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May 24, 2022

FULL SPECTRUM EVANGELISM:

"To evangelize in the twentieth century, one has to operate across the whole spectrum of disciplines and have answers for the questions. I think we often sell Christianity short, not putting forth the richness we have in Christ for the total culture and the total intellectual life."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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May 23, 2022

LOSING HUMANNESS:

"In fulfilling our calling to lead individuals to Christ, which we must indeed never forget, we must also remember that we are called to be the salt and light to our culture. Our generation is not just lost spiritually; it is broken, it is hurting, it is losing its humanness."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Our Battle for Humanness, Moody Monthly, 1983.


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May 18, 2022

SCHAEFFER ON INERRANCY:

"...we can say the Bible is without mistake and still destroy it if we bend the Scripture by our lives to fit this culture instead of judging the culture by the Scripture."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, What Difference Does Inerrancy Make?


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May 17, 2022

TOTAL REALITY:

"When I say Christianity is true I mean it is true to total reality--the total of what is..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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May 16, 2022

UTTERLY MISTAKEN:

"Those who hold the material-energy, chance concept of reality,...not only do not know the truth of the final reality, God, they do not know who Man is...since their concept of Man is mistaken, their concept of society and of law is mistaken, and they have no sufficient base for either society or law."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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May 13, 2022

THE SCHAEFFER COLLECTION:

The L'Abri Ideas Library has a free audio library of both Francis and Edith Schaeffer available for download. Take time to explore this collection!

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May 11, 2022

ALL IS SPIRITUAL:

"It is not only that true spirituality covers all of life, but it covers all parts of the spectrum of life equally. In this sense there is nothing concerning reality that is not spiritual."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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May 08, 2022

TRUTH AND COMMUNITY:

"Every Christian group ought to have these two elements: a presentation of the truth and an exhibition of community that substantiates it."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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May 06, 2022

FIGHTING THE ABNORMAL:

"...when abnormality breaks over me, I can fight what is wrong, yet still not revolt against God. Thus I can have a thankful heart, though living consciously in the Bible's outlook concerning the present world as abnormal. In this setting, the importance of saying, 'thank you' in the worst aspects of the battle becomes clear."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality, Editor's note: Dr. Schaeffer regularly used the term 'abnormal' to describe the implications of the fall of man in Genesis.


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May 04, 2022

A PERSONAL THANK YOU:

"We have said that we are to love God enough to say, 'Thank You' even for the difficult things [in previous chapters of True Spirituality]. We must immediately understand, as we say this, that this has no meaning whatsoever unless we live in a personal universe in which there is a personal God who objectively exists."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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May 02, 2022

TWO PRACTICAL TEST:

"...there are two practical tests as to when we are coveting against God or men; first, I am to love God enough to be contented; second, I am to love men enough not to envy."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Apr 25, 2022

PRACTICING TRUTH:

"...in an age of synthesis, men will not take our protestations of truth seriously unless they see by our actions that we practice truth and antithesis in the unity we try to establish, and in our activities."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There Appendix C. The Practice of Truth


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Apr 23, 2022

RADICALS FOR TRUTH:

"...what we need in light of the accommodation about us is a generation of radicals for truth and for Christ. We need a young generation and others who will be willing to stand in loving confrontation, but real confrontation, in contrast to the mentality of constant accommodation with the current forms of the world spirit as they surround us today, and in contrast to the way in which so much of evangelicalism has developed the automatic mentality of accommodation at each successive point."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Apr 19, 2022

SOCIOLOGICAL LIFE:

"'sociological law'--that is, law based only on what the majority of society thinks is in its best interests at a given moment--and 'sociological news,' slanted to produce what some person thinks will produce a helpful sociological result. Now arbitrary abortion has opened wide the door at the point of life and death for 'sociological medicine'--not just for the yet unborn but for all human life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?


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Apr 18, 2022

10:00:00

SCHAEFFER ON INFLATION?:

"The problem is that though the pendulum may swing from the liberal to the conservative side, if economic well-being is not forthcoming (for example, the control of inflation), having no base for real values, there could easily be another swing to some form of an elite which gave the promise of affluence and personal peace."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century.


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Apr 17, 2022

HIS EXALTATION:

The One who was spat upon and humiliated before the eyes of sinful men is now head over all things.

