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May 27, 2018

MODERN-MODERN SCIENCE:

"...the view of the older science (a science whose concept of the uniformity of natural causes in an open system was completely consistent with biblical thought) was being replaced by what I call modern, modern science (a concept which, by the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system, eventually leaves no room for God or a significant man)."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before The Watching World.


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May 26, 2018

DOCTRINAL FAITHFULNESS:

"We must ask, 'Do I fight merely for doctrinal faithfulness?' This is like the wife who never sleeps with anybody else, but never shows love to her own husband. Is that a sufficient relationship in marriage? No, 10,000 times no. Yet if I am a Christian who speaks and acts for doctrinal faithfulness but do not show love to my divine Bridegroom, I am in the same place as such a wife. What God wants from us is not only doctrinal faithfulness, but our love day by day. Not in theory, mind you, but in practice."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before The Watching World.


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May 25, 2018

THIS INNER REFINING:

"There is a very real thing that is going on inside us, a moment-by-moment, daily refining process, comparable to the refining of silver and gold."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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May 24, 2018

PROPER CONTENTMENT:

"When I lack proper contentment, I have forgotten that God is God. We are now speaking about a practical test to judge if we are coveting against God. A quiet disposition and a heart giving thanks is the real test of the extent to which we love and trust God at that moment."

~ Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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May 23, 2018

AS THEY THINK:

"I believe people are as they think. The choices we make in the next decade will mold IRREVOCABLY the direction of our culture... and the lives of our children!"

~ Promo material for "How Should We Then Live" ~ Francis Schaeffer


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May 22, 2018

SCHAEFFER ON THE FOUNDERS:

"If one were to ask whether Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson personally were Christians, the answer, as best we can judge from what they have said, is no. Nonetheless, they produced something that had some sort of Christian framework because they were producing it out of the Christian consensus of Samuel Rutherford's Lex Rex. Thus, from a Christian framework Jefferson and Franklin were able to write that men have certain inalienable rights, a notion derived from a specifically Christian world-view."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible, Editor's note: Schaeffer mentions in passing as a side note on how consensus may romantically reflect truth (in government or art), even without a sufficient base.


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May 21, 2018

QUALITATIVELY DIFFERENT:

"Modern man is in a dilemma because he does not know that man is qualitatively different from non-man. We say man is different because he is made in the image of God. But we must not say man is made in the image of God unless we look to God and by Godís grace treat every man with dignity."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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May 20, 2018

ORDER AND FREEDOM:

"Knowing what is right and wrong, we have a way to have order and freedom simultaneously. "

~ Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?


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May 19, 2018

CARING CONFLICTS:

"Is there no time for pushing aside others for our own private sorrow? No, there is always a mixture. There is never a time when it is 'convenient' to care for someone else. There is always what could be considered a 'conflict,' and sensitivity as to what to do first is part of the polishing process."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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May 15, 2018

SCHAEFFER'S PASSING (May 15th, 1984):

"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


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May 12, 2018

JOSHUA, MOSES AND THE PENTATEUCH:

"Joshua knew Moses, the writer of the Pentateuch, personally. Joshua knew his strengths and weaknesses as a man; he knew that Moses was a sinner, that Moses made mistakes, that Moses was just a man. Nonetheless, immediately after Moses' death Joshua accepted the Pentateuch as more than the writing of Moses. He accepted it as the writing of God. Two or three hundred years were NOT REQUIRED for the book to become sacred. As far as Joshua was concerned the Pentateuch was the canon, and the canon was the Word of God. The biblical view of the growth and acceptance of the canon is as simple as this: when it was given, Godís people understood what it was. Right away it had authority."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History


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May 11, 2018

OUR OPPORTUNITY:

"Within the limits of our talents and personalities, with the confines of our circumstances...we are to have an increasing number of opportunities, of finding that "tribulation worketh patience."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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May 10, 2018

BE THE DOXOLOGY:

"One day all Christians will join in a doxology and sing Godís praises with perfection. But even today, individually and corporately, we are not only to sing the doxology, but to be the doxology."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People (The Book of Revelation)


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May 01, 2018

THE ANSWERS:

