion in this world. As Schaeffer shows, Christ overcomes these divisions so that Christians are the world’s true environmentalists who take seriously our responsibility to care for God’s creation. How can we, in Christ, exercise godly dominion in this world? This easy-to-digest book is just the answer.”
Mark Jones, Senior Minister, Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA), Vancouver, British Columbia