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Sep 18, 2018

SCHAEFFER THE GENERALIST:

"[Schaeffer] was a generalist, and the academic world requires hyper-specialization if you are going to advance there. Schaeffer was interested in the forest. When you spent your entire career studying only one leaf of one tree, Schaeffer will have a hard time satisfying you when he has occasion to mention your tree. But if you want to see the forest for the trees, you need Schaeffer. The sad inability of many Evangelical academics to see beyond the end of their noses when it comes to the significance of Schaeffer's insights, ... is one of the most depressing phenomena of the last half century, and goes far toward explaining why the so-called 'Evangelical Renaissance' has produced such poor results."

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Sep 17, 2018

THE MOST REALISTIC BOOK:

"Many feel that the Bible should portray a romantic view of life, but the Bible is actually the most realistic book in the world. It does not glibly say, 'God's in His heaven--all's right with the world!' It faces the world's dilemmas squarely."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Sep 16, 2018

A REAL POVERTY:

"Some years ago when I started to work out a Christian concept of culture, many people considered what I was doing suspect. They felt that because I was interested in intellectual answers, I must not be biblical. But this attitude represents a real poverty. It fails to understand that if Christianity is really true, then it involves the whole man, including his intellect and creativeness. Christianity is not just 'dogmatically' true or 'doctrinally' true. Rather, it is true to what is there, true in the whole area of the whole man in all of life."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Sep 15, 2018

THE MAN, THE ARTIST:

"..it is the 'mannishness' of man that creates [,created by God]. The artist as a man does not disappear, leaving the muse alone to speak."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Sep 14, 2018

SHALL WE BE SWEPT ALONG?:

"...are we Christians going to be merely swept along with the trends--our own moral values becoming increasingly befuddled, our own apathy reflecting the apathy of the world around us, our own inactivity sharing the inertia of the masses around us, our own leadership becoming soft?"

~ Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Sep 13, 2018

THE MOST CRUCIAL ART:

"...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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Sep 12, 2018

THE VALUE OF ART:

"As a Christian we know why a work of art has value. Why? First, because a work of art is a work of creativity, and creativity has value because God is the Creator."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible


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Sep 11, 2018

PLASTIC SPIRITUALITY:

"It is not that Christians are to 'give thanks' with a plastic smile, saying things are wonderful when they are hard. It is knowing that the hard things are really hard things, a result of the abnormality since the Fall, yet not revolting against God when the hard things come. It is in this sense we are to say, 'thank you.' I know that even out of this part of the battle and tears, my Heavenly Father will bring goodóeven though I may not know how all the pieces fit together."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Sep 10, 2018

ONE BASIC PROBLEM:

"Modern problems in many fields are really not many, but one basic problem with a number of results in what at first may seem to be unrelated fields or disciplines...if our comprehension of this relatedness is not clear at its base, we cannot give basic solutions to effect a cure."

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


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Sep 09, 2018

NO LITTLE PEOPLE:

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

~ Francis Schaeffer, No Little People


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Sep 08, 2018

A SERIES OF BALANCES:

"The whole Bible's teaching gives us a series of balances that no one verse can give. This takes a lifetime of careful study."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Sep 07, 2018

LOVE ENOUGH NOT TO COVET:

"We must see that to love God with all the heart, mind, and soul is not to covet against God; and to love man, to love our neighbor as ourselves, is not to covet against man. When I covet Godís prerogatives for myself, or covet another personís things for myself, I am not loving God or the person as I should."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Sep 06, 2018

ALL ARE PHILOSOPHERS:

"...all people are philosophers, for all people have a world-view. This is as true of the man digging a ditch as it is of the philosopher in the university."

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


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Sep 05, 2018

NO NEED FOR A CONSPIRACY THEORY:

"With an elite providing the arbitrary absolutes, not just TV but the general apparatus of the mass media can be a vehicle for manipulation. There is no need for collusion or a plot. All that is needed is that the world-view of the elite and the world-view of the central news media coincide."

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


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Sep 04, 2018

TRINITY TRUTH:

"It is central and important to our Christian faith to have clearly in mind the facts concerning the Trinity. Genesis 1:26; John 17:24 [show that] Communication and love existed between the persons of the Trinity before the creation."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Sep 03, 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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Sep 02, 2018

TRUTH EXPERIENCE:

"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 content-less."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Sep 01, 2018

SAME QUESTIONS:

"I have worked with shipyard workers, mill workers, all kinds of people (as well as, when I was younger, personally working on farms, a huckster wagon, in factories, and so on), and I am convinced that these people often have the same questions as the intellectual; the only thing is that they do not articulate them, or if they do articulate them it is not in the same terminology. I know these people, and I am convinced that the things we are talking about can be talked about to almost anyone--all one has to do is to shift gears in language. Incidentally, that too is love."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Question of Apologetics, Appendx A to The God Who Is There


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Aug 31, 2018

SAME QUESTIONS:

"Not everybody is called to answer the questions of the intellectual, but when you go down to the shipyard worker you have a similar task. My second pastorate was with shipyard workers, and I tell you they have the same questions as the university man. They just do not articulate them the same way."

