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Nov 22, 2017

POSITIVE ANSWERS RESOLVING AFFLICTION OR SUFFICIENT GRACE AND STRENGTH THROUGH AFFLICTION?::

"It is wrong to shrug off the possibility that specific and positive answers to prayer are an expected part of the Christian's life, just as it is wrong to dismiss the reality that God's Grace and strength are able to be given with adequate 'sufficiency' to really make it possible to go on despite affliction."

~ Edith Schaeffer, Affliction


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Nov 21, 2017

THE ULTIMATE PERSONAL ENVIRONMENT:

"The ultimate reality of what has always been, was always personal. The ultimate personal environment is that God is there."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Practical Christian Living, The Dr Schaeffer Collection, The L'Abri Ideas Library (labri-ideas-library.org)


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Nov 20, 2017

AVOIDING THE CLIFF:

"...in our generation the whole direction is toward being unwilling to say that any system is right or wrong...But we must affirm the possibility of right and wrong with regard to systems and categories. We fall off the cliff...if we do not do so."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Some Absolute Limits, Appendix A to The Church Before the Watching world


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Nov 19, 2017

THE APEX:

"...the Christian system has a unique beauty and perfection because everything is under the apex of the system. Everything begins with the kind of God who is 'there.' This is the beginning and apex of the whole, and everything flows from this in a noncontradictory way."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Nov 18, 2017

FAILING THE TEST:

"If...the Christian community does not take a prolonged and vocal stand for the dignity of the individual and each person's right to life--for the right of each individual to be treated as created in the image of God, rather than as a collection of molecules with no unique value--we feel that as Christians we have failed the greatest moral test to be put before us in this century."

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


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Nov 17, 2017

GOD'S REALITY TAUGHT ARISTOTLE:

"Rational thought as antithesis is not rooted in Aristotle, it is rooted in reality"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Question of Apologetics, Appendix A to The God Who is There


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Nov 16, 2017

UNSTRUCTURED DEMOCRACY:

"In a fallen world, unstructured democracy is not possible."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Nov 15, 2017

THOSE LEAVING TRUTH BEHIND:

"Evangelical Christians should be better scholars than non-Christians because they know that there is truth in contrast to the [teachings of] relativism and narrow reductionism of every discipline. But too often Christians have naively entered the academic world with a glassy-eyed fascination and left their critical judgment and Christian truth behind."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Nov 14, 2017

FORSAKEN DUTY:

"Most fundamentally, our culture, society, government, and law are in the condition they are in, not because of a conspiracy, but because the church has forsaken its duty to be the salt of the culture."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Nov 13, 2017

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

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Nov 12, 2017

THE DEATH OF DEMOCRACY:

"The church is confronted with people who really believe that democracy is dead, who really believe that such an age is gone. I agree, unless we can return to a Reformation base with real reformation and real revival. These are the things the evangelical church should be getting prepared for."

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


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Nov 11, 2017

WITHOUT THE REFORMATION:

"Countries that have never had a Christian Reformation base will be the first to bow to authoritarianism."

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


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Nov 10, 2017

A REFORMATION WITH ANSWERS:

"And they [the Reformers,] took seriously that man needs the answers given by God in the Bible to have adequate answers not only for how to be in an open relationship with God, but also for how to know the present meaning of life and how to have final answers in distinguishing between right and wrong. That is, man needs not only a God who exists, but a God who has spoken in a way that can be understood."

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


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Nov 09, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON SOLA SCRIPTURA:

"The Reformers accepted the Bible as the Word of God in all that it teaches. Luther translated the Bible into German, and translations of the Bible began to be available for the people in the languages they could understand. To the Reformation thinkers, authority was not divided between the Bible and the church. The church was under the teaching of the Bible--not above it and not equal to it. It was sola scriptura, the Scriptures only. This stood in contrast to the humanism that had infiltrated the church after the first centuries of Christianity. At its core, therefore, the Reformation was the removing of the humanistic distortions which had entered the church."