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies, commentary on Ephesians 1:20–22


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Apr 16, 2022

HIS HUMILIATION:

Consider the various forms of humiliation and agony heaped upon Jesus in these hours. Remember that this is God who allowed Himself to be so treated.

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies, commentary on Matthew 27:11–50


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Apr 15, 2022

HIS SUFFERING:

As He hung upon the cross, having taken upon Himself the sin of those who would trust Him as Savior, God the Father turned from Him. His physical sufferings were great, but were not the greatest part of His suffering.

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies, commentary on Matthew 27:46


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Apr 14, 2022

WHY ISCA?:

Watch Dan Guinn and Donald Williams in this panel discussion on "Why the International Society of Christian Apologetics?" is so important and why we are involved.

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Apr 12, 2022

FOREVER FOR LIFE:

"Christianity should never give any onlooker the right to conclude that Christianity believes in the negation of life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, DITC


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Apr 07, 2022

14:00:00

LOVING COMMUNITY:

"For Schaeffer the reality of the loving community was not something we could organize and create but rather it had to flow from Christ work in and through us."

~ Andrew Fellows, "The Church Before the Watching World:" Francis Schaeffer's Burdens, from He Still Speaks, Francis Schaeffer's Enduring Legacy


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Apr 05, 2022

ON PACIFISM:

"One can understand the pacifism of the 'peaceful churches': they have always taken Christ's command to individuals to turn the other cheek and misguidedly extended it to the state. They ignore the God-given responsibility of the state to protect its people and stand for justice in a fallen world."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is For Peace? p28.


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Apr 03, 2022

SCHAEFFER'S TRUE-TRUTH:

"In a moment when there is a great muddle about what truth is, Schaeffer was crystal clear. He even added the prefix 'true' to truth to convey the force of this, ie., 'true truth.' As he loved to say, 'the final great concept of truth is that Christianity is true to what is there."

~ Andrew Fellows, "The Church Before the Watching World:" Francis Schaeffer's Burdens, from He Still Speaks, Francis Schaeffer's Enduring Legacy


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Apr 02, 2022

CLEAR COMMANDS IGNORED:

"American conservative Christians are not as biblical as they think they are. In support of this claim we need look no further than the fact that, we are clearly commanded always to be ready to make a defense to anyone who asks a reason for the home that is within us (1 Peter 3:15), vast swaths of our adherents think it is somehow unspiritual to obey the biblical commandment."

~ Dr. Donald Williams, 95 Theses for a New Reformation p246.


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Apr 01, 2022

FACING THE ABNORMAL:

"The world is an abnormal world. Because of the Fall, it is not what God meant it to be. There are many things in this world which grieve use, but we must face them."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is For Peace? p24.


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Mar 31, 2022

TWO PRINCIPLES:

"Two biblical principles must be practiced simultaneously, at each step of the way, if we are to be really Bible-believing Christians. One is the principle of the practice of the purity of the visible church. The other is the principle of an observable love among all true Christians."

~ Francis Schaeffer, We Don't Have Forever

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Mar 30, 2022

SCHAEFFER AND TRUTH:

"One reason truth mattered so much to Schaeffer was because he could see that it was fast becoming a relic of Western culture."

~ Andrew Fellows, "The Church Before the Watching World:" Francis Schaeffer's Burdens, from He Still Speaks, Francis Schaeffer's Enduring Legacy


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Mar 22, 2022

NEVER UTOPIAN:

"We never have the luxury of acting in a merely utopian way. Utopian schemes in this fallen world have always brought tragedy. The Bible is never utopian."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is for Peace


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Mar 21, 2022

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER STUDIES AT ISCA:

Next week Dan Guinn and Dr. Donald Williams will present at the International Society of Christian Apologetics conference hosted at Southern Evangelical Seminary!

