FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 320 Letter to Richard Dawkins about the fact that Dawkins is waking up to the differences between Islam and Christianity Featured Artist is Jackson Pollock


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Richard Dawkins and Ricky Gervais

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September 16, 2019

Richard Dawkins c/o Richard Dawkins Foundation, 
Washington, DC 20005

Dear Mr. Dawkins,

i have enjoyed reading about a dozen of your books and some of the most intriguing were The God DelusionAn Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist, and Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science.

I am looking forward to reading Outgrowing God which is your latest book, and I have been reading several reviews of it. The best interviewer is Krishnan Guru-Murthy in my opinion. He did a great job of asking you some very insightful questions, and I thought your answers gave the audience a good feel for what is in the book. Krishnan hammered you pretty good on the Islam issue but I thought you answered him well! In fact, I tweeted out today:

It is claimed that the atheist-scientist Richard Dawkin’s God Delusion is the most downloaded book in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia. Dawkins “I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers”…

Richard Dawkins: ‘Benign’ Christianity is about to be replaced by ‘something worse’ – Islam

03/26/2018 at 9:57 AM Posted by Mary Anne Hackett

UNITED KINGDOM, March 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Despite his years of denouncing religion, Richard Dawkins does not welcome a European future without Christianity.

On Wednesday, the atheist author and evolutionary biologist warned those inclined to “rejoice at the death throes of the relatively benign Christian religion” to keep in mind the danger of “something worse” taking its place.

That worse alternative, Dawkins suggests, is Islam, which he has previously called “the most evil religion in the world.”

Dawkins was reacting to a Guardian report on recent polling that shows 70% of people in the United Kingdom between the ages of 16 and 29 do not identify with any religion, that 59% of them never attend religious services, and that almost two-thirds of them never pray.

The research, published by theology and sociology professor Stephen Bullivant of St. Mary’s University in London, finds similarly high numbers in other European nations. Sweden, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic all have even higher percentages of non-religious young people, while the young populations of France, Belgium, and Hungary are all more than 60% non-religious. More than half of the age group in Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Spain is non-religious, as well.

“Christianity as a default, as a norm, is gone, and probably gone for good – or at least for the next 100 years,” Bullivant says. “Cultural religious identities just aren’t being passed on from parents to children. It just washes straight off them.”

The Guardian report quotes Bullivant as noting that “the Muslim birthrate is higher than the general population, and they have much higher [religious] retention rates.”

Despite having once claimed that government needs to “protect” children from being “indoctrinated in whatever religion their parents happen to have been brought up in,” Dawkins recognizes that European Christianity serves as a “bulwark against something worse.”REPORT THIS AD

“There are no Christians, as far as I know, blowing up buildings,” Dawkins said. “I am not aware of any Christian suicide bombers. I am not aware of any major Christian denomination that believes the penalty for apostasy is death.”

While Dawkins holds far-left positions on issues such as abortion, his take on Islam echoes that of many conservative and religious observers. In January, the Turning Point Project’s William Kilpatrick wrote that Islam was “well on its way to controlling the public square in parts of Europe.”

Last year, the Guardian noted that non-Christian religions such as Islam quadrupled from 1983 to 2015 even as Christianity declined from 55% to 43%. The trend has been so stark that as of last May, the prevalence of Muslims and other migrant communities was the main reason making inner London the most religious area of the United Kingdom.

This is not the first time Dawkins has clashed with Islam. Last July, KPFA Radio in Berkeley, California disinvited him from a planned interview following complaints about his past comments on Islam.

“[W]e didn’t know he had offended and hurt – in his tweets and other comments on Islam, so many people,” the station said in a statement. Dawkins responded with an open letter declaring he would continue to condemn the “misogyny, homophobia, and violence of Islamism,” and noting that he has been similarly critical of Christianity—to which none of his hosts have ever objected.

“Why do you give Islam a free pass?” he asked. “Why is it fine to criticize Christianity but not Islam?”https://WWW.LIFESITENEWS.COM/NEWS/RICHARD-DAWKINS-BENIGN-CHRISTIANITY-IS-ABOUT-TO-BE-REPLACED-BY-SOMETHING-WO


Evidently you have seen some of the major differences between Islam and Christianity. I want to challenge to take a closer look at Christianity and especially the historical claims made by the Bible. The answer to find meaning in life is found in putting your faith and trust in Jesus Christ. The Bible is true from cover to cover and can be trusted.