"...the Bible will be seen to have many things to say in answer to the questions which people are asking in our generation about the meaning and purpose of life. It tells us who Man is, Man's purpose, the source of Man's problems, and the solution to those problems."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Apr 30, 2018

WATCH THE WIND:

"The Enlightenment world view and the world view of secular humanism really are essentially the same, with the same intellectual heritage...if we hold this world view we live in a universe that is ultimately silent, with no meaning and purpose, with no basis for law and morality, with no concept of what it means to be human and of the value of human life. All is relative and arbitrary. And so modern man is left with nothing to fill the void but hedonism or materialism or whatever other 'ism' may be blowing in the wind."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Apr 29, 2018

CREATION AND NON-RELIGIOUS ART:

"God's creation--the mountains, the trees, the birds and the bird's songs--are also nonreligious art. Think about that. If God made the flowers, they are worth painting and writing about. If God made the birds, they are worth painting. If God made the sky, the sky is worth painting. If God made the ocean, indeed it's worth writing poetry about. It is worth man's while to create works upon the basis of the great works God has already created."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Apr 28, 2018

UNIFIED REVELATION:

"'General revelation' and 'special revelation' are theological terms which deserve some analysis. The Bible is the special revelation. We need the Bible for the message of salvation, and for the knowledge it gives which is the key to general revelation. But the general revelation--that which God has made and which we are and that which surrounds us--shows forth the existence of God and gives a true revelation of Him. General revelation and special revelation constitute a unified revelation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Apr 27, 2018

THE LIBERAL TRIP:

"The difficulty with modern [Liberal] theology is that it is really no different from taking drugs. You may try drugs, you may try modern liberal theology. It makes no difference--both are trips, separated from reason."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century


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Apr 26, 2018

JUDGING ART:

What kind of judgment does one apply, ...to a work of art? I believe that there are four basic standards: (1) technical excellence; (2) validity; (3) intellectual content, the world-view which comes through; and (4) the integration of content and vehicle."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Apr 25, 2018

THE DEHUMANIZATION DEAD END:

"[According to the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system] by definition everything is a machine, so naturally there is no knowledge from outside, from God. If this is your worldview, and you refuse to consider the possibility of any other, even though your naturalistic world-view leads to the dehumanization of man and is against the facts that we know about man and things, you are at a dead-end."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, He is There and He is Not Silent


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Apr 24, 2018

OPEN TO MANIPULATION:

"It is obvious: the future is open to manipulation. Who will do the manipulating? Will it be the new elite on the side of an establishment authoritarianism or another elite? Whoever achieves political or cultural power in the future will have at his disposal techniques of manipulation that no totalitarian ruler in the past has ever had. None of these are only future; they all exist today waiting to be used by the manipulators."

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


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Apr 23, 2018

MEDIA MONDAY - NAMES AND ISSUES:

Watch this vintage video from Dr. Schaeffer presented in 1983 just prior to his passing.

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Apr 22, 2018

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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Apr 21, 2018

WRONG IS WRONG:

"...authoritarianism from the left is no better than authoritarianism from the right. What is wrong is wrong, no matter what tag is placed on it. "

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Apr 20, 2018

MILLIONS ON EXPRESSIONS:

"I am convinced that one of the reasons men spend millions in making art museums is not just so that there will be something 'aesthetic,' but because the art works in them are an expression of the mannishness of man himself."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible ~ Editor's note: In Schaeffer's thought, the "mannishness of man" idiom highlights the uniqueness of man and has Apologetic worth. When man shows forth that he is greater than just an animal or machine, he testifies to the fact that God is there and furthermore that He has created man in His own image with purpose, value and beauty. This is a far cry from deterministic evolution where man is merely an "accidental animal," a product of chance, governed by survival instincts and passions without defined purpose or direction.


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Apr 19, 2018

LOST BUT NOT NOTHING!:

"The Bible teaches that though man is hopelessly lost, he is not nothing. Man is lost because he is separated from God, his true reference point, by true moral guilt. But he will never be nothing. Therein lies the horror of his lostness. For man to be lost, in all his uniqueness and wonder, is tragic."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Apr 18, 2018

YOU SAY IT, YOU CAN'T LIVE IT!:

"Modern man says, 'No, we are just machines--chemically determined or psychologically determined.' But nobody consistently lives this way in his life. I would insist that here is a presupposition which intellectually, in the laboratory, would be cast out simply because it does not explain what is."

