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Tim Challies reviews the book Finding Truth

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Nancy Pearcey is a lot like her mentor Francis Schaeffer and that is why I like her writings so much!!!

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Tim Challies reviews the book

Finding Truth
by

Nancy Pearcey

Nancy Pearcey’s bestselling and award-winning book Total Truth made quite a mark on my life. It was, to my memory, the first book I had ever read on worldview, and its explanation of the way our world divides the sacred and the secular has not only stuck with me, but has helped me better understand and explain the culture around me. Though Pearcey has written another book between then and now, I consider her new work, Finding Truth, the true sequel to Total Truth.

In Finding Truth, Pearcey offers 5 principles meant to unmask our culture’s endless worldview alternatives to Christianity—secularism, atheism, and the like. There are all kinds of books that make a similar promise, but this one has a noteworthy difference: Pearcey looks to Romans 1 to find a kind of apologetics training manual for identifying and challenging any other worldview.

At the start of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, he claims that all humanity has access to evidence for God’s existence, and then describes what happens when people refuse to acknowledge him. As people turn away from God, they suppress the truth that God makes known to them through creation and through human nature. People hide from God by creating idols, God substitutes. These are not merely idols of wood and stone, but also ideas, any idea that provides an alternate explanation for the meaning and purpose of life. Idols have consequences, and God gives up those who worship them to a debased mind, so that they become futile in their thinking and dishonorable in their behavior. While most explanations of this text dwell on behavior, Pearcey focuses on the mind, showing the ways in which the unbelieving mind is affected by sin so that an entire worldview becomes completely opposed to God.

In Romans 1 she finds five strategic principles that “provide a basic game plan for making sense of any worldview across the board—even the cutting edge ideas of our day—and then to craft a compelling positive case for Christianity.” Here is a brief explanation of each.

Principle 1. Identify the Idol. Every non-biblical worldview begins with some kind of a God substitute—an idol. If human beings will not worship the God who created them, they will still worship something—something that provides an alternate explanation of the world’s origins or that provides an understanding of the meaning of life.

Principle 2. Identify the Idol’s Reductionism. Once we identify the idol, we need to look for its reductionism, the way in which it leads to a low view of human life. When one part of the creation is deified or idolized, every other part will necessarily be denigrated. Why? Because one part is always far too small to explain the whole thing. Reductionism is always dehumanizing.

Principle 3. Test the Worldview: Does It Contradict What We Know About the World?The third step is to test the worldview against the facts of experience, which is to say, the truths of general revelation. Though people will continue to suppress the evidence of God’s existence, what God has created continues to challenge them, because physical nature and human nature constantly provide evidence of a Creator. Therefore every idolatrous worldview will fail to fit the evidence and will, instead, contradict the facts of general revelation.

Principle 4. Test the Idol: Does it Contradict Itself? Every reductionistic worldview is, on some level, self-defeating. It commits suicide by reducing reason to something less than what is reasonable. We need to look for the way in which it contradicts itself and collapses internally. (An example is the relativistic claim that there is no universal truth even though this statement is, itself, meant to be a universal truth.)

Principle 5. Replace the Idol: Make the Case for Christianity. By focusing on the points where reductionistic worldviews fail, we can offer a better and more compelling alternative. We can do this by finding those inevitable places where other worldviews borrow from the Christian worldview and expose themselves to critique.

Finding Truth has many commendable strengths. For one, Pearcey shows again and again just how far people will go to suppress the knowledge of God. They will go to any length to deny what is right in front of their noses and—even closer—right within their own hearts and minds. She shows this in a broad range of alternative religions and philosophies, pointing always to the consistency of the Christian faith.

While she shows that all other worldviews are insufficient and illogical, she does not discard them altogether. Instead, she shows how they do contain some genuine insights, and then shows how their best insights are inevitably and illogically stolen from the Christian worldview.

She also provides a compelling intellectual argument for the Christian faith. I appreciate what Gregory Koukl says in his endorsement: “This is one of those books that not only challenges the critics; it also gives a huge dose of confidence to the Christian who will catch himself walking away from its pages saying, ‘Gosh, this stuff really is true.’”

