FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 339 My October 21, 2015 Letter to Hugh Hefner which asks if he wants his sons to follow in his same footsteps (Featured artist is Marcel Dzama)


October 21, 2015 letter to Hugh Hefner


October 21, 2015

Hugh Hefner
Playboy Mansion  
10236 Charing Cross Road
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1815

Dear Mr. Hefner,

I watched with great interest your interview with PIERS MORGAN TONIGHT which aired on February 27, 2011 and in that interview the love and respect that you and your son Cooper share was very evident. Here is a just a portion of that transcript:

MORGAN: I’m back now with Hugh Hefner and his fiancee, Crystal Harris. We’ve been joined now by Hef’s son, Cooper Hefner.

MORGAN: What’s it like being Hugh Hefner’s son?

C. HEFNER: It’s — again, I don’t have anything else to base it off of. So it’s — I guess it’s a little surreal when you compare it to other people’s lives. But, I mean, he’s just dad to me.

MORGAN: What kind of dad is he?

C. HEFNER: He’s a good dad. He’s very good. He’s supportive. I look up to him. He’s incredible.

MORGAN: Hef, what kind of son has Cooper been? It can’t be easy being your son? So how’s he dealt with the pressures of — so many kids of famous people deal with it badly. How’s he done?

HEFNER: He’s a fantastic son.

HARRIS: He’s great. He’s going to college. He’s a filmmaker. He’s awesome. I love —

HEFNER: Got his own band.

MORGAN: You must be very popular with your band mates?

C. HEFNER: Yeah.

MORGAN: When the Midsummer Night’s Dream party comes around, it’s like, lads, good news, I’ve got some tickets.

C. HEFNER: That’s right. That’s right.

HARRIS: They’re kind of used to it too.

HEFNER: It doesn’t get better than this.

MORGAN: Could you imagine going into the business?

C. HEFNER: Absolutely.

MORGAN: Do you think you will?

C. HEFNER: We’ve talked about it. And I definitely would love to be involved when I’m older.

MORGAN: What is life like in the mansion for you?

C. HEFNER: Well, I have a girlfriend. So I’m very happy. Life at the mansion, I don’t know. It’s good.

MORGAN: Cooper, what do you think of the old man? When push comes to shove and you have to assess him as a cultural figure in America, how do you think he’ll rate?

C. HEFNER: I think that he’s done incredible things. And I mean, things that people dream of doing. And he’s accomplished so much that I was not aware of when I was younger.


Hef, I have 3 sons and 1 daughter just like you do. I know how much you love your son Cooper, and I have a son in his mid-twenties too. It seemed in my family that Dad got a lot smarter when they hit that age (LOL). Isn’t it great to have a son that respects you enough to take your advice! That puts the burden of you to give him wise advice. Maybe you should consult the wisest person ever mentioned in the Old Testament and that is Solomon. The funny thing is that Solomon knew more about your path of sexual revolution that anyone else in the Bible.  He wrote THE SONG OF SOLOMON which was about love and young lovers and ECCLESIASTES which was about looking back at life and examining what brings satisfaction under the sun (which means without God in the picture), and PROVERBS which was about passing wisdom down from a father to a son.

In the first letter I sent you I referenced the sermon “THE PLAYBOY’S PAYDAY,” by Adrian Rogers which was delivered in 1984 and based on Proverbs 5. I wanted to quote from that sermon the following words:

Proverbs Chapter 5

My son, give attention to my wisdom,
Incline your ear to my understanding;
That you may observe discretion
And your lips may reserve knowledge.
For the lips of an adulteress drip honey
And smoother than oil is her speech;
But in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
Sharp as a two-edged sword.
Her feet go down to death,
Her steps take hold of Sheol.
She does not ponder the path of life;
Her ways are unstable, she does not know it.

Now, the third thing I want you to notice is what I’m going to call the distance that we should keep.  Go back to chapter 5 and look if you will in verse 7 and 8: “Hear me now therefore, 0 ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth.  Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh to the door of her house.”  Are you listening to me? 

This sin of immorality is not a sin we’re told to fight in the Bible.  It is a sin that we’re told to flee.  The Bible says, “Flee fornication.”  The Bible says, “Flee youthful lusts.” You just get out of that compromising situation.  If there is a person that works in the office where you work, and that person is flirting with you, and you feel that lust and that attraction, if you find something happening that’s ugly and impure in your heart, it would be better for you to quit than to stay in that office.  Just resign. You say, But my job!  Your purity! If you’re walking down the street, just go all the way around the block just to miss it.   That’s exactly what he’s saying here. 

Listen.  Listen.  “Remove thy way from her and come not nigh the door of her house.” Just get away! Don’t see how close you can come to the edge without falling over.  See how far that you can stay away. Flee fornication!  Flee fornication! I know what you young men feel.  I felt it.  When I was in college, well, know they say that what a man thinks about, he becomes.   I almost turned into a girl.  Man! It’s real! But I’ll tell you what, I had a motto on my desk.  And this is what it said.  I put it right on my desk where I studied.  “He who would not fall down, ought not to walk in slippery places.” Amen.   He who would not fall down, ought not to walk in slippery places.  The distance that we should keep! 

You don’t put all this garbage and this filth and this immorality and this nudity in your mind! Don’t go to those movies! Don’t read those magazines! Don’t watch that program! Don’t do it! Don’t do it.  “Can a man take a fire in his bosom and be not burned?  You’re not smarter than God! You’re not going to outsmart God.  And you put it in your mind, it’s going to come out in your life, “for out of the heart are the issues of life,” and we’re going to talk about that, and I’m going to be bringing a message on the poison of pornography before we get out of this series in the Book of Proverbs because the Proverbs have a lot to say about that.  God willing, I will do that. But notice here the distance that we should keep!