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


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Apr 17, 2018

FORGOTTEN FREEDOMS:

"We have forgotten why we have a high view of life, and why we have a positive balance between form and freedom in government, and the fact that we have such tremendous freedoms without these freedoms leading to chaos."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Apr 16, 2018

MEDIA MONDAY:

Listen to this lecture by Francis Schaeffer on the necessity of holding a strong view of Scripture, entitled "The Watershed of the Evangelical World," a common theme in Schaeffer's works. Give it a listen!

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Apr 15, 2018

THE MIND SET ASIDE:

"This is the key to understanding modern man in the West: Forget your mind; just experience! It may seem extreme--but we say it carefully--this is the philosophy by which the majority of people in the West are now living. For everyday purposes the mind is a useful instrument, but for the things of meaning, for the answers to the big questions, it is set aside."

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


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Apr 14, 2018

ACT UPON YOUR WORLDVIEW!:

"...as Christians we are not only to know the right worldview, the world-view that tells us the truth of what is, but consciously to act upon that world-view so as to influence society in all its parts and facets across the whole spectrum of life, as much as we can to the extent of our individual and collective ability."

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


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Apr 13, 2018

SLAVERY AND THE PERSON:

"For complex reasons still debated by historians, Englishmen, continental Europeans, and Americans indulged in the fiction that the black man was not a person and could therefore be treated as a thing. This fiction covered their hypocrisy. Actually they harked back to Aristotle's definition of a slave as a living tool and were far removed from the biblical teaching."

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


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Apr 12, 2018

EXCEPTIONAL CLOTH:

"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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Apr 11, 2018

IT DOESN'T FIT!:

"Non-Christian presuppositions simply do not fit into what God has made, including what man is. This being so, every man is in a place of tension. Man cannot make his own universe and then live in it."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There.


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Apr 10, 2018

FACING THE FACT THAT WE'VE BLOWN IT!:

"[We must now be] really facing the fact that we've blown it. If the Christians in this country had accepted the responsibility of the Lordship of Christ in the totality of life, even forty years ago, up to the level they have today [1983]. I do not believe for a moment we would be in the mess we are. We have denied our Lord! That's exactly where we are. False pietism is wrong, this is real spirituality at this point. Jesus is the Lord of ALL! He is Lord of ALL!"

~ Francis Schaeffer, Segment from Video Q&A of "Names & Issues" Lecture, 1983


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Apr 09, 2018

MEDIA MONDAY::

One of the best audio resources available on the life of Francis Schaeffer is Jerram Barrs' lectures available from Covenant Seminary. You can get them from the Covenant Seminary Worldwide Classroom and on iTunes here:

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Apr 08, 2018

OUTSIDE THE COCOON OF MYSELF:

"... when as a Christian I bow before this God who is there, then I can move out of the only logical position which the non-Christian can hold, and that is he must dwell consciously but silently in the cocoon of his being, without knowing anything outside of himself."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Apr 07, 2018

ISCA 2018:

Dan is be presenting a paper entitled, "Francis Schaeffer on the Centrality of Christ in Spirituality and Apologetics" at the annual ISCA conference in Charlotte, NC at Southern Evangelical Seminary today. If you are in the area, I would love to see you there! Check out the conference information, plenaries and schedule here:

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Apr 06, 2018

REMEMBERING INERRANCY:

Paper entitled "The Church at the Beginning of the 21st Century, Remembering Francis Schaeffer on Inerrancy and Evangelical Identity" by Dan Guinn, presented at the International Society of Christian Apologetics Conference 2015


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Apr 05, 2018

PRACTICE TRUTH!:

"if we are ever to practice truth, it certainly must be in a day such as ours."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Apr 04, 2018

ACHE WITH COMPASSION:

"If we truly love our Lord and if we truly love our neighbor, we will ache with compassion for humanity today in our own country and across the world."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Apr 03, 2018

FALSE CONSISTENCY, FALSE REALITY:

"The more consistent with a false interpretation of reality, the further away we are from the world that God has made and placed us."

~ Mark Ryan, Francis Schaeffer's Apologetic: Guidance for Today.

