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May 29, 2017

RESTING ON TRUTH CONTENT:

"It is very important to realize, over against modern concepts of 'spiritual experience,' that the biblically based experience rests firmly on truth. It is not only an emotional experience, nor is it contentless."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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May 28, 2017

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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May 27, 2017

THE FORCE OF THE SEEN:

"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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May 26, 2017

CONTENTLESS RELIGIOUS WORDS:

"...here in the West we are open to complete manipulation on the basis of contentless religious words. This is not theoretical."

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


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May 25, 2017

CONNOTATION AND MEANING:

"Words have two meanings, the definition and the connotation. The connotation goes on no matter what you do with the definition. Modern man destroys the definition of religious words, but nevertheless likes to cash in on their connotation/motivation force."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Pollution and the Death of Man


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May 20, 2017

TOTAL ALIENATION:

"...modern man does in fact assume-wittingly or unwittingly-that the universe and man can be explained by the impersonal plus time plus chance. And in this case man and his aspirations stand in total alienation from what is."

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


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May 19, 2017

EVERYTHING IN THE MACHINE:

"Modern, modern science,...extended the idea of the uniformity of natural causes by adding a new phrase— 'in a closed system.' This little phrase changed all of life because it put everything within the machine...If everything is put into the machine, of course there is no place for God. But also there is no place for man, no place for the significance of man, no place for beauty, for morals or for love. When you come to this place, you have a sea without a shore. Everything is dead."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the 20th Century. Editor Note: "Modern, modern science" is what Schaeffer seems to have begun to call Postmodernism, before others formulated a term.


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May 18, 2017

OUR UNIQUENESS TELLS US THE TRUTH :

"The list is rather long, for man is distinguished from both animals and machines on the basis of his creativity, his moral motions, his need for love, his fear of nonbeing, and his longings for beauty and for meaning. Only the biblical system has a way of explaining these factors which make man unique."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 17, 2017

DOCTRINE IS A CIRCLE:

"...the Christian doctrinal and intellectual position lays down a circle rather than a point...a circle of such a nature that it will warn us when we come to a place of danger. We should see the edge of the circle as an absolute limit past which we 'fall off the edge of the cliff'"

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


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May 15, 2017

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 13, 2017

LIVING BEFORE HE WHO IS THERE :

"Do you really believe He is there, or are you only living in some sort of sociological belief. Are you only making the right theological statements, or do you believe God is there and you live before Him?"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 12, 2017

A PROPER HUMANISM:

"...only the biblical position produces a real and proper 'humanism.' Naturalistic humanism leads to a diminishing of man and eventually to a zeroing of man. But the Christian position is that man is made in the image of God and even though he is now a sinner, he can do those things that are tremendous-he can influence history"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 11, 2017

LOST BUT GREAT:

"...man is not a cog in a machine...from the biblical viewpoint, man is lost, but great."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 10, 2017

REALISM WITH COMPASSION:

"It is my experience that giving the realistic message [on the judgement of God ] does not turn people off-if they feel real compassion in you."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 09, 2017

I PRAY FOR MERCY:

"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"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 08, 2017

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT!:

Dan was recently on The Unknown Webcast: Francis Schaeffer - "Christian Scholar-Evangelist of Exceptional Cloth"

~ Courtesy of Midwest Christian Outreach

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May 07, 2017

THE FINAL REALITY:

"The final reality is that God is really there."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 06, 2017

THE MANIPULATION OF NO ABSOLUTE TRUTH:

"Men no longer believe that there are absolutes, and more and more it has become the accepted thing not to speak the truth. The business contract is not honored if, legally, a way can be found around it. The employer does not honor his promise. The employee responds in kind. As men have turned away from God, who alone gives a basis for absolutes in truth, men have become untruthful and hypocritical with each other....our generation has come to accept it as normal and thus to be manipulated by it."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 05, 2017

PLAYING THE HARLOT:

"Whenever the church of Jesus Christ turns away from the living God and His propositional truth, she is playing the harlot."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 04, 2017

TWO CHAIRS:

"...there are only two chairs, not three. And at this present moment we are either sitting in one or the other [Faith or Unfaith]. Unfaith is just the Christian sitting in the materialist's chair."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 03, 2017

TO ENJOY HIM FOREVER:

"Often when we in the evangelical and orthodox circles talk about the purpose of man, we quote from the first answer of the Westminster Catechism: 'Man's chief end is to glorify God.' And often the sentence is ended there. This completely changes our Reformation forefathers' understanding of the Scriptures. If you are going to give the complete biblical answer, you must finish their sentence: 'Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.' That changes the whole view of life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Death in the City


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May 02, 2017

LIVE WEBCAST:

Dan will be on The Unknown Webcast to talk about Dr. Schaeffer TONIGHT! TUESDAY, MAY 2, 7:30 - 8:30 PM CST. Join us!