Francis Schaeffer has correctly argued:

The universe was created by an infinite personal God and He brought it into existence by spoken word and made man in His own image. When man tries to reduce [philosophically in a materialistic point of view] himself to less than this [less than being made in the image of God] he will always fail and he will always be willing to make these impossible leaps into the area of nonreason even though they don’t give an answer simply because that isn’t what he is. He himself testifies that this infinite personal God, the God of the Old and New Testament is there. 

Instead of making a leap into the area of nonreason the better choice would be to investigate the claims that the Bible is a historically accurate book and that God created the universe and reached out to humankind with the Bible. Below is a piece of that evidence given by Francis Schaeffer concerning the accuracy of the Bible.


We now take a jump back in time to the middle of the ninth century before Christ, that is, about 850 B.C. Most people have heard of Jezebel. She was the wife of Ahab, the king of the northern kingdom of Israel. Her wickedness has become so proverbial that we talk about someone as a “Jezebel.” She urged her husband to have Naboth killed, simply because Ahab had expressed his liking for a piece of land owned by Naboth, who would not sell it. The Bible tells us also that she introduced into Israel the worship of her homeland, the Baal worship of Tyre. This led to the opposition of Elijah the Prophet and to the famous conflict on Mount Carmel between Elijah and the priests of Baal.

Here again one finds archaeological confirmations of what the Bible says. Take for example: “As for the other events of Ahab’s reign, including all he did, the palace he built and inlaid with ivory, and the cities he fortified, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel?” (I Kings 22:39).

This is a very brief reference in the Bible to events which must have taken a long time: building projects which probably spanned decades. Archaeological excavations at the site of Samaria, the capital, reveal something of the former splendor of the royal citadel. Remnants of the “ivory house” were found and attracted special attention (Palestinian Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem). This appears to have been a treasure pavilion in which the walls and furnishings had been adorned with colored ivory work set with inlays giving a brilliant too, with the denunciations revealed by the prophet Amos:

“I will tear down the winter house along with the summer house; the houses adorned with ivory will be destroyed and the mansions will be demolished,” declares the Lord. (Amos 3:15)

Other archaeological confirmation exists for the time of Ahab. Excavations at Hazor and Megiddo have given evidence of the the extent of fortifications carried out by Ahab. At Megiddo, in particular, Ahab’s works were very extensive including a large series of stables formerly assigned to Solomon’s time.

On the political front, Ahab had to contend with danger from the Aramacaus king of Syria who besieged Samaria, Ahab’s capital. Ben-hadad’s existence is attested by a stela (a column with writing on it) which has been discovered with his name written on it (Melquart Stela, Aleppo Museum, Syria). Again, a detail of history given in the Bible is shown to be correct.

Thank you again for your time and I know how busy you are.

Everette Hatcher, everettehatcher@gmail.com, cell ph 501-920-5733, Box 23416, LittleRock, AR 72221, United States

Francis Schaeffer below:

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Richard Dawkins vs John Lennox | The God Delusion Debate

Ben Stein vs. Richard Dawkins Interview

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Science Confirms the Bible with Ken Ham


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Schaeffer with his wife Edith in Switzerland.

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Richard Dawkins and John Lennox




Francis and Edith Schaeffer seen below:

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Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett, Harris 

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Canary Islands 2014: Harold Kroto and Richard Dawkins

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Francis Schaeffer pictured below:

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The Basis of Human Dignity by Francis Schaeffer

Richard Dawkins, founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Credit: Don Arnold Getty Images

Francis Schaeffer in 1984

Christian Manifesto by Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer in 1982


Whatever Happened to the Human Race? Episode 1

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Garik Israelian, Stephen Hawking, Alexey Leonov, Brian May, Richard Dawkins and Harry Kroto




Dark History of Evolution-Henry Morris, Ph.D.


Featured artist is Jackson Pollock

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Jackson Pollock: Autumn Rhythm

Picturing the Resurrection

by Linda Stratford

Some skeptic is sure to ask, “Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this ‘resurrection body’ look like?”

I Corinthians 15:35, The Message

In the West the visual imagery of art objects has long fulfilled a representational function. However, beginning in the late nineteenth century and into the early twentieth, from the Impressionists to the Symbolists and through the fully abstract experiments of Kandinsky and others, artists began to replace depiction of recognizable objects from the natural world with works of art which themselves were meant to evoke experience.