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Mar 18, 2022

NEW WAYS TO BUY!:

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Mar 17, 2022

I DO NOT PRAY FOR JUSTICE:

"I must say, when I pray for my country and our culture, I do not pray for God's justice. I can only plead for His mercy. If we had justice of God, we would not have peace. We would have a situation like Jeremiah's. How dare we pray for justice upon our culture when we have so deliberately turned away from God and His revelation?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer


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Mar 16, 2022

GIVING UP LIBERTY:

"..the majority of what was called the silent majority, who are living on the memory of the practical advantages that Christian culture gave, but without a base for these advantages. Their values are affluence (they are practical materialists) and personal peace at any price. Having no base, no absolutes, most of them will compromise liberty if they are finally forced to choose between their affluence and personal peace on the one hand and giving up a piece of liberty on the other."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century


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Mar 14, 2022

11:00:00

THE ESSENTIAL MARK:

"Christianity views human creativity as an essential mark of our having been made in the image of God."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is for Peace? p13.


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Mar 13, 2022

11:00:00

OF PACIFISM:

"This is why I am not a pacifist. Pacifism in this poor world in which we live--this lost world--means that we desert the people who need our greatest help."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is for Peace? p23.


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Mar 12, 2022

11:00:00

OF THOSE UNDER OPPRESSION:

"I would say that to refuse to do what I can for those under the power of oppressors is nothing less than a failure of Christian love. It is to refuse to love my neighbor as myself"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is for Peace? p23.


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Mar 11, 2022

11:00:00

STAND FIRM:

"Our calling is clear: we who hold the Christian world view, and who love human life, and who affirm humanity as bearing the image of God, should stand firm--first for the honor of God, but also for the preservation of 'humanness.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is for Peace? p19.


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Mar 10, 2022

14:00:00

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Dan was on with Midwest Christian Outreach to discuss his book, Truth Amidst Tension, The Practical Apologetics Methodology of Francis Schaeffer.

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Mar 10, 2022

11:00:00

NOT YET TOTAL:

"Ours is a humanistic culture. But happily this consensus and culture is not yet total; there is still what we might call a Christian 'memory,' although it is ebbing away with enormous speed."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is for Peace? p19.


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Mar 09, 2022

11:00:00

THOSE IN GOVERNMENT:

"If anyone, especially those of you in government, thinks the issue is small, I plead with you again. Hitherto the whole fabric of human life in the Western tradition has rested on Judeo-Christian underpinnings. These are being pulled away."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is for Peace? p18.


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Mar 08, 2022

11:00:00

TOWARD THE WHOLLY VALUELESS:

"...when you have jettisoned any fixed and transcendent reality that invests human life with unique and objective value, you have opened the sluiceway: you cannot shut off the surge toward a wholly valueless appraisal of human life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is for Peace? p17.


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Mar 07, 2022

17:00:00

AN ELEGANT IRONY:

"...there is a grim and elegant irony at work: the task of undermining the Judeo-Christian understanding of the uniqueness and dignity of human life is being carried forward by none other than two ancient guardians of life, namely medicine and law."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Who is for Peace? p18.


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Mar 05, 2022

18:00:00

BUY TRUTH AMIDST TENSION DIRECT!:

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Mar 04, 2022

11:00:00

CULTURAL SCHIZOPHRENIA:

"...one of the most striking things about the West today is its schizophrenia. Two powerful mythologies vie for attention. One, the Post-Modern, insist that ultimate meaning is impossible:the other, offspring of the Englightenment, that science is sufficient--allegedly because this provides genuine, as over superstitious, knowledge (cue Dawkins and the New Atheist)."

~ Ranald Macaulay, Contending for the Lamb, He Still Speaks: Francis Schaeffer's Enduring Legacy p.27. (SBJT 24.2 - FREE DOWNLOAD!!!)

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Mar 02, 2022

15:00:00

WITHOUT REASON:

"...Post-Modernism is profoundly mistaken. By undermining confidence in Truth, it has undermined our Christian cultural heritage. Schaeffer opposed it not because he was a Rationalist, but because without reason madness prevails..."

~ Ranald Macaulay, Contending for the Lamb, He Still Speaks: Francis Schaeffer's Enduring Legacy p.23. (SBJT 24.2 - FREE DOWNLOAD!!!)

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Mar 01, 2022

10:00:00

FREE AUDIO! - TO SEE GOD'S FACE:

Dick Keyes speaks on Numbers 6:22-27 at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Rochester, MN following the 2022 Rochester L'Abri Conference.