~ Courtesy of Midwest Christian Outreach

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May 01, 2017

WE DO NOT NEED 51 PERCENT!:

"We do not need 51 percent of the people to begin to have an influence. If 20 percent of the American population were really regenerate Christians, clear about their doctrines, beliefs and values, taking truth seriously, taking a consistent position, we could begin, not to have an overwhelming consensus, but at least to have a vital voice again..."

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


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Apr 30, 2017

THE GREAT MOMENTS:

"The great moments in church history have come when...two restorations have occurred simultaneously. There cannot be true revival unless there has been reformation, and reformation is not complete without revival."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Apr 29, 2017

ON THE UNKNOWN WEBCAST:

Dan will be on The Unknown Webcast to talk about Dr. Schaeffer next week TUESDAY, MAY 2, 7:30 - 8:30 PM CST. This will be LIVE!

~ Courtesy of Midwest Christian Outreach

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Apr 26, 2017

MORAL PRAGMATISM:

"...modern man has no categories...the moral equals the pragmatic on a very crude level."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Pollution and the Death of Man


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Apr 25, 2017

LEARN TO READ:

"Americans don't read enough (that's true), and Americans read too much (that's true too). What I mean is that many don't read enough material to really be informed, and yet they read too much because what they do read they often do not stop to assimilate and think through. I urge you, in such a day as ours, to really truly learn to read!"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 24, 2017

WHY NOT MANIPULATE MAN?:

"[If we] reduce man from a complex personal being made in the image of God to an electrochemical machine. Unfortunately, such a notion not only makes man meaningless but soon leads to the idea that man can, and just as well may, be manipulated with impunity."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 23, 2017

ALL VALUES ARE OPEN TO MANIPULATION:

"The problem is that with man being considered a product of the impersonal plus time plus chance, all values are arbitrary and open to manipulation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 22, 2017

ARBITRARY VALUES AND YOUR MANIPULATION:

"What sort of values will man then choose? And how shall he choose them? One thing is clear... the values are totally arbitrary. Anything can become a value. Furthermore, men will have no reason not to use the modern forms of manipulation in order to achieve their purposes and implement their arbitrary values."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 21, 2017

TAKING THE LEAD IN CULTURE:

"Christians should prepare to take the lead in giving direction to cultural change. And if it goes poorly, as well it might in the post-Christian world, then we should be consciously preparing the next generation for the new battles it will face."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 20, 2017

MANIPULATION, OUR MAJOR CHALLENGE:

"The major challenge is how to handle the recently developed techniques of human engineering and human manipulation. It is important for Christians to pay close attention to the course of events associated with these developments. We are going to be called upon to answer questions we have never considered before, and we should be prepared to respond."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 19, 2017

BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY:

"Biblical spirituality is not a relationship to the word God, or the idea God; it is a relationship to the one who is there, which is an entirely different concept."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, 1965 Wheaton Lectures


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Apr 18, 2017

IF I ONLY HAD AN HOUR:

"...he would devote himself to listening for hours to the struggles and questions of those who came to his home. He would say: 'If I have only an hour with someone, I will spend the first fifty-five minutes asking questions and finding out what is troubling their heart and mind, and then in the last five minutes I will share something of the truth.' "

~ Jerram Barrs, Francis Schaeffer: His Apologetics, chapter 2 of Francis Schaeffer: A Mind and Heart for God


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Apr 16, 2017

HE IS RISEN!:

"Paul asserts unequivocally that Jesus has been raised from the tomb and that we shall ourselves be raised like Him in the future. Jesus’ body was placed in the tomb, but it did not remain there. Jesus rose from the dead. It was not simply a subjective experience by which the disciples were deceived. Jesus rose from the dead as a space-time fact and then He appeared to the disciples."