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


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Nov 08, 2017

THE REFORMATION IN CONTEXT:

"...in the south, much of the High Renaissance was based on a humanistic ideal of man's being the center of all things, of man's being autonomous; ...in the north of Europe, the Reformation was giving an opposite answer. In other words, the Reformation was exploding with Luther just as the High Renaissance was coming to its close."

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


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Nov 07, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON JOHN KNOX:

"Knox is rightly thought of as a radical reformer. There is, however, an important distinction to keep in mind concerning him. Throughout his ministry, Knox appealed for moderation and compromise whenever truly fundamental issues were not at stake."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Nov 06, 2017

SONGS OF REFORMATION:

"Wycliffe's and Huss's views were the basic views of the Reformation which came later, and these views continued to exist in parts of the north of Europe even while the Renaissance was giving its humanist answers in the south. The Bohemian Brethren, the antecedents of the Moravian Church, were founded in 1457 by Huss's followers, and, like Luther's doctrines later, their ideas were spread not only by their teaching but by their emphasis on music and use of hymns. Huss himself wrote hymns which are still sung today."

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


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Nov 05, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON HUSS:

"John Huss of Bohemia (the heartland of modern Czechoslovakia) was a professor of the University of Prague (the Charles University). He lived between about 1369 and 1415. Thus his life overlapped Brunelleschi's, Masaccio's and van Eyck's. In contrast to the humanistic elements which had come into the church--and which led to the authority of the church being accepted as equal to, or greater than, the authority of the Bible and which emphasized human work as a basis for meriting the merit of Christ--Huss returned to the teachings of the Bible and of the early church and stressed that the Bible is the only source of final authority and that salvation comes only through Christ and His work. He further developed Wycliffe's views on the priesthood of all believers. Promised safe conduct to speak at the Council of Constance, he was betrayed and burned at the stake there on July 6, 1415."

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


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Nov 04, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON WYCLIFFE:

"...there had been forerunners of the Reformation. John Wycliffe (c. 1320-1384), whose life overlapped Giotto's, Dante's, Petrarch's and Boccaccio's, emphasized the Bible as the supreme authority, and he and his followers produced an English translation which had wide importance throughout Europe. "

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


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Nov 03, 2017

REFORMATION OR RENAISSANCE?:

"The High Renaissance in the south and the Reformation in the north must always be considered side by side. They dealt with the same basic problems, but they gave completely opposite answers and brought forth completely opposite results."

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


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Nov 02, 2017

DR. SCHAEFFER'S FAVORITE LUTHER QUOTE:

"Martin Luther said, 'If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at the moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved and to be steady on all the battle front besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Nov 01, 2017

REFORMATION RESULTS:

"In our own country we have enjoyed enormous human freedom. But at the same time this freedom has been founded upon forms of government, law, culture, and social morality which have given stability to individual and social life, and have kept our freedoms from leading to chaos. There is a balance here between form and freedom which we have come to take as natural in the world. But it is not natural. And we are utterly foolish if we do not recognize that this unique balance which we have inherited from the Reformation thought-forms is not automatic in a fallen world. This is clear when we look at the long span of history. But it is equally clear when we read the daily newspaper and see half the world locked in totalitarian oppression."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Oct 31, 2017

HAPPY REFORMATION DAY!:

"Let us emphasize again that the Reformation was no golden age; and our eyes should not turn back to it as if it were to be our perfect model. People have never carried out the biblical teaching perfectly. Nonetheless, wherever the biblical teaching has gone, even though it has always been marred by men, it not only has told of an open approach to God through the work of Christ, but also has brought peripheral results in society, including political institutions."