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Apr 02, 2018

THE TRIUNE GOD STOOD COMPLETE:

"God created all things of His own free will. He did not have to create. Before creation the triune God stood complete, and there was love and communication between the persons of the Trinity. Revelation 4:11 reads: 'You are worthy, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they were created and have their being.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Apr 01, 2018

HAPPY EASTER FROM FRANCISSCHAEFFERSTUDIES.ORG!:

"If Jesus did not live, or if He did not rise from the dead, Christianity cannot continue. It cannot live on as a mere idea, because Christianity is about objective truth and not merely religious experiences. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament claim to be truth, in contrast to that which is not true, and this truth is rooted in history. We have only one hope, and it rests on a serious commitment to the existence of God and the reliability of His Word, the Bible, in all the areas in which it speaks."

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


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Mar 30, 2018

COMFORT OVERFLOWS:

"Just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Mar 29, 2018

CHEAP EVANGELISM:

"...we must be very careful not to fall into the cheap solution... of just moving people to make decisions without their really knowing what they are making a decision about. We in LíAbri have had people come to us who have "accepted Christ as Savior" but are not even sure that God exists. They have never been confronted with the question of the existence of God. The acceptance of Christ as Savior was a thing abstracted. It had an insufficient content. In reality, it was just another kind of trip."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Mar 28, 2018

ALL HAVE A WORDLVIEW:

"...all of us have a world-view, whether we realize it or not. We act in accordance with our world-view, and our world-view rests on what to us is the ultimate truth."

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


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Mar 27, 2018

BEAUTY & TRUTH:

"True Christianity produces beauty as well as truth."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Mar 26, 2018

THE BATTLE IS REAL:

"There is no mock battle going on inside us."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Mar 25, 2018

B.F. SKINNER'S ATTACK ON LEWIS:

"Twice Skinner specifically attacked C. S. Lewis. Why? Because he is a Christian and writes in the tradition of the literatures of freedom and dignity. You will notice that he does not attack the evangelical church, probably because he doesn't think it's a threat to him. Unhappily, he is largely right about this. Many of us are too sleepy to be a threat in the battle of tomorrow. But he understands that a man like C. S. Lewis, who writes literature which stirs men, is indeed a threat."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom & Dignity


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Mar 24, 2018

ISCA 2018:

Dan will be presenting a paper entitled, "Francis Schaeffer on the Centrality of Christ in Spirituality and Apologetics" at the annual ISCA conference in Charlotte, NC at Southern Evangelical Seminary on April 6th. If you are in the area, I would love to see you there! Check out the conference information, plenaries and schedule here: Read More


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Mar 18, 2018

THE HUMANIST/RATIONALISTIC SYSTEM AND VALUES:

"The problem is inherent in their system,... By the very definition of what they were, they were bound to come to this place... they destroy, they destroy, they destroy, any real basis for values and then suddenly... we find them taking a great big leap and teaching values. Why? Because they are still made in the image of God and they can't get away from moral motions and values, and yet their own system has no way to make values!"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Arbitrary Universals are only Statistical Averages, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971-72.


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Mar 17, 2018

FAITH AND IDENTITY:

"After we have put our faith in Christ, we enter a second new relationship-we are identified and united with Christ."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Mar 10, 2018

MAN ALONE BY CHANCE OR A PERSONAL BEGINNING?:

"In light of the complexity of the universe that is there and the 'mannishness of man,' on an empirical basis, do we really have to think that man stands all alone? Do we have to think that all this stuff around us comes merely from chance, or [conversely] am I forced to think on the basis of human experience that in reality we must have a personal beginning?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Uniform Culture Surrounds Us, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Mar 09, 2018

TWO BIG ANSWERS:

"There are two big things we have to have answers for. The first is the universe and it's form and complexity, and the second is what what I would call 'the mannishness of man,' those things that distinguish man from non-man."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Uniform Culture Surrounds Us, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Mar 08, 2018

THE CHOICE OF PRESUPPOSITIONS:

"With most people, I'm afraid, they just catch our presuppositions in the same way they would catch measles... [but if one] is really going to be a thinking person, he chooses his presupposition by choice , as to what answers the problems before us, the things that he faces in the world."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Uniform Culture Surrounds Us, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Mar 07, 2018