Pearcey promises that the principles she lays out will “provide you with the tools to recognize what’s right and wrong with any worldview—and then to craft a biblically informed perspective that is both true and humane.” She makes the promise and she delivers on it. Finding Truth is, all-in-all, a worthy successor toTotal Truth.

Finding Truth is available at Amazon.

Interview with Nancy Pearcey; 23 February 2015

Published on Feb 23, 2015

In conjunction with WORLD Magazine, Patrick Henry College presents its interview with Nancy Pearcey as a part of the Newsmaker Interview Series with Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief at WORLD and Distinguished Chair of Journalism and Public Policy at PHC. For more information on Patrick Henry College, visit our website here http://www.phc.edu.

“Finding Truth” by Nancy Pearcey

Published on Mar 6, 2015

Don’t think, just believe?

That’s the mantra in many circles today — whether the church, the classroom, the campus, or the voting booth.
Nancy Pearcey, best-selling and critically acclaimed author, offers fresh tools to break free from presumed certainties and test them against reality.

In Finding Truth, she explains five powerful principles that penetrate to the core of any worldview — secular or religious — to uncover its deepest motivations and weigh its claims.
A former agnostic, Pearcey demonstrates that a robust Christian worldview matches reality — that it is not only true but attractive, granting higher dignity to the human person than any alternative.

Finding Truth displays Pearcey’s well-earned reputation for clear and cogent writing. She brings themes to life with personal stories and real-world examples.

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C. S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer . . . and Larry Norman February 26, 2008

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Christian Rock Pioneer Larry Norman’s Songs Part 1

I posted a lot in the past about my favorite Christian musicians such as Keith Green (I enjoyed reading Green’s monthly publications too), and 2nd Chapter of Acts and others. Today I wanted to talk about one of Larry Norman’s songs. David Rogers introduced me to Larry Norman’s music in the 1970’s and his album IN ANOTHER LAND came out in 1976 and sold an enormous amount of copies for a Christian record back then.

Larry Norman – The Great American Novel ~ [Lyrics]

Larry Norman – 1 – The Rock That Doesn’t Roll – In Another Land (1976)

Larry Norman – 2 – I Love You – In Another Land (1976)

Larry Norman and Michael Norman

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Francis Schaeffer pictured below:

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C. S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer . . . and Larry Norman

February 26, 2008

Larry Norman, “father of Christian rock,” has gone home. After suffering a severe heart attack and other ailments, he slipped away at 61.

Larry Norman was the writer of a number of popular Christian songs, including “I Wish We’d All Been Ready,” many people’s first encounter with the chilling eschatology of the Rapture. He popularized, and perhaps even invented, the “One Way” gesture of the index finger pointing straight up. He helped launch the careers of many talented artists, including Randy Stonehill (my personal favourite, from whom Norman later became estranged), the Daniel Amos band, and many others on his “Street Level” and then “Solid Rock” labels.

For me, however, Larry Norman in particular was a larger-than-life figure who, with authors C. S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer, helped this Plymouth Brethren teenager, in the backwoods (literally) of northern Ontario, look out onto a larger world of Christian possibilities. Indeed, he helped me to look out onto the larger world itself and feel that perhaps I could actually live there, rather than just briefly venture out into it to evangelize a soul or two and then hurriedly withdraw to the sanctuary of my sect.

I saw Norman in concert only once, but it was while I was attending a Brethren Bible school in Edmonton, Alberta. And the contrast between his “cool,” his sarcasm (God bless him), and his driving rock’n’roll over against the staid and square culture of my denomination and Bible school experience was paradigm-shattering.

He was electric and we were acoustic. He was backbeat and we were 6/8. (Take that, Bob Larson.) He was wild and we were repressed. He was “out there” and we were definitely “in here.”

He gave us permission to like stacks of Marshalls and fuzz boxes and wah-wah pedals and countertenor wailings (let the reader understand). He sanctified the idea of being a smarty-pants for Jesus–while also producing art of accessibility, wit, beauty, and fun.

“Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?” Larry asked, echoing William Booth of the Salvation Army a century before. It was a good question then, and it’s a good question now–in this era of unrelentingly derivative “CCM” (Christian Contemporary Music).

But the bigger question was simply, “Why should we yield the world to the devil–the world of rock music, the world of clever joking, the world of funky fashion, the world of authentic protest?” As Lewis and Schaeffer helped my generation engage the most intimidating of philosophers, Norman helped us engage the music our parents feared—and loathed.

The rest of my youth group was into “The Imperials” (a pop-country Nashville quartet–whom I liked, too) and the really edgy ones listened to Andrae Crouch, a good black gospel singer. For this one and only time in my life I was actually cool, because I listened to the “Jesus Rock” of Norman, Stonehill & Co.—much too racy for my peers. (Thanks, Larry.)

But ‘way beyond “cool” was Larry Norman’s prickly integrity. Norman was a rocker and used that language to express good things about Jesus and the world. And if rock’n’roll could be claimed and used for Christ–well, what couldn’t be?

Rest in peace, Uncle Larry. I look forward to turning up the amps with you in the Great Jam Session to Come.

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The Purpose of Our Creation Fulfilled Dr Francis Schaeffer

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The Purpose of Our Creation Fulfilled
Dr Francis Schaeffer

Who Knows Our Purpose?
Why are we who we are? Why do we exist? These are not crazy questions. They are crucial
questions, never more so than at the end of twentieth century. But where do we go to find
answers? Do we begin with ourselves? Do we start with man as man? No. we must not.
Starting with ourselves will never help us to understand ourselves. This is the tragic irony
of twentieth century man. To find help, to understand our purpose as humans. begin with
God. triune God – Father. Son and Holy Spirit. Here, or rather with God, we find our
answers.
What do we know of the Trinity prior to the creation of the world? We know the Trinity
existed as three persons yet one God, and that there was communication and love between
the three persons of the Trinity prior to the creation of all else. The implication tells us of
the essence of the universe as it is; and there are two possibilities: one is the beginning of
all things as a de-personal beginning and the other as a personal beginning. The Scriptural
emphasis is on the side of the personal. That is, that the universe – speaking of it this way
and not in a pantheistic way – does not begin with a new personal beginning, but originating
from an eternal personal Trinity – three persons loving each other and in communication.
God in his Trinity. he is the one who explains human existence. How? Genesis 1:26 – 1 :31
says there is a special circle or class of creation that can be designated in “our image”, that
which is, in this sense, like God. Here we are told that not only is there personality in the
true sense (God), but something more. God made a portion of creation different from the
rest to be like himself. The very word “image” suggests an important distinction between
humans and other portions of creation. This is the mannishness of man. This is what
distinguishes us from everything else.
Of course, we may ask the question, “Why?” Or we can word it in other ways, “What is the
reason for man? What is the person of man? What is the purpose of man? What is the
reason for his existence?” Surely this is the cry of twentieth century man, if he is a sensitive
man at all. It recalls the reason for human existence. So when people ask me in a discussion
what the Christian answer is to the reason of existence, without hesitancy 1 would say the
Bible speaks of the purpose of our creation when it says to love God with all our heart and
soul and mind. Yet this must be understood in the Scriptural framework. It is not to love
God in the concept of a Kierkegaardian (Soren Kierkegaard 1813-55) leap. It is not to love
God as though faith were something in itself. The answer, according to the Bible, is not a
faith in faith, but a faith in one who, is there and, therefore, it is a living relationship with
him. It is to love God with all our heart and soul and mind, but definitely in the Biblical
sense.