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


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Apr 15, 2017

HIS SUFFERING FOR OUR GOOD:

"Matthew 27:46 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


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Apr 14, 2017

AND GOD SUFFERED:

"Matthew 27:11-50 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


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Apr 13, 2017

THE HORROR OF LOSTNESS:

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 12, 2017

ACT LIKE GOD EXIST HE SAYS:

"Sir Julian Huxley has clarified the dilemma by acknowledging, though he is an atheist, that somehow or other, against all that one might expect, man functions better if he acts as though God is there. This sounds like a feasible solution for a moment, the kind of answer a computer might give if you fed the sociological data into it. God is dead, but act as if He were alive."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There, 1968


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Apr 11, 2017

SCHAEFFER QUOTES Dr. Edmund R. Leach ON MECHANISMS REMOVING THE DIVINE:

"Today when the molecular biologists are rapidly unravelling the genetic chemistry of all living things-while the radio astronomers are deciphering the programme of an evolving cosmos-all the marvels of creation are seen to be mechanisms rather than mysteries. Since even the human brain is nothing more than an immensely complicated computer, it is no longer necessary to invoke metaphysics to explain how it works. In the resulting mechanistic universe all that remains of the divine will is the moral consciousness of man himself."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? 1979


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Apr 10, 2017

PROPHETIC: COLD EFFICIENCY:

"Some people not only believe that men and women are only machines, but are acting on the idea that they are only so many digits in one big computer. Feelings that place warmth, love, and compassion-not to mention the beauty and reality of human relationships-above other considerations are often all put aside for the great god of efficiency, especially in the economic realm."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race? 1979


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Apr 09, 2017

THE UNPROGRAMMED MAN:

"The Reformation confronts us with an Adam who was, to use twentieth-century thoughtforms, an unprogrammed man-he was not set up as a punch card in a computer system. One thing that marks twentieth-century man is that he cannot visualize this, because modern man is infiltrated by a concept of determinism. But the biblical position is clear-man cannot be explained as totally determined and conditioned."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Escape from Reason, 1968


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Apr 08, 2017

PROPHETIC: LOSS OF COMMUNICATION IN AN INFORMATION AGE:

"We have come to the position where we cannot communicate. The problem of modern man's loss of communication and his alienation did not have to wait for the computers and cybernetics."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There, 1968


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Apr 07, 2017

PROPHETIC: ENTERTAINMENT & JOBS:

"A sociologist has written that as computers and machines take over more and more tasks, people will have to stop being achievement-centered. Some are saying that in the next generation, the government's chief job will be to devise ways of keeping a growing mass of people entertained, because machines will have taken their jobs."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Apr 06, 2017

PROPHETIC: PRIVACY:

"Finally we must not forget the manipulative capacity of the high-speed computer. As a tool it is useful but neutral. It can be used for good purposes or equally for harm. It is not only helpful in scientific and business procedures but even now is useful in medicine to make more rapid diagnoses. Yet the possibility of information storage, beyond what men and governments ever had before, can make available at the touch of a button a man's total history (including remarks put on his record by his kindergarten teacher about his ability and character). And with the computer must be placed the modern scientific technical capability which exists for wholesale monitoring of telephone, cable, Telex, and microwave transmissions which carry much of today's spoken and written communications. The combined use of the technical capability of listening in on all these forms of communications with the high-speed computer literally leaves no place to hide and little room for any privacy."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live? 1976


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Apr 05, 2017

PROPHETIC: TOMORROW, THE MIND:

"Scientists admit that, so far, the brain remains inscrutable. And yet, they insist that tomorrow we will be able to understand it. Even though the computer is not actually comparable to the brain or the brain to the computer, many work on this basis. Scientists are asking us to bet on their knowledge of tomorrow: Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow our hypotheses will be confirmed."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Back to Freedom and Dignity


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Apr 04, 2017

PROPHETIC: DIGITAL MANIPULATION:

"computer itself can be dangerous. The computer has entered into a new age: it can watch you. The great eye can be upon you—recording every single thing you do from your birth to your death. This too is not tomorrow; it is ready today. One computer expert on the West Coast, a man who has as many basic computer patents as anybody in the world, has become so disturbed by the big, all-recording banks of computers that he is spending the end of his life trying to make little inexpensive computers so that men can fight the big computers. The existence of the computer and the control it puts into the hands of those in power steps up the power of each of the forms of modern manipulation in the hands of the manipulators."

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


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Apr 03, 2017

PROPHETIC: DIGITAL MORALITY:

"[Marshall McLuhan] says there is coming a time in the global village (not far ahead, in the area of electronics) when we will be able to wire everybody up to a giant computer, and what the computer strikes as the average at a given moment will be what is right and wrong. You may say that is far-fetched and there may never be such a worldwide computer system. But the concept of morals only being the average of what people are thinking and doing at a given time is a present reality."