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


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Oct 30, 2017

ALL IS RELATIVISED:

"[In modern thinking,] all possible positions are relativized, and leads to the concept that truth is to be sought in synthesis rather than antithesis."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Oct 29, 2017

SPIRITUAL POWER:

"as Christians, we too must comprehend something of our need for spiritual power. If we think we can operate on our own, if we do not comprehend the need for a power beyond our own, we will never get started. If we think the power of our own cleverness is enough, we will be at a standstill."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ch. 4. The Lordís Work in the Lordís Way, No Little People


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Oct 28, 2017

THE FORCE OF THE SEEN:

"You feel you know everything because you have actually seen the picture with your own eyes, but in every situation you have been given an edited version... When what is shown on television is carefully edited, this force of the seen is then an absolute form of manipulation."

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


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Oct 27, 2017

WE ARE AS WE 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!"

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


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Oct 26, 2017

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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Oct 25, 2017

PRESUPPOSITION VS THE REAL WORLD:

"The more logical a man who holds a non-Christian position is to his own presuppositions, the further he is from the real world; and the nearer he is to the real world, the more illogical he is to his presuppositions."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Oct 24, 2017

WE DO NOT NEED A DARK ROOM:

"We do not need a dark room; we do not need to be under the influence of a hallucinatory drug; we do not need to be listening to a certain kind of music; we can know the reality of the supernatural here and now. This experiential result, however, is not just an experience of "bare" supernaturalism, without content, without our being able to describe and communicate it. It is much more. It is a moment-by-moment, increasing, experiential relationship to Christ and to the whole Trinity. We are to be in a relationship with the whole Trinity. The doors are open now: the intellectual doors, and also the doors to reality."

~ Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 23, 2017

NOT SO REVOLUTIONARY:

"You cannot be a revolutionary simply by some minor thing like letting your hair grow and cultivating a beard."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Church At The End of the Twentieth Century


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Oct 22, 2017

REFORMATION AND REVIVAL:

"May we be those who know the reality of both reformation and revival, so that this poor dark world in which we live may have an exhibition of a portion of the church returned to both pure doctrine and a Spirit-filled life."

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Oct 21, 2017

THE ART OF LIFE:

"...there is a very real sense in which the Christian life itself should be our greatest work of art. Even for the great artist, the most crucial work of art is his life."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Art And The Bible


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Oct 20, 2017

A STARTING PLACE:

"The inward area is the first place of loss of true Christian life, of true spirituality, and the outward sinful act is the result. If we can only get hold of this--that the internal is the basic, the external is always merely the result--it will be a tremendous starting place."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 19, 2017

THE TRUE SOLUTION:

"...the Christian life, true spirituality, can never have a mechanical solution. The real solution is being cast up into the moment-by-moment communion, personal communion, with God Himself, and letting Christ's truth flow through me through the agency of the Holy Spirit."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 18, 2017

THE NON-MECHANICAL SOLUTION:

"It is not possible to say, pray so long every day, and you will have a certain amount of sanctification. It is not possible to add the two together and to say, you will have this big a piece of sanctification. This is a purely mechanical solution, and denies the whole Christian position."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 17, 2017

NO MECHANICAL SOLUTION:

"...it is obvious that there is no mechanical solution to true spirituality or the true Christian life. Anything that has the mark of the mechanical upon it is a mistake. It is not possible to say, read so many chapters of the Bible every day, and you will have this much sanctification."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Oct 16, 2017

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 20th Century.


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Oct 15, 2017

HABITS OF CONTROVERSY:

"Beware the habits we learn in controversy. Both must appear together: the holiness of God and the love of God simultaneously by the grace of God."

- Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before The Watching World


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Oct 14, 2017

WHEN FREEDOM DESTROYS ORDER:

"When...freedoms [afforded by Christianity] are separated from the Christian base,...they become a force of destruction leading to chaos. When this happens, as it has today, then, to quote Eric Hoffer (1902-), 'When freedom destroys order, the yearning for order will destroy freedom.'"