REASONABLE, NOT RATIONALISM:

"The Judistic-Christian position is rational, but it is the very antithesis of [philosophical] Rationalism... Christianity is reasonable, it deals with reason, but it is not Rationalism."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Mar 06, 2018

MATH THAT FAILS:

"It's mathematically bound to fail. Being finite you can never gather enough particulars, enough facts, to generate your own universals. It just can't be done mathematically!"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Mar 05, 2018

FACING THE SURROUNDING CONSENSUS:

"If we are trying to be spiritual as Christians, you must understand in facing what surrounds us, you have to be alive to the surrounding consensus, the surrounding world view, or these things come pounding through your door and overtake you, and down goes your spirituality in a heap before you know it."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Mar 04, 2018

NOT BEATING THE AIR:

"To communicate Christianity, we have to know the absolutes are, what God has said, and we have to know the people we're talking to out there. We have to be able to talk their language. We have to be able to say it so that they understand it. If we don't do that, we're really just beating the air."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Mar 03, 2018

THEOLOGY FOLLOWING THE DECLINE:

"Liberal theology acts as if it is ahead of things... In Liberal theology, the way the thing has gone is that in reality,... almost everything you hear in this, that has been said, has already been said in the other disciplines. It's just put into theological terms later."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Mar 02, 2018

GOT PHILOSOPHY?:

"If you think of philosophy as a worldview, everybody has a philosophy."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Mar 01, 2018

THE PRIMARY ANTITHESIS:

"The Christian's primary antithesis, above all other antithesis, is that God is really there in contrast to His being not there."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Feb 28, 2018

THE MONOLITHIC CONSENSUS:

"We're surrounded by what I would call a monolithic consensus... which surrounds us on ever side,.. and if we are not careful, we are not really thinking things through."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro , Dec, 1971.


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Feb 27, 2018

THINKING ANTITHESIS:

"You can't have Christian thinking, really Christian thinking historically, except on the basis of antithesis. It goes all the way back to the great antithesis, the question, whether God exist or not."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro Club," Dec, 1971.


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Feb 26, 2018

TWO STREAMS:

"Really we don't understand ourselves, and we don't understand the age in which we live, unless we have a feeling for two different streams. One is the stream is history and the other is the stream of philosophic thought, or the worldviews that produce the worldviews of our own generation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How We Process Truth, Trans World Radio "Euro Club", Dec, 1971 (available from Moody Audio).


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Feb 25, 2018

DR. SCHAEFFER HAD A RADIO SHOW? :

In the the early 1970s Dr. Schaeffer began working on a radio show for Trans World Radio in Monte Carlo. In December 1971 the first episode of a series called "Euro Club" was aired. The series was somewhat casual with Dr. Schaeffer answering questions from John Sandri following the material from Dr. Schaeffer's first two books. As Trans World expanded, Dr. Schaeffer's thought was taken behind the Iron Curtan, the Middle East, Africa and even China! Watch for quotes from this series in the near future. The entire collection is available from moodyaudio.com should you wish to hear them yourself!

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Feb 23, 2018

THE MATH FAILS:

"Humanism as I see it has a mathematical built-in guarantee of failure...beginning from a finite person you cannot project an absolute."

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


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Feb 22, 2018

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 21, 2018

THE IMPORTANCE OF PRESUPPOSITIONS:

"Francis Schaeffer taught us the presence and importance that presuppositions play in the makeup of our worldview. What we value and how we live are inescapably influenced by these realities. Schaeffer also taught us how to expose presuppositions, critique them, and in light of God revealed truth, transform them."

~ Danny Akin (100 Days of Schaeffer, SEBTS)


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Feb 19, 2018

SHAREABLE QUOTES ON BOOK PAGES:

Francis Schaeffer Studies has added quotes to many of our book pages and more will be added in the future! When on a book page, click on the quote button to navigate to the quote section, with your mouse select a quote to see the option to share the quote on Facebook! Give it a try.