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Feb 25, 2022

10:00:00

THE CULTURAL MESS:

"The cultural mess and battles we face did not come from nowhere, rather they have a long history. And as Schaeffer reminded us repeatedly, there is a flow to history as ideas work themselves out--both for good and for ill."

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Feb 24, 2022

15:00:00

WORLD TENSIONS:

"As we look at culture and it's ever increasing tensions with the world that God has made, we should avoid being paralyzed or overwhelmed, but rather realize that these are places where Dr. Schaeffer says we can speak and introduce questions. This is the soil where True-Truth thrives."

~ Dan Guinn

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Feb 17, 2022

12:30:00

ROCHESTER L'ABRI CONFERENCE:

The Rochester conference is just a day away! The topic is "Image and Identity in a Culture of Confusion" Feb 18-19, 2022! Be watching for updates and photos!

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Feb 16, 2022

01:00:00

WHAT WOULD DR. SCHAEFFER ADVISE TO REFORM SOCIETY NOW?:

Dr. Schaeffer's message is timeless and still applicable today. Watch this important segment.

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Feb 14, 2022

10:30:00

TRUTH AMIDST TENSION - LIVE INTERVIEW:

Dan will be on with Midwest Christian Outreach tomorrow at 12 noon CST to discuss his book, Truth Amidst Tension, The Practical Apologetics Methodology of Francis Schaeffer. Tune in live to chat or ask questions!

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Feb 11, 2022

12:30:00

WHAT IS KILLING MANKIND? ARE YOU LISTENING?:

"There are many means for killing men, as men, today. They all operate in the same direction: no truth, no morality. You do not have to go to art galleries or listen to the more sophisticated music to be influenced by their message. The common media of cinema and television will do it effectively for you."

~ Schaeffer, A. Francis, The Complete Works of Francis A. Schaeffer: Volume One, A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture, Westchester, IL, Crossway Books. 40 (Book: The God Who is There)


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Feb 10, 2022

10:30:00

SCHAEFFER IN YOUTH MINISTRY?:

Youth pastor Joseph Bradly is not just reading Dr. Schaeffer for academic vigor. He is applying his teachings to youth ministry! After all, L'Abri was initially started as a ministry to young people, as a place where they could go to get their questions answered.

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Feb 09, 2022

10:30:00

NO SUFFICIENT BASE FOR SOCIETY OR LAW:

"Those who hold the material-energy, chance concept of reality,...not only do not know the truth of the final reality, God, they do not know who Man is...since their concept of Man is mistaken, their concept of society and of law is mistaken, and they have no sufficient base for either society or law."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Feb 08, 2022

10:30:00

EVANGELISM - TWO THINGS:

"Evangelism...is two things: first of all, giving honest answers to honest questions to get the blocks out of the way so that people will listen to the Gospel as a viable alternative, and then secondly, showing them what Christianity means across the whole spectrum of life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 07, 2022

10:30:00

MONUMENTS OF COMPASSION:

"The great dramatic moments of history have left us with monuments and memories of compassion, love, and unselfishness which punctuate the all-too-pervasive malevolence that dominates so much human interaction. That there is any respite from evil is due to some courageous people who, on the basis of personal philosophies, have led campaigns against the ill-treatment and misuse of individuals."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?


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Feb 05, 2022

10:15:00

PROPHETIC: A TERRORIST TOOL?:

...speaking of civil disobedience is frightening...That is, with the prevalence of Marxist thinking--and especially with the attempted synthesis of Marxism and Christianity in certain forms...what we are saying could become a Marxist and terrorist tool to bring anarchy. Or in a similar vein, it could become a tool to impose by force the humanist world view resulting in the loss of humanness and in some form of authoritarianism.

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Feb 04, 2022

12:30:00

The Story of Francis and Edith Schaeffer:

Some may not be aware that Day of Discovery created a documentary on the story of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. Enjoy!

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Feb 03, 2022

11:00:00

REASONS FOR TRUTH AMIDST TENSION (1):

"Whereas Dr. Schaeffer was more of a popularizer-apologist rather than a traditional academic apologist, his methods were never explicitly systematized, at least not explicitly within his collected works (although there are moments). That is, he does not have a specific volume entitled, 'Schaeffer's Apologetic” that one could simply appeal to.'