Anyone who has stepped up to the Modern Art section of the second floor of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has experienced the “demand” such a work of art may make. Jackson Pollock’s 267 cm tall by x 526 cm wide Autumn Rhythm hangs on a solid white wall, confrontational not only in its size but as well in its formal daring. There is wildness and animation to the piece, created with sticks, trowels and stiffened brushes as the artist danced about the canvas on the floor. Some visitors abruptly move on. Others become entranced with the piece’s delicate mesh of complex rotations and revolutions, its rhythmic black loops and its quiet self-imposed border.

With this piece Pollock moved from Jungian-inspired depiction to speaking through gesture. In so doing Pollock was not simply producing paintings, but himself experiencing painting as a “personal, salvific event.” Those close to Pollock spoke of his quest for spiritual expression.In fact, while working on Autumn Rhythm Pollock was at work on a church design project meant to incorporate his action paintings.

To what end would drip paintings such as Autumn Rhythm be included in a Christian worship setting? How could such works offer Christian testimony?

In many ways a church setting, more so than a museum setting, would have allowed Pollock’s action paintings their fullest imagistic impact. Within Pollock’s proposed church project his poured paintings were to have been mounted or suspended around the altar in a kind of “sacred enclosure.” Here communion would be celebrated and other matter-spirit mysteries such as the Incarnation and Resurrection preached.

Paul wrote to believers in Corinth, “Some skeptic is sure to ask, “Show me how resurrection works. Give me a diagram; draw me a picture. What does this ‘resurrection body’ look like?” (I Corinthians 15:35, The Message)

To this Pollock’s works offer a strikingly corporeal visual response. In the leaping, dipping and swinging of Pollock’s work we are provided a picture of bodily life beyond the limits of time and space. The metaphoric representation of salvific “spirit” animating “flesh” found in Autumn Rhythm suggests an aptness for celebrating the spiritually animated body for which we hope in the Resurrection.

Pollock was not limited to explicit Christian references in pursuing the “body-soul” nature of existence. However, Autumn Rhythm, viewed from the perspective of Christian belief, serves as an interesting allegorical representation of the life to come, one in which we will have fully resurrected bodies. Whether in regard to the Incarnation, the Resurrection, the Eucharist or simply the notion of the human being as “body-soul,” Pollock’s action paintings bear uniquely Christian epistemic potential.


Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950, oil on canvas, 267 x 526 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

American Abstract Expressionist artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) left us with a body of work that explores mankind’s capacity for continuous transformation, change and renewal. He developed a revolutionary technique of painting around and within canvas laid on the floor, communicating seemingly spontaneous execution.

Linda Stratford (Ph.D., SUNY-Stony Brook) is a co-founder of the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA) and has produced a number of publications and presentations studying the reception of expressionist abstraction in post-World War II

ArtWay Visual Meditation August 11, 2013



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 Guardians of the Secret by Jackson Pollock

Film: Play It Again, Sam (1972)

In 1972’s Play It Again, Sam, Allen plays a film critic trying to get over his wife’s leaving him by dating again. In one scene, Allen tries to pick up a depressive woman in front of the early Jackson Pollock work. This painting, because of its elusive title, has been the subject of much debate as to what it portrays. This makes for a nifty gag when Allen strolls up and asks the suicidal belle, “What does it say to you?”


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Scene from ‘Play it Again Sam’ (1972)


Allan: That’s quite a lovely Jackson Pollock, isn’t it?

Museum Girl: Yes, it is.

Allan: What does it say to you?

Museum Girl: It restates the negativeness of the universe. The hideous lonely emptiness of existence. Nothingness. The predicament of Man forced to live in a barren, Godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void with nothing but waste, horror and degradation, forming a useless bleak straitjacket in a black absurd cosmos.

Allan: What are you doing Saturday night?

Museum Girl: Committing suicide.

Allan: What about Friday night?


Guardians of the Secret


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The SFMOMA building is closed for expansion. Many of the works in our collection are on view at other institutions as part of our On the Go program.

  • Jackson Pollock, Guardians of the Secret, 1943; oil on canvas, 48 3/8 in. x 75 3/8 in. (122.89 cm x 191.47 cm); Collection SFMOMA, Albert M. Bender Collection, Albert M. Bender Bequest Fund purchase; © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


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