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Feb 18, 2018

THE DOUBLE TASK:

"The Christian really has a double task. He has to practice both God's holiness and God's love. The Christian is to exhibit that God exists as the infinite-personal God; and then he is to exhibit simultaneously God's character of holiness and love. Not His love without His holiness--that is only compromise."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Mark Of A Christian


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Feb 17, 2018

IN THE MIDST OF THE WAVES:

"...patience followed by hope can actually be seen to follow one another in the midst of the waves of tribulation."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Feb 16, 2018

PATIENCE MADE EVIDENT :

"...it is a truism that patience and endurance are both qualities which cannot be evident or present unless there is something taking place which would naturally cause impatience."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Feb 16, 2018

PANTHEISM:

"If God is everything, he is nothing."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Absolute Limits of Christian Doctrine. Editor's Note: Schaeffer's remark in context is speaking of the absolute Creator-creation distinction. Scripture teaches that God made reality and indeed holds reality together, but reality is not God as pantheism teaches.


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Feb 15, 2018

REMEMBERING JAMES SIRE:

Francis Schaeffer Studies laments the earthly passing of James Sire, but rejoices in his glorious future in the presence of Christ. Sire is one of the key early editors that was significant in aiding the writing of Dr. Schaeffer and other related authors, like Os Guinness. Christianity Today once called him the "midwife" of Schaeffer. He likewise published several significant works of his own. He will be greatly missed.

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Feb 14, 2018

VALENTINE, DOES LOVE EXIST?:

"...lovers on the left bank of the Seine in Paris...fall in love and yet cry because they do not believe love exists. If I met any of these, I would put my hand gently on their shoulders and say, 'You are separated from God if you do not accept Christ as your Savior, but at this moment you understand something real about the universe. Though your system may say love does not exist, your own experience shows that it does.' They have not touched the personal God who exists, but for a fleeting moment they have touched the existence of true personality in their love."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Feb 12, 2018

THE PLANT OF PATIENCE:

"Without a rich background of understanding of the gentleness, compassion, kindness, goodness and love of our Heavenly Father, the seed fertilized by tribulation will not begin to send down roots and put up shoots of the 'plant of patience!'"

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Feb 11, 2018

NOT STAYING IN THE CIRCLE:

"Thus, in rebellion, not staying within the circle of what man is but trying to move into the circle of existence of God, man falls crushed within himself at every turn. At that point he has two possibilities, and just two, if he is going to stay in the circle of rationality. He can return to his place before the personal Creator, a personal creature before a personal Creator. Or else he can go lower than his place."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Feb 10, 2018

THE SYMPHONY:

"It seems to me that when one thinks of the Bible as a fantastic orchestra of God's truth, some people are in the danger of getting stuck on one note of one instrument and never hearing the balanced whole at all. It would be like listening to someone going over one bar of music endlessly on one instrument and then trying to describe that as the whole symphony."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Feb 09, 2018

ROCHESTER CONFERENCE:

The 2018 Rochester L'Abri starts today. Follow us on Twitter for quotes throughout the conference and watch for our photo gallery after the conference.

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Feb 08, 2018

HANS ROOKMAAKER ON MODERN ART:

"...modern art did not just happen. It came as a result of a deep reversal of the spiritual values of the Age of Reason, a movement that in the course of a little more than two centuries changed the world."

~ Hans Rookmaaker, Art Needs No Justification, Editor's Note: Hans Rookmaaker (1922-1977) was a dear friend of the Schaeffers and an important part of the early stages of L'Abri.


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Feb 07, 2018

QUESTIONABLE EVANGELISM:

"There was a tendency to act as if the only thing that mattered was to see that a manís soul is saved so that it can go to Heaven. The person disappears. Only the soul is valuable, and its value is in Heaven and has very little to do with anything in the present life--the body, the intellect, or the culture. For a long time there was little interest in the orthodox churches and groups concerning the Lordship of Christ in regard to intellectual things or culture."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The New Super-Spirituality


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Feb 06, 2018

A GROWING HISTORY:

"There should be a growing history--like a trail of footsteps behind us in an unbroken field of snow--which will bring to our minds that great reality ...'Great is thy faithfulness'"

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Feb 05, 2018

LABRI WEEK:

This week we're heading to Rochester, MN for the annual L'Abri Conference! We hope to see you there! It's not too late to get your tickets.