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


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Aug 30, 2018

TRUTH AND LOVE CONFERENCE?:

"We have conferences about everything else. Who has ever heard of a conference to consider how true Christians can exhibit in practice a fidelity to the holiness of God and yet simultaneously exhibit in practice a fidelity to the love of God before the watching world?Ē

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Mark of a Christian


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Aug 29, 2018

ONE WORLDVIEW:

"There is one worldview which can explain the existence of the universe, its form, and the uniqueness of people--the world-view given to us in the Bible."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Whatever Happened to the Human Race


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Aug 28, 2018

HABITS OF CONTROVERSY:

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

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Aug 27, 2018

THE FOUNDATION:

"Unless the Bible is without error, not only when it speaks of salvation matters, but also when it speaks of history and the cosmos, we have no foundation for answering questions concerning the existence of the universe and its form and the uniqueness of man. Nor do we have any moral absolutes, or certainty of salvation, and the next generation of Christians will have nothing on which to stand."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, APPENDIX B, The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century - What Difference Does Inerrancy Make? (March 1982, International Council on Biblical Inerrancy)


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Aug 17, 2018

A PROFOUND REALITY:

"...gradually I found something. I found something that I had not been taught, a simple thing but profound. I discovered the meaning of the work of Christ, the meaning of the blood of Christ, moment-by-moment in our lives after we are Christians--the moment-by-moment work of the whole Trinity in our lives because as Christians we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. That is true spirituality."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents, Two Realities


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Aug 16, 2018

RESPECTING HUMAN DIGNITY:

"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 God's grace treat every man with dignity."

~ Francis Schaeffer, Two Contents Two Realities


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Aug 15, 2018

APOLOGETICS AND THE CHRISTIAN IMAGINATION:

The Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Seminary will be hosting a conference on Fri, Sep 21, 2018 7:00 PM - Sat, Sep 22, 2018 3:30 PM CDT. Follow the link to read more! Hope to see you there!

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Jul 28, 2018

THE TRINITY:

"It is central and important to our Christian faith to have clearly in mind the facts concerning the Trinity."

~ Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Jul 27, 2018

TRUTH IN PRACTICE:

"When I accepted Christ as Savior, when God as judge declared me justified, these things became legally true. My call in the Christian life is to see them become true in my life in practice."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jul 26, 2018

HOW SCIENCE FORGOT IT'S ORIGINS:

"...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)."

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


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Jul 25, 2018

THE INWARD 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 A. Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jul 24, 2018

FREEDOM CONSENSUS:

"...the unusual and wide freedoms which biblical Christianity gave to countries where it supplied the consensus. When these freedoms are separated from the Christian base, however, they become a force of destruction leading to chaos. When this happens, as it has today, then, to quote Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), 'When freedom destroys order, the yearning for order will destroy freedom.'"

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


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Jul 23, 2018

WHEN 'THANK YOU' HAS MEANING:

"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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Jul 22, 2018

BEHIND HOMOSEXUALITY:

"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. It has led in this case to an obliteration of the distinction between man and woman. So the male and the female as complementary partners are finished. This is a form of homosexuality which is a part of the movement below the line of despair. In much of modern thinking, all antithesis and all the order of Godís 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. It is imperative that Christians realize the conclusions which are being drawn as a result of the death of absolutes."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There


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Jul 21, 2018

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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Jul 20, 2018

FAITH AMID:

"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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Jul 19, 2018

CONSERVATIVE HUMANISM & AUTHORITARIANISM?:

"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. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jul 18, 2018

NUMBERS OR TRUTH?:

"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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Jul 17, 2018

NOT 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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Jul 16, 2018

NONDETERMINISTIC:

"Christianity does not have a deterministic system. We must always keep away from any sense of a deterministic system regardless of the phrases used to state such a system. The reason Christianity is nondeterministic is that in Christianity we have a nondetermined God. This cannot be stressed too strongly. God did not create because He had to. He is 'there' and He is 'free,' and His freedom includes the important point that He did not have to create."

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


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Jul 15, 2018

LEGITIMATE FORCE:

"In a fallen world, force in some form will always be necessary. We must not forget that every presently existing government uses and must use force in order to exist. Two principles, however, must always be observed. First, there must be a legitimate basis and a legitimate exercise of force. Second, any overreaction crosses the line from force to violence. And unmitigated violence can never be justified."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jul 13, 2018

CONSTITUTIONAL & INDIVIDUAL PRACTICE:

"...we must use every constitutional practice to offset the rise of authoritarian governments and the loss of humanness in our society. But there is no use in talking of offsetting the loss of humanness in society if we do not act humanly to all people about us in the contacts of our individual lives."