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


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Oct 13, 2017

TRUTH, LOVE AND CONFRONTATION:

"...truth brings confrontation and it must be with love...the Separatist forgot the love part and it wiped us out. We've paid a price for 30 years for that. But while if you leave out the love, you lose, and you are not what you should be in the world, on the other hand if you forget that truth brings confrontation it is equally destructive."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Commonlife Magazine, 1981 ~ Interviewed by David Leigh


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Oct 12, 2017

COMMON CREATURES:

"Our attitude toward all men should be that of equality because we are common creatures."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People.


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Oct 11, 2017

GOD, GOVERNMENT, TYRANTS AND SEPARATION:

"William Penn (1644-1718) had expressed ... 'If we are not governed by God, then we will be ruled by tyrants.' This consensus was as natural as breathing in the United States at that time. We must not forget that many of those who came to America from Europe came for religious purposes. As they arrived, most of them established their own individual civil governments based upon the Bible. It is, therefore, totally foreign to the basic nature of America at the time of the writing of the Constitution to argue a separation doctrine that implies a secular state."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Oct 10, 2017

THE DARK PATH:

"Men must know that with integrity we have faced the reality of the dark path they are treading."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Oct 09, 2017

THE DOCTRINAL CIRCLE:

"Christianity [doctrinally] is not to be considered a single point or a narrow repetitive line, but as a circle which provides form. Within the circle there is freedom to move in terms of understanding and expression."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer ~ Some Absolute Limits (Appendix to The Church Before The Watching World)


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Oct 08, 2017

HANGING ON TO DIGNITY:

"People today are trying to hang on to the dignity of man, but they do not know how to, because they have lost the truth that man is made in the image of God."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape From Reason


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Oct 07, 2017

FAITH AMID LIFE:

"Our faith is not just a theoretical thing. It is faith amid temptation. It is faith amid tribulation. It is faith amid the rough-and-tumble of life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Finished Work Of Christ


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Oct 06, 2017

WHAT IS WRONG IS WRONG:

"Certainly what I have stressed many times is correct: merely being conservative is no better than being nonconservative per se. Conservative humanism is no better than liberal humanism; 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. Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Oct 05, 2017

EVANGELICALISM AND SCRIPTURE:

"There is no use of Evangelicalism seeming to get larger and larger, if at the same time appreciable parts of Evangelicalism are getting soft at that which is the central core, namely the Scriptures."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Final Conflict


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Oct 04, 2017

THE TEMPLE PRECIOUS STONES:

"There was no pragmatic reason for the precious stones. They had no utilitarian purpose. God simply wanted beauty in the temple. God is interested in beauty."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Oct 03, 2017

THE MIND BELONGS TO CHRIST:

"... we have to take the initiative to stress that the mind belongs to Christ, the whole man is to come to Christ."

~ Dr. Schaeffer, The New Super-Spirituality


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Oct 02, 2017

KIERKEGAARD:

"I do not think Kierkegaard would be happy, or would agree, with what has developed from his thinking in either secular or religious existentialism."

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


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Oct 01, 2017

CONTRASTING WORLDVIEWS:

"I have found little that is 'good' about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash." ~ Sigmund Freud OR "Though the Bible says men are lost, it does not say they are nothing. When a man says he is a machine or nothing, he makes himself less than the Bible's view of fallen man."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Sep 30, 2017

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT:

"I cannot believe with my mind that all of this was produced by chance." Charles Darwin ~ "If he could not trust his mind on such a crucial point, how could he trust it to formulate the evolutionary hypothesis itself?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death In The City


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Sep 29, 2017

THOSE AGAINST GENDER CREATION:

"In much of modern thinking, all antithesis and all the order of God's creation is to be fought against--including the male-female distinctions. The pressure toward unisex is largely rooted here. But this is not an isolated problem; it is a part of the world-spirit of the generation which surrounds us."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Sep 28, 2017

CONTENT TO BE MEANINGLESS?:

"...no man, regardless of his theoretical system, is content to look at himself as a finally meaningless machine which can and will be discarded totally forever."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death In The City


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Sep 27, 2017

GODLY DISCOURAGEMENT:

"It is possible to be faithful to God, and yet to be overwhelmed with discouragement as we face the world. In fact, if we are never overwhelmed, I wonder if we are fighting the battle with compassion and reality, or whether we are jousting with paper swords against paper windmills."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death In The City


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Sep 26, 2017

THE HOMOSEXUAL ANTITHESIS:

"Some forms of homosexuality today are of a similar nature, in that they are not just homosexuality but a philosophic expression. One must have understanding for the real homophile's problem. But much modern homosexuality is an expression of the current denial of antithesis."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Sep 25, 2017

SPIRITUALITY IN CONTEXT:

"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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Sep 24, 2017

SCHAEFFER ON THE MOUNTAINS:

"I thought how our dear Lord comes into more proper perspective in such a place as this--for the higher the mountains, the more understandable is the glory of Him who made them and who holds them in His hand. But the other side is also true: man also comes into his proper place. As the Lord gains in greatness, in comparison to the mountains, so man diminishes."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Letters of Francis Schaeffer (Lane T. Dennis)


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Sep 23, 2017

TO THE END OF THE WORLD:

"The truth of Christianity is that it is true to what is there. You can go to the end of the world and you never need be afraid, like the ancients, that you will fall off the end and the dragons will eat you up."

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


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Sep 22, 2017

WHEN THINGS GET UGLY :

"Nothing is more ugly than the orthodox man [Christian] treating another man as less than a man."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church Before the Watching World


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Sep 21, 2017

LIBERAL THEOLOGY AND DRUGS:

"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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Sep 20, 2017

HOW QUOTABLE IS FRANCIS SCHAEFFER?:

It might surprise you that, in this, our 7th year, we have repeated Dr. Schaeffer's quotes less than 10 times in that entire period. Maybe we've been a little zealous, it might be okay to repeat a few! We'll start by giving you a chance to take a look back at this year's most recent post and quotes.

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Sep 19, 2017

SUPPORTING DISASTER RECOVERY:

Mission to North America (PCA) is involved in considerable disaster response for those suffering from Hurricane Harvey and Irma. We at Francis Schaeffer Studies ask you to please consider supporting these efforts.

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Sep 18, 2017

MEDIA MONDAY: OUR FIRST LEGACY PROJECT VIDEO:

This October marks the sixth anniversary of the beginning of the Legacy Project. Watch our first interview with Dr. David Calhoun of Covenant Seminary.

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Sep 10, 2017

TIME PLUS CHANCE:

"If we do not begin with a personal Creator, eventually we are left (no matter how we string it out semantically) with the impersonal plus time plus chance. We must explain everything in the uniqueness of man, and we must understand all of the complexity of the universe on the basis of time plus chance."

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


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Sep 09, 2017

UNTHINKABLE FACTS:

"It is not that the facts are against the Christian presuppositions, but simply that the Christian view is presented as unthinkable. The better the university, the better the brainwashing tends to be."

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


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Sep 08, 2017

JUST MACHINES:

"Modern man says, 'No, we are just machines--chemically determined or psychologically determined.' But nobody consistently lives this way in his life."

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


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Sep 07, 2017

MODERN NONREASON:

"Modern man is a mystic in the sense of his leaping 'upstairs'...He seeks optimism on the basis of nonreason. He does not know why he must leap; yet he feels forced to make the leap against his reason."

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


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Sep 05, 2017

Before the Watching World;:

Identity and Legacy in After 500 Years of Reform

~ at Covenant Seminary, from the Francis Schaeffer Institute

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Aug 30, 2017

TRUTH WITHOUT BLIND AUTHORITY:

"Often people say to me, 'How is it that you seem to be able to communicate with these far-out people? You seem to be able to talk in such a way that they understand what you're saying, even if they do not accept it.' There may be a number of reasons why this is so, but one is that I try to get them to consider the biblical system and its truth without an appeal to blind authority..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 29, 2017

St. Louis L'Abri Conference - 2017:

Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Covenant Theological Seminary - "The Power of God's Word to Transform Cultures"

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Aug 20, 2017

JESUS SEPARATED:

"...the word Jesus, separated from the content of the Scriptures, has become the enemy of the Jesus of history..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 19, 2017

JESUS IMMORALITY:

"It is now [believed by some that it is] Jesus-like to sleep with a girl or a man, if she or he needs you. As long as you are trying to be human, you are being Jesus-like to sleep with the other person--at the cost, be it noted, of breaking the specific morality which Jesus taught. But to these people this does not matter"...