In Deuteronomy 6: 4-6 we read these words:
“Hear. O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your
heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give
you today are to be upon your hearts.”
They are to teach the commands not in some external form but they are to be in their hearts.
You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your
strength … this is not to be an external thing put on like a hat in my religious moments, or
for a humanistic reason; but it is rather to be the set of my heart.
This is the Old Testament statement that Jesus quoted in Matthew 22: 34-40; Mark 12: 28-
31; and Luke 10: 25-28. So Jesus” restatement sweeps us back to the beginning of our
relationship with God, not ours only but mankind’s, and not only mankind’s but each
individual man. This is the basis of the first commandment; this is the reason for Adam’s
existence; and it is the reason for your existence, or you have none, or no sufficient one. It
is the call of loving, personal fellowship and communication with the God who is here.
And, then, with each other – those who are my neighbours in the sense of being the same
structure as myself; those who are my kind; those who are in the same circle of creation as
that in which I stand, namely people. Consequently. the fulfilling of the purpose of our
existence is to have fellowship, communication and love – first to God, and then to those
who are our kind – all mankind.
Man’s Sinfulness and the Confusion of Purpose
Yet, we might ask, has not man’s rebellion and wickedness so much seen in history
changed the purpose for our being? Might we now say that our purpose is to resolve the
dilemma of guilt, shame, and death”!
In Genesis 3:8 we notice that prior to the Fall. God was in open communication with Adam
and Eve, whom he made in his own image. God walked with man. God talked to man.
There was love and fellowship, communication – true communication, true love, true
fellowship – between the personal creator and the personal created. We are told in the New
Testament “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life. “ John 3: 16. But if God
loves the world in its present rebellious condition surely, then, God loved the world prior to
the revolt. “God so loved the world” did not begin when man became a fallen man – it is
God’s natural relationship to the man, the creature which He created in the particular sense
“like Himself”. Man is not like God in the sense that God is infinite and man is finite; God
is the Creator, man is the created. Nevertheless, God has created man like himself, the God
who is a personal God. We have been made in his image. It is very plain that there was real
communication. Fellowship, love, God to man, man to God, man to man in the case of
Adam to Eve, and communication between God and man. Surely this is an overwhelming
wonder of fulfilment to that which man finds himself to be.

However. in Genesis 2:17 we have God very carefully speaking these words, “But you
must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you
will surely die.” This is not an abstraction. It is the single test of love. Any test could be
given. It is not that God created a fruit that was evil in itself. Not at all. But there is a test of
love given, a place where in this one who is different from the machine is able to respond on a different level, because he is made different than the machine. This is not a person-to-machine relationship. It is a person-to-person relationship, and God gives man the tremendous opportunity to respond in love and fellowship on the level of that which he was uniquely. We find Jesus later saying “If you love me, keep my commandments”. And this

too was the emphasis of the Old Testament – if we love God we will keep his

commandments. So too for Adam and Eve: if they loved him they would keep his
commands.
Here was a single, simple test: if you love me, keep my commandments. Why? Because
this is a person-to-person relationship, the high calling of responding on the personal,
loving level, on the basis of an all-sufficient verbalised communication which carries a
motivated call. It is not vague in any of its parts. It is on a clear base, and there is a clear
motivation and a proper one. His being made personal does not remove the factor that he
was the creature, and being the creature he is not to set up a rival centre of the universe.
And as he stands there, this is the whole question. Person in loving, non-mechanical,
choice: where you have the wonder of what you are, or where you set up a rival centre in
the universe. The high calling of loving God also includes thinking after him and going
after him.
Scripture emphasizes that the Fall was an historic, space-time, once-for-all event. And here
we have the Serpent, the one who has revolted. We are told carefully in Scripture, desiring
to be like the Most High, he now comes and speaks the same word to man (Genesis 3: 4.5)
“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you
eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” This
is a striking parallel to Genesis 2: 17. Where God said in “the day” you shall die. Satan
says. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like
God. knowing good and evil.” And here is the thing in tension. In Genesis 2: 17, God offers
not just a vague statement. but he is saying that which is the case. In Scripture it is clearly
indicated that there are three deaths which are the result of our rebellion against the Creator.
The second death is physical death, the third death is the final judgement, an eternal
separation in its total sense. But the first death is separation from God and this is the real
death. The physical death and the death that will come in that future day of judgement at
the hand of the Lamb of God who becomes judge -these are merely the natural, horizontal
extensions of the death which is the central death; namely separation from God. After all,
man was made to be in relationship with this God. In the day that he revolted he died.
Twentieth century man does not understand this, even though we see it all around us and
feel it intensely in us. But if we miss this point we will never understand how much the
gospel can help us. John 3: 16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and
only Son. that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” So, as we
look at this we must understand that the second half of this verse is just as certain in an
existential situation as is the first. When at the moment, on the day I believed on Christ as
saviour I have everlasting life. But equally until that moment comes, I am under the wrath
of God, and as such, I am dead. In this sense, we can speak truly that man is dead.
And of all the generations that wrestled with this, we Christians of the second half of the
twentieth century ought to .appreciate it best. On every side we hear the cry. “Man is dead!”
In this sense the twentieth century already knows a portion of the truth. They do not know
why they are dead – death is related to the wrong causes and factors, but they shout “I am
dead!” This is not just a stand or a piece of theatre, but the sensitivity of many of today’s
lost, feeling the horribleness of the nobility of man and. yet, the death of man. The
sensitivity of many towards this will pull those of us who are Christians to shreds. The lost
are sensitive to the horribleness of the nobility man, but sense a being without purpose,
meaningless and dead. You see, this should not be so hard for us to comprehend. In Genesis
3: 22 it is written, “And the Lord God said “The man has now become like one of us,
knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from