~ Dan Guinn, Truth Amidst Tension, p1. Editor's Note: The closest to such a volume is Dr. Schaeffer's Trilogy, yet the Trilogy, while substantial, requires further context in Schaeffer's body of works and articles. Namely, "Appendix A- The Question of Apologetics", "A Review of a Review", "The Secret of the Power and Enjoyment of the Lord", "True Spirituality" and "The Mark of a Christian." Other books such as "Death in the City" that contains a chapter, "The Man without the Bible" are also significant.

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Feb 02, 2022

11:30:00

A SCHAEFFER EXIBIT?:

Did you know there is a Francis Schaeffer exhibit at the Passion Play in Northwest Arkansas? Francis Schaeffer Studies team member James Stroud operates the History Museum portion therein. Additionally, there are other museums on the property, such as Bible History, Sacred Arts to explore! Follow the "Biblical History Museum" on facebook!

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Feb 01, 2022

13:00:00

SCHAEFFER AS MEMORIALIZED BY RONALD REAGAN:

"He will long be remembered as one of the great Christian thinkers of our century, with a childlike faith and a profound compassion toward others. It can rarely be said of an individual that his life touched many others and affected them for the better; it will be said of Francis Schaeffer that his life touched millions of souls and brought them to the truth of their Creator."

~ President Ronald Reagan, May 15th, 1984


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Jan 31, 2022

TRUTH AMIDST TENSION ON GOOGLE PLAY:

Like GooglePlay eBooks? Truth Amidst Tension is now available in eBook format on GooglePlay in addition to our current Amazon Kindle ebook offering!

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Jan 31, 2022

CHECK OUT DONALDTWILLIAMS.COM:

As we continue celebrating 11 years of Francis Schaeffer Studies, we want to acknowledge Dr. Williams, who has been a part of our Facebook Discussion Group since 2011 and was made a Moderator soon thereafter. A consummate teacher and apologist who regularly has inspired and encouraged us all. Check out his website for some wonderful content, including videos, and where to get his books!

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Jan 30, 2022

REMEMBERING DR. SCHAEFFER!:

"Schaeffer is not an icon to be venerated but a Christian-scholar-evangelist of exceptional cloth from whom we can learn much in our passion to reach the nations for Christ."

~ Dr. Bruce A. Little, Custodian of the Francis Schaeffer Collection at SEBTS


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Jan 28, 2022

IGNORANCE IS NOT AN OPTION:

“Francis Schaeffer was right: In the Post-Christian world, lay men and women can no longer afford to remain ignorant of critical issues that used to be the domain only of philosophy majors. The biblical worldview can no longer be taken for granted even by Christians. If we do not think in terms of worldview, that is, think philosophically, we will be able neither to discern the biblical worldview, nor to retain it, nor to disciple others in it, nor to communicate it to non-Christians. Not only is the unexamined life not worth living, it is not even possible any more for those who wish to be faithful Christians and faithful witnesses for Christ.”

Donald T. Williams, Reflections from Plato's Cave, pp. 3-4.


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Jan 27, 2022

ISCA CONFERENCE - WITH A SCHAEFFER THEME!:

The annual conference of the International Society of Christian Apologetics, "Engaging Culture with true Truth," in Charlotte, NC, Fri.-Sat., March 25-6.

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Jan 26, 2022

22:30:00

ROCHESTER L'ABRI CONFERENCE:

This year's Rochester conference is a go! The topic is "Image and Identity in a Culture of Confusion" Feb 18-19, 2022!

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Jan 26, 2022

TRUE TRUTH APOLOGETICS:

"Christian apologetics must be able to show intellectually that Christianity speaks of true truth; but it must also exhibit that it is not just a theory. This is needed for the defense of the flock of Christ, and also in the positive sense of reaching out to those who are honestly asking questions."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Jan 25, 2022

WHO SHOULD LEARN APOLOGETICS?:

"I try to pay attention to the Bible when I read it. 1 Peter 3:15, doesn't say, 'Intellectuals always be...' It doesn't say, 'Nerds always be...' It doesn't say, 'Smart people always be ready to make this apologia.' It's addressed to Christians, period!"