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 18, 2017

WHEN I HEAR "JESUS":

"I have come to the point where, when I hear the word Jesus--which means so much to me because of the Person of the historic Jesus and His work--I listen carefully because I have with sorrow become more afraid of the word Jesus than almost any other word in the modern world. The word is used as a contentless banner, and our generation is invited to follow it. But there is no rational, scriptural content by which to test it, and thus the word is being used to teach the very opposite things from those which Jesus taught."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 17, 2017

THE NEW JESUS MYSTICISM:

"...some evangelicals have recently been asserting that what matters is not setting out to prove or disprove propositions; what matters is an encounter with Jesus. When a Christian has made such a statement he has, in an analyzed or unanalyzed form, moved upstairs."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason - Editor's Note: Schaeffer's "moved upstairs" phrase implies one has taken a leap into non-reason. He is not saying that an "encounter with Jesus," is not important, but that a Jesus without the truth content of Scripture is just another form of subtle mysticism.


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Aug 16, 2017

THE JESUS MEMORY:

"[Liberal] theologians use the word [Jesus] because it is rooted in the memory of the race. It is humanism with a religious banner called 'Jesus' to which they can give any content they wish."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 15, 2017

THE NONRATIONAL FALSE FAITH:

"... in our day, the sphere of faith is placed in the nonrational and nonlogical as opposed to the rational and logical, the unverifiable as opposed to the verifiable. The new theologians use connotation words rather than defined words--words as symbols without any definition, in contrast to scientific symbols that are carefully defined. Faith is unchallengeable because it could be anything--there is no way to discuss it in normal categories."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 14, 2017

CHANGE FOR LOST REASONS:

"In the 1980s there [was] much pornography just as pornography--just as there [was] in the 1980s mostly drug-takers for escape. However, it should be kept in mind that these things did go through a conscious philosophic period. Any idealism has largely been lost, and society has been influenced and changed--often with no realization as to why the change has come."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 13, 2017

MYSTICISM WITHOUT GOD OR CATEGORIES:

"The mysticism with nobody there,... is therefore a mysticism without categories; so it does not matter ...whether you use religious or nonreligious terms, art-symbol systems, or pornography."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 12, 2017

MYSTICISM AND DESPERATION:

"...mysticism with nobody there, a mysticism that flies in the face of rationality. There is nothing, and yet, driven by his aspirations--because he is made in the image of God--man tries all these overwhelming acts of desperation, even entertaining the hope that a golden age will emerge..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 11, 2017

FAITH WITH NOBODY THERE:

"The old mystics always said that there was somebody there, but the new mystic says that does not matter, because faith is the important thing. It is faith in faith, whether expressed in secular or religious terms. The leap is the thing and not the terms in which the leap is expressed."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason


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Aug 10, 2017

WHAT'S WRONG?:

"...in one way it is easier today than it was a few years ago to proclaim the sinfulness of man. On every side artists, novelists and protest singers are saying, 'Whatís wrong with man? Somethingís wrong with man.' The Bible agrees and gives us a realistic view of life: 'The heart is deceitfully wicked.' [Jer. 17:9]"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Aug 09, 2017

THE HARD DAYS AHEAD:

"There are hard days ahead of us--for ourselves and for our spiritual and physical children. And without a strong view of Scripture as a foundation, we will not be ready for the hard days to come."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Aug 07, 2017