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


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Jul 12, 2018

ERECT MONUMENTS OF COMPASSION:

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

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


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Jul 11, 2018

I SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH, SO HELP ME...MAN?:

"Even on the basis of Man's finiteness having people swear in court in the name of humanity, as some have advocated, saying something like, 'We pledge our honor before all mankind,' would be insufficient enough. But reduced to the materialistic view of Man, it is even less. Although many nice words may be used, in reality law constituted on this basis can only mean brute force."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jul 10, 2018

PROPHETIC: BLACK-WHITE CRISIS:

"The evangelical church seems to specialize in being behind. We began to talk about the pressures of the black-white crisis and the urban problems only after most of society had been talking about them for a long time. And, of course, these are real and a part of the whole, but the major problem we are going to face--as I see it, and I could be wrong and I hope I am--in the next twenty years or so is revolution with repression. Society is going to change. I believe that when my great-grandchildren grow to maturity, they will face a culture that has little similarity to ours. And the church today should be getting ready and talking about issues of tomorrow and not about issues of thirty and forty years ago, because the church is going to be squeezed in a wringer." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century, 1970!!!


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Jul 09, 2018

BROTHERS & NEIGHBORS:

"...just because the Bible says that not all men are our brothers, it does not follow that we are not to love all men as our neighbors."

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


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Jul 08, 2018

CHRISTIAN CONSENSUS OR CHRISTIAN NATION?:

"Christianity is no longer providing the consensus for our society. And Christianity is no longer providing the consensus upon which our law is based. That is not to say that the United States ever was a 'Christian nation' in the sense that all or most of our citizens were Christians, nor in the sense that the nation, its laws, and social life were ever a full and complete expression of Christian truth. There is no golden age in the past which we can idealize--whether it is early America, the Reformation, or the early church. But until recent decades something did exist which can rightly be called a Christian consensus or ethos which gave a distinctive shape to Western society and to the United States in a definite way. Now that consensus is all but gone, and the freedoms that it brought are being destroyed before our eyes. We are at a time when humanism is coming to its natural conclusion in morals, in values, and in law. All that society has today are relativistic values based upon statistical averages, or the arbitrary decisions of those who hold legal and political power." ~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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Jul 04, 2018

HAPPY 4TH FROM FRANCIS SCHAEFFER STUDIES - ENORMOUS FREEDOM: :

"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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Jun 26, 2018

LOST IN WHAT HE IS:

"When a man is lost, he is lost against all that there is, including what he is."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Jun 25, 2018

TWO CONSISTENCIES:

"Every person has the pull of two consistencies, the pull towards the real world, and the pull toward the logic of his system."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Jun 24, 2018

THE FINAL APOLOGETIC:

"the final apologetic which Jesus gives is the observable love of true Christians for true Christians."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The Mark Of A Christian


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Jun 23, 2018

WITH INTEGRITY:

"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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Jun 22, 2018

DISCONTENT TO BE A MACHINE:

"...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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Jun 21, 2018

THE CIRCLE OF FREEDOM:

"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."

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


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Jun 20, 2018

THE ABSOLUTE FOR ABSOLUTES:

"The moral absolutes rest upon God's character. The creation as He originally made it conformed to His character. The moral commands He has given to men are an expression of His character. Men as created in His image are to live by choice on the basis of what God is. The standards of morality are determined by what conforms to His character, while those things which do not conform are immoral."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Jun 19, 2018

NO LAW BEHIND HIM:

"There is no law behind God, because the furthest thing back is God."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, The God Who is There


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Jun 18, 2018

BELIEVE EVERY MOMENT:

"To believe Him not just when I accept Christ as savior, but every moment, one moment at a time: this is the Christian life, and this is True Spirituality"

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, True Spirituality


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Jun 12, 2018

ESCAPE FROM REASON IS 50!:

Schaeffer: Escape from Reason Francis' masterpiece turns fifty-years old.

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Jun 11, 2018

CRUEL AND NONCRUEL:

"...nature provides no sufficient base for either morals or law, because nature is both cruel and noncruel."

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


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Jun 05, 2018

TRUE RICHES:

"The 'true riches' obviously have nothing to do with money. To have spiritual power to help overcome the awfulness of the post-Christian world--that is true riches."

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


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Jun 04, 2018

RULED BY TYRANTS:

"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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Jun 03, 2018

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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Jun 02, 2018

BELIEF WITHOUT THOUGHT:

"...they were told to believe, but were not given any intellectual answers to the questions they were asking. Their parents and pastors patted the youngsters on the head and said, 'Don't ask questions, dear, just believe.' It was more spiritual to believe without asking questions than it was to ask questions... There was a tendency to act as if the only thing that mattered was to see that a man's 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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Jun 01, 2018

TRUTH BRINGS CONFRONTATION:

"If you believe these things are true, then truth brings confrontation and it must be with love. And 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. So I think this is the real problem."

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


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May 30, 2018

TRUTH, LOVE, AND NO COMPROMISE:

...there must be balance and holiness standing together with love. But that does not mean constant and growing accommodation and compromise -- moving along step by step, fitting into the world's position in our day."

~ Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster


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May 29, 2018

WE DO NOT NEED A DRUG:

"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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May 28, 2018

ILLOGICAL TO 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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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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