Dr. Donald T. Williams, Interview for Pastors of the Allegheny District of the Evangelical Free Church of America


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Jan 24, 2022

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TRUTH Amidst TENSION:

We are kicking off our celebration of the 11th year of Francis Schaeffer Studies and Dr. Schaeffer's birthday (Jan 30th) with the release of a new book on Dr. Schaeffer's Apologetic, Pick up a copy today! Get more information at francisschaefferstudies.org/truth-amidst-tension or search for it on Amazon (Kindle, Paperback, Hardback):

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Jan 23, 2022

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AVAILABLE MONDAY!:

Francis Schaeffer Studies is pleased to announce it's first book. A work on the subject of Dr. Francis Schaeffer's Apologetic by Dan Guinn. TRUTH Amidst TENSION! Available Monday, January 3rd 2022!


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Jan 22, 2022

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9 DAYS:

Be following all next week as we count down to Dr. Schaeffer's birthday on Jan 30th. Watch for special announcements, celebrating Francis Schaeffer's Studies 11th year and our appreciation of Dr. Schaeffer.


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Jan 18, 2022

GRAND TRUTH & AUTHENTIC REALITY:

"Schaeffer inspired us as he engaged the artists, musicians and philosophers of his day. It was not so much the engagement itself that moved us as the realization of how great and grand is the truth which God has given us, one that is large enough and deep enough to speak to every human situation. At L'Abri, we were talking about reality in a way that was authentic."

~ David Wells


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Jan 16, 2022

THE SCHAEFFER STUDIES LAUNCH:

Back in 2011 we launched our website and social media work with this video announcement. Not our flashiest release, but some people watched!

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Jan 15, 2022

COUNTDOWN TO DR SCHAEFFER'S BIRTHDAY:

Dr. Schaeffer was born on Jan 30th, 1912. This year will mark his 110th birthday! Francis Schaeffer Studies will be commemorating this event with numerous quotes and announcements as we thank God for Dr. Schaeffer's work. "Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith." ~ Hebrews 13:7


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Jan 14, 2022

11 YEARS:

Francis Schaeffer Studies was founded on Jan 1st 2011. With each passing year we are constantly reminded of the relevance of Dr. Schaeffer's work and the need to bring his thought into the public square. We would like to thank all of you who have followed along on this journey and contributed to the discussion.


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Jan 13, 2022

NEW YEAR, NEW START!:

The social media side of the work of Francis Schaeffer Studies has quietly been on hold due to numerous causes (covid, family concerns, etc.). However, there have been several developments in our research work that will require special announcements, coming within the week! Thank you for your ongoing prayers for our mission to make Dr. Schaeffer's thought and teaching more accessible for general inquiry! Stay Tuned!!!


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Jun 21, 2021

FAITH IN FAITH IS UNFAITHFUL:

"Following the advent of the existential methodology there arose the neo-orthodox existential theology, which says that the Bible in the area of reason has mistakes but nonetheless can provide a religious experience in the area of nonreason. Neo-orthodox theologians do not see the Bible as giving truth which can be stated in contentful propositions, especially regarding the cosmos and history, that is, as making statements which are open to any verification. And for many of them the Bible does not give moral absolutes either. For these theologians, it is not faith in something; it is faith in faith."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Jun 03, 2021

FROM REASON TO NONREASON:

"Humanistic man tried to make himself self-sufficient and demanded that one start from himself and the individual details and build his own universals. His great hope that he could begin from himself and produce a uniformity of knowledge led him, however, to the sad place where his mind told him that he was only a machine, a bundle of molecules. Then he tried desperately to find meaning in the area of nonreason"

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Jun 02, 2021

THE LEAP UPSTAIRS:

"Modern people have put various things 'upstairs' in the area of nonreason in a desperate attempt to find some optimism about meaning and values."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 26, 2021

REASON VS NONREASON:

"Reason leading to despair must be kept totally separate from the blind optimism of nonreason."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 24, 2021

MAN IN DICHOTOMY:

"Modern man is a man of dichotomy. By dichotomy we mean a total separation into two reciprocally exclusive orders, with no unity or relationship between them. The dichotomy here is the total separation between the area of meaning and values, and the area of reason."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 18, 2021

CRUEL AND NONCRUEL:

"The attempt to make nature the basis of morals was also taken into the area of civil law, where it was called the Natural Law School of jurisprudence. Its influence is still strongly felt in jurisprudence. It was an attempt in this eighteenth-century period to have principles of law, “even if there is no God.” These jurists thought that a complete and perfect system of law could be constructed upon principles of natural law. But there was a serious problem in trying to construct a system of law upon nature. Nature is cruel as well as noncruel."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 17, 2021

NO PLACE FOR GOD, NO PLACE FOR MAN:

"Scientists in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries continued to use the word God, but pushed God more and more to the edges of their systems. Finally, scientists in this stream of thought moved to the idea of a completely closed system. That left no place for God. But equally it left no place for man. Man disappears, to be viewed as some form of determined or behavioristic machine."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 13, 2021

SCIENCE REQUIRES AND OBJECTIVE REALITY:

"There were certain other results of the Christian world-view. For example, there was the certainty of something 'there'-an objective reality-for science to examine. What we seem to observe is not just an extension of the essence of God, as Hindu and Buddhist thinking would have it. The Christian world-view gives us a real world which is there to study objectively."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 12, 2021

RETHINKING THE RISE OF SCIENCE:

"The rise of modern science did not conflict with what the Bible teaches; indeed, at a crucial point the Scientific Revolution rested upon what the Bible teaches. Both Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947) and J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904–1967) have stressed that modern science was born out of the Christian world-view. Whitehead was a widely respected mathematician and philosopher, and Oppenheimer, after he became director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 1947, wrote on a wide range of subjects related to science, in addition to writing in his own field on the structure of the atom and atomic energy. As far as I know, neither of the two men were Christians or claimed to be Christians; yet both were straightforward in acknowledging that modern science was born out of the Christian world-view."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 11, 2021

RETHINKING THE COPERNICAN CONFLICT:

"When the Roman Church attacked Copernicus and Galileo (1564–1642), it was not because their teaching actually contained anything contrary to the Bible. The church authorities thought it did, but that was because Aristotelian elements had become part of church orthodoxy, and Galileo's notions clearly conflicted with them. In fact, Galileo defended the compatibility of Copernicus and the Bible, and this was one of the factors which brought about his trial."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 10, 2021

WHY WE CAN SAY THINGS ARE WRONG:

"On the biblical basis, there are absolutes, and therefore we can say that certain things are right or wrong, including racial discrimination and social injustice. Consider Jesus standing in front of the tomb of Lazarus. The New Testament records that Jesus not only wept but was angry. The one who claimed to be God could be angry at the abnormality of death without being angry at Himself. To a Christian on the basis of what the Bible teaches, not only is death abnormal, so is the cruelty of man to man. These things did not exist as God made the world. A Christian can fight the abnormality which has resulted from man's rebellion against God without fighting the final reality of what is-that is, without fighting God. Therefore, because God exists and there are absolutes, justice can be seen as absolutely good and not as merely expedient."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 09, 2021

LEFT WITH THE ARBITRARY:

"...humanism has no final way of saying certain things are right and other things are wrong. For a humanist, the final thing which exists-that is, the impersonal universe-is neutral and silent about right and wrong, cruelty and noncruelty. Humanism has no way to provide absolutes. Thus, as a consistent result of humanism's position, humanism in private morals and political life is left with that which is arbitrary."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 08, 2021

BLOODLESS VS AUTHORITARIAN REVOLUTION :

"...the decisive change in England in 1688 was bloodless--so much so that among historians it is called the 'Bloodless Revolution.' At that time William III of Orange and Mary became monarchs, and it was made clear that Parliament was not a junior partner but an equal partner with the crown. This arrangement brought about the deliberate control of the monarchy within specific legal bounds. The French philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778), often called 'father of the Enlightenment,' was greatly influenced by the results of this bloodless revolution in England during his time of exile there (1726–1729)...If these men had a religion, it was deism...The men of the French Enlightenment had no base but their own finiteness. They looked across the Channel to a Reformation England, tried to build without the Christian base, and ended with a massacre and Napoleon as authoritarian ruler."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 08, 2021

BIBLICAL STRIVING AGAINST A TWISTED VIEW OF RACE:

"Today's Christians, by identification with their forebears, must acknowledge these inconsistencies in regard to a twisted view of race. We can use no lesser word than sin to describe those instances where the practice was (or is) so far from what the Bible directs. The most effective acknowledgment is for Christians to strive in the present to follow the Bible at these points. "

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? Editor's Note: In context, Schaeffer advocates a specifically Biblical stance against racism (like that of Wilberforce), which elevates the dignity of mankind as made in the image of God. He thoroughly would reject the Marxist solutions being advocated today.