TOUCH THE WORLD WITH ABSOLUTES:

"It is God's life-changing power that is able to touch every individual, who then has the responsibility to touch the world around him with the absolutes found in the Bible."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 06, 2017

NOT JUST A CULTURAL ILL:

"...we must realize that the spirit of the age--with all the loss of truth and beauty, and the loss of compassion and humanness that it has brought-is not merely a cultural ill. It is a spiritual ill that the truth given us in the Bible and Christ alone can cure."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 05, 2017

UP THE HILL ONCE MORE:

"Many times I say, 'I canít go up the hill once more. I can't do it again.' And what is God's answer? Well, first it is important to know that God doesn't scold a man when his tiredness comes from his battles and his tears from compassion. Second, it is learning to say, and mean, 'Lord, please make your strength perfect in my weakness.'"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 04, 2017

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, Death in the City


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Aug 02, 2017

THE MINORITY:

"in the United States in the twenties not everyone was a Christian, but in general there was a Christian consensus. Now that consensus is gone. Ours is a post-Christian world in which Christianity, not only in the number of Christians but in cultural emphasis and cultural result, is now in the minority. "

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Aug 01, 2017

THE POSITION OF MAN:

"if we are going to begin to think of reformation and revival, we must have the same mentality God has concerning the position of man. "

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Jul 31, 2017

THE EXHIBITION OF TRUTH:

"May we be those who know the reality of both reformation and revival, so that this poor dark world may have an exhibition of a portion of the church returned to both pure doctrine and Spirit-filled life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Jul 25, 2017

REFORMATION AND REVIVAL:

"Reformation refers to a restoration to pure doctrine; revival refers to a restoration in the Christian's life. Reformation speaks of a return to the teachings of Scripture; revival speaks of a life brought into its proper relationship to the Holy Spirit. The great moments of church history have come when these two restorations have simultaneously come into action..."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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Jul 21, 2017

THE CITY DUMP:

"When I was growing up in Philadelphia, I would hike every Saturday. To get to the clean air of the country, I used to save a couple miles by tramping through the city dump. I have never forgotten this. It was a place of junk, fire, stench. It has helped me tremendously to think back on that place, because even as a boy I realized that I saw there almost everything people spend their money for. That was where their investment ended."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 17, 2017

TWO VALUES:

"We all tend to be influenced by the spirit around us, and in the United States and the Western world most people have only two values--personal peace and affluence."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 16, 2017

THE THIRD OPTION:

"Our choice is not between an accumulated property, which is hard, cold and unloving (characterized by people who care for nobody but themselves as they amass great fortunes) and a socialism in which the state owns everything. The Christian has a third option--property acquired and used with compassion."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 15, 2017

FULL CIRCLE:

"Many young people have rejected their parents' style of materialism only to come round in a big circle to their own kind. As long as they have enough money to pay for their life-style, they care about nothing else."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 14, 2017

PRACTICAL MATERIALISM:

"Christians can reject [materialism]...and yet not escape from...what I call practical materialism. Tragically, all too many of us live out this antithesis of true spirituality. We all tend to live 'ash heap lives'; we spend most of our time and money for things that will end up in the city dump."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Ash Heap Lives (No Little People)


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Jul 10, 2017

A CHURCH LEGACY:

Many may not be aware that the International Presbyterian Church was founded in 1954 through the ministry of Francis Schaeffer and L'Abri in Switzerland. Ranald Macaulay (Dr. Schaeffer's son-in-law), has written a fascinating account that provides something of the interwoven history with the L'Abri story. The IPC denomination has since grown to 33 churches and continues to hold fast to it's founding principles and close relationship with L'Abri.

~ Editor's note: Read more about the IPC at ipc.church.

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Jul 08, 2017

WITHERSPOON VIRTUE:

"'A republic once equally poised must either preserve its virtue or lose its liberty.' [Witherspoon] Don't you wish that everybody in America would recite that, and truly understand it, every morning?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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