Now, the message is over, but let me just tell you one or two or three things.   Number one, if you’re not saved, you get saved.  Listen to me now.  Don’t put things off.  Just listen.  If you’re not saved, you get saved.  You’re not going to make it without Jesus in this sex-saturated society.   If you’re not saved, you get saved!

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.

THE FIRST STEP TO FINDING OUT IF THE BIBLE IS TRUE TO  INVESTIGATE ITS HISTORICAL CLAIMS. God created the universe and reached out to humankind with the Bible. Below is a piece of that evidence given by Francis Schaeffer and Dr. C. Everett Koop in their book WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE? Chapter 5 concerning the accuracy of the Bible:

A much more dramatic story surrounds the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the present century. The Dead Sea Scrolls, some of which relate to the text of the Bible, were found at Qumran, about fifteen miles from Jerusalem.

Most of the Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew, and the New Testament in Greek. Many people have been troubled  by the length of time that has elapsed between the original writing of the documents and the present translations. How could the originals be copied from generation to generation and not be grossly distorted in the process? There is, however, much to reassure confidence in the text we have.

In the case of the New Testament, there are codes of the whole New Testament (that is, manuscripts in book form, like the Codes Sinaiticus and Codex Alexandrinus, dated around the fourth and fifth centuries respectively) and also thousands of fragments, some of them dating back to the second century. The earliest known so far is kept in the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England. It is only a small fragment, containing on one side John 18:31-33 and on the reverse, verses 37 and 38. It is important, however, both for its early date (about A.D.125) and for the place where it was discovered, namely Egypt. This shows that John’s Gospel was known and read in Egypt at that early time. There are thousands of such New Testament texts in Greek from the early centuries after Christ’s death and resurrection.

In the case of the Old Testament, however, there was once a problem. There were no copies of the Hebrew Old Testament in existence which dated from before the ninth century after Christ. This did not mean that there was no way to check the Old Testament, for there were other translations in existence, such as the Syriac and the Septuagint (a translation into Greek from several centuries before Christ). However, there was no Hebrew version of the Old Testament from earlier than the ninth century after Christ–because to the Jews the Scripture was so holy it was the common practice to destroy the copies of the Old Testament when they wore out, so that they would not fall into disrespectful use.

Then in 1947, a Bedouin Arab made a discovery not far from Qumran, which changed everything. While looking for sheep, he came across a cave in which he discovered some earthenware jars containing a number of scrolls. (There jars are now in the Israeli Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem.) Since that time at least ten other caves in the same vicinity have yielded up other scrolls and fragments. Copies of all the Old Testament books except Esther have been discovered (in part or complete) among these remains. One of the most dramatic single pieces was a copy of the Book of Isaiah dated approximately a hundred years before Christ. What was particularly striking about this is the great closeness of the discovered text tothe Hebrew text, whicch we previously had, a text written about a thousand years later!

On the issue of text, the Bible is unique as ancient documents go. No other book from that long ago exists in even a small percentage of the copies we have of the Greek and Hebrew texts which make up the Bible. We can be satisfied that we have a copy in our hands which closely approximates the original. Of course, there have been some mistakes in copying, and all translation lose something of the original language. That is inevitable. But the fact that most of us use translations into French, German, Chinise, English, and so on does not mean that we have an inadequate idea of what was written originally. We lose some of the nuances of the language, even when the translation is good, but we do not lose the essential content and communication.


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

Everette Hatcher,,, cell ph 501-920-5733, Box 23416, LittleRock, AR 72221

PS: I plan to write you again and will be responding to your past statements like I did today. It is obvious that you care deeply about your son Cooper and you want the best for his future. Proverbs say to stay away from the path leading close to the loose woman and I just think it would be wise to listen to the wisest king in the history of the world. I bet your mother Grace Hefner would agree with that!!!



Featured artist is Marcel Dzama

Marcel Dzama was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada. Fantastical and absurd, Dzama’s drawings feature a cast of humans, animals, and hybrid creatures rendered in pencil, ink, watercolor, and, at times, root-beer syrup. Dzama draws upon a mix of influences—from childhood monsters, like the Wolfman and Dracula, to the work of artists like Marcel Duchamp, Francisco Goya, William Blake, and Francis Picabia—to create unique worlds that are at once surreal and familiar, sweet and violent, and chaotic and elegant.

Dzama’s early drawings were populated by three or four figures, isolated against white backgrounds inspired by the dissolution of the horizon into the landscape during Winnipeg’s snowy winters. With Dzama’s move to New York in 2004, his white backgrounds became more densely populated with figures: swarms of bats, moths, or owls; masked dancers poised in arabesque while holding rifles; processions of human and animal characters, clad in polka-dot bodysuits or entirely nude. Thinking of the drawings as still images of stage productions, Dzama began to use dance choreography to organize this chaos of figures into stylized formations. His works have also taken on a role of socio-political commentary, responding to his daily media diet and politics in the United States. Dzama was a co-founder of The Royal Art Lodge, a Winnipeg collective of artists who created collaborative drawings, and he continues to collaborate with a range of artistic partners—including the New York City Ballet, the artist Raymond Pettibon, and the actress Amy Sedaris—on drawings, performances, and films.

Marcel Dzama received his BFA in 1997 from the University of Manitoba. Dzama’s awards include The Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement as an Artist, Ottawa (2013); the ARCO Award, Madrid (2012); and the New Artist Award, Art Cologne (2000). Dzama has had major exhibitions at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, Michigan (2018); Galleri Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm (2017); Crown Point Press, San Francisco (2015); Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2014); Galería Helga de Alvear, Madrid (2013); Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2012); Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico (2012); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague (2011); Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (2011); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2010); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2008); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (2006); and Le Magasin – Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France (2005); among others. Marcel Dzama lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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