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May 07, 2021

THE CITIZEN AGAINST DESPOTISM:

"The 'little man,' the private citizen, can at any time stand up and, on the basis of biblical teaching, say that the majority is wrong. So, to the extent to which the biblical teaching is practiced, one can control the despotism of the majority vote or the despotism of one person or group."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 06, 2021

THE BIBLE VS THE 51 PERCENT:

"...the Reformation's preaching of the gospel brought forth two things which were secondary to the central message of the gospel but nonetheless were important: an interest in culture and a true basis for form and freedom in society and government. The latter carries with it an important corollary, namely, that 51 percent of the vote never becomes the final source of right and wrong in government because the absolutes of the Bible are available to judge a society."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 05, 2021

CHRISTIAN VS CHRISTIAN CONSENSUS:

"...we should realize that the word Christian can legitimately be used two ways. The primary meaning is: an individual who has come to God through the work of Christ. The second meaning must be kept distinct but also has validity. It is possible for an individual to live within the circle of that which a Christian consensus brings forth, even though he himself is not a Christian in the first sense. This may be true in many areas--for example, in the arts or political thought."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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May 04, 2021

JUSTICE LIFTS THE NATIONS:

"The book is Lex Rex: Law Is King. When it was published in 1644, [Samuel] Rutherford was one of the Scottish commissioners at the Westminster Assembly in London. Later he became rector of St. Andrew’s University in Scotland. What Paul Robert painted ["Justice Lifts the Nations" (pictured)] for the justices at the Supreme Court Building Samuel Rutherford had already laid down in writing in this book. Here was a concept of freedom without chaos because there was a form."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?, Editor's Note: Note that the sword of Justice points to it's Biblical base.


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May 03, 2021

FREEDOM WITHOUT CHAOS:

"The Reformation did not bring social or political perfection, but it did gradually bring forth a vast and unique improvement. What the Reformation’s return to biblical teaching gave society was the opportunity for tremendous freedom, but without chaos. That is, an individual had freedom because there was a consensus based upon the absolutes given in the Bible, and therefore real values within which to have freedom, without these freedoms leading to chaos. The world had not known anything like this before."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Apr 27, 2021

CREATIVITY & WORLDVIEW:

"A person's world-view almost always shows through in his creative output, however, and thus the marks on the things he creates will be different. This is so in all fields"

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Apr 23, 2021

THE CREATIVE IMAGE:

"It is not only Christians who can paint with beauty, nor for that matter only Christians who can love or who have creative stirrings. Even though the image is now contorted, people are made in the image of God. This is who people are, whether or not they know or acknowledge it. God is the great Creator, and part of the unique mannishness of man, as made in God's image, is creativity."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Apr 22, 2021

NO REFORMATION, NO HALLELUJAH CHORUS:

"We must, of course, remember Handel who also stood in the same [Reformation] tradition. One naturally thinks of Handel's Messiah (1741), which was in the tradition of the restored Christianity in both its music and its message...The Messiah could only have come forth in a setting where the Bible stood at the center. "

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Apr 19, 2021

NO LUTHER, NO BACH:

"Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) was certainly the zenith of the composers coming out of the Reformation. His music was a direct result of the Reformation culture and the biblical Christianity of the time, which was so much a part of Bach himself. There would have been no Bach had there been no Luther."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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Apr 14, 2021

REFORMATION AND SONG:

"Luther himself was a fine musician. He was a singer with a good tenor voice as well as an instrumentalist with skill and verve. In 1524 his choirmaster, Johann Walther (1496–1570), put out a hymnbook (Wittenberg Gesangbuch) which was a tremendous innovation. Walther and his friend Conrad Rupff worked on these hymns in Luther’s home. Luther himself played out the tunes on his fife. The collection contained Luther’s own great hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," to which he wrote both words and music. As the rood screen was removed in the churches--because with an open Bible the people had direct access to God--so also in a direct approach to God the congregations were allowed to sing again for the first time in many centuries."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?


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