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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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Feb 08, 2017

A GLIMPSE OF THE ROCHESTER L'ABRI CONFERENCE!:

People ventured great distances to explore the power of God's Word to transform cultures. Here's a glimpse of what happened!

Check out this gallery of photos from the event!

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Feb 07, 2017

THE MATH FAILS:

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

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


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Feb 06, 2017

TRUTH AND COMMUNITY:

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

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


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Feb 05, 2017

INERRANCY TROUBLEMAKER?:

"I think Elijah gave the right answer when Ahab accused him of being the troubler of Israel. The people who are taking a weak view of Scripture are the ones who are troubling evangelicalism today. I say this with gentleness and love toward these people. The people who are making the difficulty are the people who have demoted Scripture from what it has been understood to be in the evangelical world until the fairly recent past."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, when asked if he was dividing the evangelical community by making inerrancy a watershed issue. How Should We Then Live? An Interview With Francis Schaeffer, Christianity Today, Oct. 1976


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Feb 04, 2017

EVANGELISM - TWO THINGS:

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

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


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Feb 03, 2017

WHY SCHAEFFER CONNECTED:

"I have dealt with the questions that have really touched on the developing contemporary scene and haven't gotten stuck back at the point of my own studies when I was a young man, the way some people do. One reason for this is that I was not raised as a Christian."

~Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Schaeffer on Schaeffer, Christianity Today, 1979


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Feb 02, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S AUDIENCE:

"When my first books were written, the editors all said that they wouldn't sell because the audience was not defined clearly enough. They thought you couldn't talk to a Christian audience and a non-Christian one simultaneously. The God Who Was There and Escape from Reason are for both specifically, and the editors were proven wrong."

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


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Feb 02, 2017

TRUTH, STATE & HUMANNESS:

"If truth exist as the Bible sets forth, it will bring Christians into confrontation with the state: --Confrontation for that which is truth in contrast to that which is untruth. --Confrontation for that which is right in contrast to that which is wrong. --And confrontation against anything that takes away people's humanness."

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


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Feb 01, 2017

SCHAEFFER'S EARLY TRAINING:

"It is important to note that Schaeffer's early training took place amid controversy. Learned men were defining terms, drawing battle lines, splitting doctrinal hairs. Schaeffer survived it all, somehow learning to listen compassionately to different view points, and emphasize love and unity in the church."

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


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Jan 31, 2017

EVEN SCHAEFFER'S REGRETS WERE PROPHETIC:

"...for his contributions to thought, Schaeffer speaks most proudly of...his dual stress of orthodoxy and the need for love and community. He says now he wishes he had stressed more strongly specific applications, such as arguments, against racism and distributed wealth."

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


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Jan 30, 2017

DR. SCHAEFFER'S BIRTHDAY:

Dr. Francis Schaeffer was born 105 years ago on Jan 30th, 1912 in Germantown, Pennsylvania!


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Jan 29, 2017

SCRIPTURE WITH SCHAEFFER - Philippians 2:7,8:

"God cannot just overlook our sin, because He is holy. If He did that, no moral absolute would exist. We can come to God through grace, because Christ worked for us." "but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" Philippians 2:7, 8

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Basic Bible Studies


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Jan 28, 2017

FULL SPECTRUM EVANGELISM:

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

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


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Jan 27, 2017

LOVE THE LIBERALS?:

"Evangelicals must still keep on loving the Liberals, and must do so because it is right."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Schaeffer Reflects on Fifty Years of Denominational Ins and Outs, Christianity Today 1981


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Jan 26, 2017

THE FINAL APOLOGETIC:

"The World has not seen the beginning of what Jesus indicates is the Final Apologetic--observable oneness among true Christians who are true brothers and sisters in Christ."

~ Dr. Schaeffer, The Mark of a Christian (posthumous adaptation), Christianity Today, 1995


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Jan 25, 2017

LOSING HUMANNESS:

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

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


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Jan 24, 2017

HUMAN LIFE & DIGNITY:

"Human life stands at a crucial place because there is an unbreakable link between the existence of the infinite personal God and the intrinsic dignity of people."

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


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Jan 23, 2017

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER STUDIES ON YOUTUBE:

Have you explored our YouTube Channel? Over 1100 people subscribe and we've been blessed to release almost 90 videos! Find interviews, historic videos, and classes.

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Jan 22, 2017

SCRIPTURE WITH SCHAEFFER - THE FIRST THREE CHAPTERS OF GENESIS:

"In some ways these chapters are the most important ones in the Bible, for they put man in his cosmic setting and show him his peculiar uniqueness. They explain man's wonder and yet his flaw. Without a proper understanding of these chapters we have no answer to the problems of metaphysics, morals or epistemology, and furthermore the work of Christ becomes one more upper-story 'religious' answer."

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, Genesis in Space and Time


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Jan 21, 2017

NEWS: NEW TWO BOOK DEAL FOR NANCY PEARCEY!:

Nancy Pearcey Strikes 6-Figure Book Deal With Baker Books!

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Jan 20, 2017

NEW ACQUISITIONS PAGE & GALLERY:

Read about and peruse the new gallery of photo of the work Francis Schaeffer Studies is doing to preserve Schaeffer history on our new acquisitions page.

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Jan 19, 2017

DON'T MISS THIS YEAR'S L'ABRI CONFERENCE FEB 3&4 :

The Power of God's Word to Transform Cultures

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Jan 18, 2017

TOTAL REALITY:

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

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jan 17, 2017

ALL IS SPIRITUAL:

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

~ Dr. Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto


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Jan 16, 2017

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT! NEW VIDEO: THE SCHAEFFER LEGACY PROJECT - INTERVIEW WITH MARK RYAN:

Watch this significant interview with Mark Ryan the director of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Seminary!

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Jan 15, 2017

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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