Monday, April 2, 2007

New Edition of Middelmann's "Pro-Existence"

By Rick Pearcey

Udo Middelmann's small classic Pro-Existence may soon be reissued to appear in bookstores again. "I am reworking the text of Pro-Existence, my first book from 1974, on the subject of work, property, and the community," Middlemann states in a recent letter from the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation.

"For years I have been asked to bring it out again, but it needs work," he writes. "Some of the formulations seem rather those of a younger person." Middelmann says he's "matured some" and that that maturation "should now show in the text."

Pro-Existence was a great book when it first arrived, and I recall hearing Middelmann deliver parts of it in lecture form while I was studying at L'Abri in the early 1970s.

In many ways, the Judeo-Christian worldview is in fact a "pro-existence" statement concerning reality -- that is, it is pro-man, pro-reason, pro-creativity, pro-science, pro-individuality, pro-resistance to evil, and so on, all centered on an objectively knowable Creator who speaks and acts in verifable history. This foundationally positive approach of Judeo-Christian thoughtforms, as set forth in this book by Middelmann, is one of the reasons the blog of The Pearcey Report is title Pro-Existence.

We look forward to seeing the new, reworked edition of this basic text in Christian worldview thinking.

Rick Pearcey is editor and publisher of The Pearcey Report.

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