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


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Apr 01, 2017

WE STILL HAVE A POINT OF CONTACT:

"If the unsaved man were completely logical [to his own presuppositions], and so had no point of common contact, we could not reach him for he would have taken his life and so be out of our reach."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Review of a Review


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Mar 31, 2017

DIVINE REFLECTION:

"...everything, even that which is created by a non-Christian may be blaspheming, yet the very fact that he creates is reflecting who he is as made in the image of God, whether he knows it or rejects it."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Why I am a Christian Pt 2, Reclaiming the World (video).


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Mar 30, 2017

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER AND THE APOLOGETIC OF BEAUTY:

What role does beauty play in the apologetics of Francis Schaeffer? Is exclusively an art apologetic or something more?

~ Dan Guinn, Paper: Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty, ISCA 2017.

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Mar 29, 2017

RENEWED INTEREST IN FRANCIS SCHAEFFER:

We are now in our 7th year of sharing the thought of Francis Schaeffer in the modern online public square. We have seen a resurgence in interest in Dr. Schaeffer on several fronts over these years, especially in the amount of memes, post and articles by others. We are thankful to have in some small but significant way contributed to this and inspired many to think about Dr. Schaeffer's thought. While he is just one of many important voices, few others were as uniquely gifted to provide the insights that he did in a post-Christian setting. It is our hope to continue for years to come. Keep reading, keep studying, keep praying and shedding tears for our culture, and keep sharing!

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Mar 28, 2017

TRUTH CREDIBILITY:

"Do you think for a moment we will have credibility if we say we believe the truth and yet do not practice the truth in religious matters?"

~ Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Mar 27, 2017

LIKE MICHELANGELO!:

"View little children! What are they doing? Making drawings. They're creative. As far as creativity, not as the level, but that's as much creative as Michelangelo"

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 2, Reclaiming the World.

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Mar 26, 2017

THE CREATIVITY DISTINCTIVE:

"one of the distinctives of people as against everything else is that all people are creative."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 2, Reclaiming the World.

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Mar 25, 2017

SHUT IN WITH BEAUTY:

"... Dr. Schaeffer held that, man is 'shut in.' He said, 'There is nowhere that man can go that he can escape the things of grace that God has given him to shut him in.' This is God's testimony to man. He has shut man in with beauty!"

~ Dan Guinn, Paper: Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty, ISCA 2017.

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Mar 24, 2017

BEAUTY, NO EXPLANATION:

"Dr. Schaeffer’s first analysis of reality is that God is objectively there. For all human beings, the question before us is either God is there, or He is not. There is no other basis or question. Thus, when the non-believer holds that God is not there, he has no explanation for what is before him or for himself. He cannot explain the beauty before him. He cannot explain the beauty within himself."

~ Dan Guinn, Paper: Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty, ISCA 2017.

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Mar 23, 2017

BEAUTY & TRUTH:

"True Christianity produces beauty as well as truth."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Mar 22, 2017

BEAUTY REALIZED:

"Seeing Schaeffer's apologetic as merely all about art, culture, and sweeping analysis is a tremendous misunderstanding that is all too common. Schaeffer was not trying to just make a mere art apologetic. Rather, Schaeffer's apologetic of beauty is an all inclusive notion of 'beauty realized' in contrast to a fallen world."

~ Dan Guinn, Paper: Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty, ISCA 2017.

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Mar 21, 2017

OFTEN MISCHARACTERIZED:

"Often mischaracterized and even arbitrarily dismissed as only an art philosophy, Schaeffer teaches us an apologetic of beauty that is missed by many scholars. Once understood, the strength of thought and the power of the clarification of the historic Christian position utterly confounds the very foundations of Atheism. Moreover, for the believer, when realized, it adds tremendous edification to one's soul."

~ Dan Guinn, Abstract, Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty, ISCA 2017.

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Mar 20, 2017

THE APOLOGETIC OF BEAUTY:

Dan will be presenting at ISCA this weekend on "Francis Schaeffer and the Apologetic of Beauty." Follow along this week for quotes.

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Mar 19, 2017

HE IS THERE AND HE HAS SACRIFICED:

"Christ dying on the cross is an absolute meaningless thing, if God isn't there. I always say, and I can't say it often enough, Christianity is a creation centered teaching."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.