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Feb 04, 2018

WE'VE OPENED THE DOOR:

"I am convinced that once you begin to lower the view of human life with abortion, you open the door to everything else that follows, right up to Hitler's Germany."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, quote from Francis Schaeffer: The Man Behind the Manifesto, by McCandlish Phillips, Christianity Today, Jan. 1982, Moody Monthly


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Feb 03, 2018

NO LITTLE PEOPLE, NO MATTER THE COLOR:

"Though it is a child's verse, this statement is profound: 'Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in His sight.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Feb 02, 2018

LAUGHTER IN FUTILITY:

"For the man that doesn't accept the Judeo-Christian position, every laugh must ultimately be a curse...In the non-Christian position, the laugh is a swear word, because it can only be escaped in a dessert of futility."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, L'Abri Ideas Library, Ecclessisates (Pt2) - Francis Schaeffer


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Feb 01, 2018

THE TIME COMES:

"The time comes for 'not obeying the laws that are contrary to the laws of God, even if that means you're thrown to the lions.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, quote from Francis Schaeffer: The Man Behind the Manifesto, by McCandlish Phillips, Christianity Today, Jan. 1982, Moody Monthly


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Jan 31, 2018

DOCTRINAL FAITHFULNESS:

We must ask, ďDo I fight merely for doctrinal faithfulness?Ē This is like the wife who never sleeps with anybody else, but never shows love to her own husband. Is that a sufficient relationship in marriage? No, 10,000 times no. Yet if I am a Christian who speaks and acts for doctrinal faithfulness but do not show love to my divine Bridegroom, I am in the same place as such a wife. What God wants from us is not only doctrinal faithfulness, but our love day by day. Not in theory, mind you, but in practice."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before The Watching World.


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Jan 30, 2018

DR. SCHAEFFER'S BIRTHDAY:

Dr. Francis Schaeffer was born 106 years ago on Jan 30th, 1912 in Germantown, Pennsylvania!


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Jan 29, 2018

DEGRADING YOUR EXISTENCE:

"So sinful man takes his place among the lower circles of existence; he moves down from being man into the lower existence of the animals and machines. Man is thus divided against and from himself in every part of his nature."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 28, 2018

THE UNITY THAT IS MAN:

"We miss the biblical concept if we miss its emphasis that man is not just the parts; he is a unit... Anything that hurts that unity is destructive of the very basic thing that man is and what man needs to be."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 27, 2018

LIKE PURE SILVER:

"Have you heard that the silver is not pure, not considered ready for use until the silversmith himself can see his face reflected in the liquid silver? What a picture we have been given! (See Ps. 66:10)"

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Jan 26, 2018

THE VALUE OF PEOPLE:

"In the flood of the loss of humanness in our age-including the flow from abortion-on-demand to infanticide and on to euthanasia-the only thing that can stem this tide is the certainty of the absolute uniqueness and value of people. And the only thing which gives us this is the knowledge that people are made in the image of God. We have no other final protection. And the only way we know that people are made in the image of God is through the Bible and the Incarnation of Christ, which we know from the Bible."

~ Whatever Happened to the Human Race, Francis Schaeffer


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Jan 25, 2018

ROCHESTER L'ABRI CONFERENCE - 2018 FOR GLORY AND FOR BEAUTY - CREATIVITY AND THE CHRISTIAN :

February 9th and 10th, Visit the registration page for the Rochester Conference information and download the conference brochure.

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Jan 24, 2018

CREATOR-CREATED UNITY:

"God has spoken, and what he so teaches is a unity with what He has made."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 23, 2018

CREATING AFTER OUR CREATOR:

ďGod's creation and mine differ, of course. God can create out of nothing, by fiat. I cannot, because only He is infinite. In creation He is limited only by his own character. I am limited not only by my character, but by my finiteness. While I create, I bring forth in the external universe that he created."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 22, 2018

YOU CAN'T STOP CREATING!:

"It can be said that it is impossible for men not to create things constantly and truly. Even if I wished to stop I could not. It is impossible not to be creating things truly and constantly out of my thought-world into the external world and giving them permanent expression."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jan 21, 2018

BEAUTY FROM ASHES:

"Our Assurance as children of the Living God is that He is able to bring beauty from ashes."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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