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Mar 18, 2017

CHRISTIANITY, THE EASIEST RELIGION:

"Christianity is the easiest religion in the world, because it is the only religion where God and Christ, and the Holy Spirit does everything."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 17, 2017

CHRISTIANITY, THE HARDEST RELIGION:

"The heart of the rebellion of Satan and man was the desire to be autonomous. Accepting the Christian faith robs you, in this sense (not of your existence, not of your worth, it gives you your worth), but in this sense, it robs you completely of being autonomous. You didn't make yourself, you're not a product of chance. None of these things! You stand there before your Creator, plus nothing. You stand there before the Savior, plus nothing. It is a complete denial of being autonomous."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 16, 2017

BOWING METAPHYSICALLY:

"When you bow metaphysically, you acknowledge you're not autonomous, you're not a product of chance, that there is a Creator, who is the intellectual explanation of the universe and [yourself]. But He isn't just an intellectual answer, He is really there."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World. ~ Editor note: [yourself] was stated [myself] in the video.


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Mar 15, 2017

BOWING MORALLY:

"He is there, His character is is the absolute in the universe, you have deliberately sinned, you are a sinner, and so therefore you need the death of Christ as substitution."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 14, 2017

ADEQUATE ANSWERS:

"At a certain point we will come to a place, and each person will be at his own level, where we have adequate and sufficient answers, and it is so adequate, that God can count me guilty if I do not obey."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 13, 2017

RECEIVING QUESTIONS:

"...if you examine the ministry of Paul and also of Christ, you find they endlessly answered questions. There was no concept here of 'Shut up! Just believe!' It just doesn't exist."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 1, Reclaiming the World.


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Mar 12, 2017

ILLUSTRATIONS:

"Illustrations don't run on four legs, there's always something wrong with them."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Video: Why I am a Christian, Pt 2, Reclaiming the World.

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Mar 11, 2017

L'ABRI VIDEO RESOURCES :

Some of you may have discovered that several of Dr. Schaeffer's films are now available for viewing on Amazon. L'Abri has also just announced that two video series, Common Sense Christian Living (Edith Schaeffer Lectures) and Reclaiming the World (Francis Schaeffer Interviews) will be made available in the future for public viewing on their web site. We'll let you know when they become available!

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Mar 10, 2017

ON MEDIA ACCEPTANCE :

"...in order to be accepted in the secular media area, you generally have to be within their framework, and I am not."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Mar 09, 2017

WHY THESE PROBLEMS?:

"...the problems we face today have: come about due to a shift in world view--that is, through a fundamental change in the overall way people think and view the world and life as a whole. This shift has been away from a world view that was at least vaguely Christian in people's memory (even if they were not individually Christian) toward something completely different--toward a world view based upon the idea that the final reality is impersonal matter or energy shaped into its present form by impersonal chance."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto (re-quoted in The Great Evangelical Disaster)


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Mar 08, 2017

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND WORLDVIEW:

"Freedom of speech should not be shut up to one world view, as it is now."

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


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Mar 07, 2017

THE MOST HUMANITARIAN:

"Christians should be the most humanitarian of people, so we should show compassion to everybody."

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


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Mar 06, 2017

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER INSTITUTE 2017 GALLERY:

Check out the Rooted in God's Word, Engaged in the World Conference Gallery

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Mar 05, 2017

HOW INFLUENTIAL WAS ROOKMAAKER ON SCHAEFFER?:

"Rookmaaker, whom I met first when he was still a student, Both he and I say that we have kicked stuff around for so long that in large areas, including art, we would hesitate to say who thought of the idea first."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: Schaeffer on Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Mar 04, 2017

JUSTICE & COMPASSION:

"...we should demonstrate to those about us that we are fighting for certain things in our culture because we take justice seriously and we care for human beings."

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


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Mar 03, 2017

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INCLUDES ALL DISCIPLINES:

"If the Judeo-Christian position is the truth of all reality, and it is, then all the disciplines--including a knowledge and appreciation of the humanities and arts--are a part of Christian education."

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


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Mar 02, 2017

EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE?:

"I am not against experience, and I'm not just an intellectual machine. However, there is an awful lot of diminishing of content in our generation. I believe that as content is diminished force is diminished--even where there are true conversions."

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


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Mar 01, 2017

PROPERTY & COMPASSION:

"The Bible does teach the right to private property, but it never indicates that right without equally and simultaneously insisting on its compassionate use."

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


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Feb 28, 2017

LIFE, OUR CIVIC PRIORITY:

"Our first priority in our civic duties and in our responsibilities as salt and light is to stand and use ever means at our disposal politically and in the media for human life."

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


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Feb 27, 2017

12TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE:

The 12th Annual Conference of the International Society of Christian Apologetics will be held March 24 & 25 in Plano, TX at the Hope Center.

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Feb 26, 2017

LOVE ENOUGH TO LOVINGLY CONFRONT:

"If we are not willing to confront, how can we report to the Lord Jesus Christ that we love our neighbor as ourselves?"

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


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Feb 25, 2017

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER INSTITUTE CONFERENCE:

FSI/CMI - Rooted in the Word, Engaged in the World: Hermeneutics, Mission and Congregation, March 3-4, Registration is just $15!

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Feb 24, 2017

WHY THE FINAL APOLOGETIC STILL MATTERS:

Mary Jo Sharp ask, "If love is our most-convincing proof, does our combative spirit actually argue people away from the truth?"

Mary Jo Sharp, Outreach Magazine October 13, 2015

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Feb 23, 2017

DEVALUATION OF LIFE:

"Devaluation of human life flows quickly from killing the unborn to allowing a baby to die to helping an old person die quickly."

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


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Feb 22, 2017

AN ANALYTICAL MIND :

"I know I have an analytical mind, and one thing I've learned in a long lifetime is that you don't meet many people who have really analytical minds. This I had before I was a Christian. I became a Christian after analyzing the liberalism I was hearing preached on one side, and the philosophy I was reading on the other."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 21, 2017

ALTERNATIVE SEXUALITY & HUMANNESS:

"...when we say, 'We'll stand for the family against alternative lifestyles,' we are not just saying is is wrong, 'We're fighting for your humanness..."

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


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Feb 20, 2017

THE RIGHT PRIORITIES :

"Early in this century [, the 20th century,], when liberal theology flooded our churches, many Christians were at a political high tide. If they had used their strength rightly at that moment, they could have stopped liberal theology's conquest of the large denominations and the beginning slide toward a humanist consensus. Instead many Christian threw their energies into the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibited the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages. This was considered a total victory until the 21st Amendment revoked it all. I am making only one point here: Many Christians had the wrong priority."

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


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Feb 19, 2017

GOD'S WORD AND THE FAMILY:

"Living upon God's Word and looking to Christ, we should show in our families the continuity and beauty that God meant them to have, even in a fallen world."

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


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Feb 18, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S GRADES:

"I got rotten grades until I became a Christian, and after that I always studied to try to excel. I graduated magna cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College, even though in high school I hardly made it."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 17, 2017

SCHOOL & FREE SPEECH:

"Our first priority in regard to public schools should be freedom of speech."

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


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Feb 16, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S GENERALIZATIONS (PART 3 of 3) :

"In the type of writing I do, you must summarize: you can't possibly deal with all the nuances. So I try to find the central things they've sand and the results they had and present them,"

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 15, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S GENERALIZATIONS (PART 2 of 3) :

"I always hold my breath because I know there are certain nuances that would sound different if I were talking for two hours instead of writing on one page."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 14, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S GENERALIZATIONS (PART 1 of 3) :

"When you're not writing twenty-six books [on a subject]...you have to make summaries and, in general my summaries are correct. Now everybody makes mistakes--I am sure I've made some--but I would say that I've tried to treat other thinkers compassionately."

~ Philip Yancey, Francis Schaeffer: A Prophet for Our Time?, Christianity Today, Mar. 1979.


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Feb 13, 2017

REGISTER FOR ROOTED IN THE WORD, ENGAGED IN THE WORLD:

Join the City Ministry Initiative, together with the Francis A Schaeffer Institute in welcome leading biblical and missiological scholars and practitioners for a conference March 3-4.

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Feb 12, 2017

ON WESTERN MARXISM:

"Most of the young Marxist in the West today are attracted in the same way they were attracted to the drug trip. It's an existential dichotomy in which their reason does not enter in."

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


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Feb 11, 2017

TELEVISION AND TRUTH:

"As far as telling the truth is concerned, I think television has to lean against telling an untruth...you can tell two different stories. You ought to be able to lean against manipulation to tell the truth."

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


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Feb 10, 2017

FREE AUDIO LECTURE - DR. GROOTHIUS:

Dr. Douglas Groothuis (pronounced GROWT-ICE) spoke at Trinity Presbyterian in Rochester following the L'Abri Conference on the 5 Solas of the Reformation. Listen! Enjoy!

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Feb 09, 2017

ONE BASIC ISSUE:

"There is only one basic issue, and that is whether there is another source of knowledge which can tell us what we can't find out for ourselves. Historic Christianity believes that there is. We believe the Bible and the revelation of God in Christ are united and give us knowledge, not only 'religious' knowledge, but a key to understanding the universe and history."

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


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