the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” Now you will notice back in the serpent’s
temptation in 3:5 “You will be like God, knowing good and evil” that this is a half-lie, but
not a total lie. Because of this rebellion and real consequence, God drove the man and
woman out of the garden and placed at the east a cherubim and a flaming sword which
turned every way to keep them away from the tree of life.
From the true sense of that which was the purpose of man, and the only real fulfilment of
man both as mankind and the individual personal fulfilment, man is dead. But from the side
of Satan’s desire and then man’s desire, he did have freedom. Freedom not in the sense that
man was created free, because the Biblical sense is that he was created wonderfully free.
Any time you find a modern man you find a deterministic man. Modern man finds no way
for an integrity of the personality making true choices in a true history. But the Bible says
as man was made, he was made in the true cause-and-effect history and he was significant
in that history. He was a real man making a real choice. And this has been the message of
the Church, not only in the less strict theological stream. Reformed theologians have
insisted that Adam stood in total freedom making a choice without prior conditioning. In
this sense, man was always free, but he was free now in a new way in that he set up a rival
centre of the universe.
This was a different freedom – a freedom with two sides. On the one side, it is a freedom to
shake one’s fist in the face of the Creator; on the other side, a freedom to be dead.
Consequently, man is shut away from that continuity of continued life as it is spoken here.
Man in rebellion. Man to destroy. Man to leave much of the world in waste, to rum that
which has been under his dominion into a horror of great darkness with flashes of beauty
across its dark screen and yet, as a whole, that which would cause us to bow our heads in
sorrow.
What a tragedy! Eternal life and fullness of life: Eternal life – a concept of physical
continuity; the fullness of life – the real life of fellowship with God. Both smashed because
man has sinned. You will return to the earth. You will die. But more than that: in this
moment, O man. you are dead! At this time, as the man and woman are driven from the
garden, we can think of it in visual terms, in the strokes of a paintbrush. Adam and Eve
turned away from the garden, going out away from God in grief. Or we could say it in the
harsh words of modern theatre such as Sartre would say it: “There is no infinite reference
point and, consequently, I am ruined.” In both cases the same thing is stated: Driven out.
Smashed fellowship.
Our Purpose Made Possible
Yet we do not need to stop at the point of man’s banishment from the Garden. The Bible
does not stop there, even if contemporary man, existentially, knows nothing more than
lustiness. Consider something of even greater awe and significance: Jesus Christ hanging
on the cross saying “My God. My God! Why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27: 46; Mk 15:
34). Here is the second person of the Trinity, incarnate God, taking my stead, my place. He
substitutes himself in the place where I rightly should be. In my place, the separation which
is as a result of man’s sin is carried into the Trinity itself. Scripture says that at this point
the sun was darkened, and there were shakings of the earth (Mt 27: 45-56; Mk IS: 33-38;
Lk 23: 44-46). But surely if we understand this not as some religious story but understand it
rather as that which is, can we wonder that the earth shakes? Here we have the separation
caused by the sin of man being carried into the eternal Trinity itself in which there has been
eternal communication and love. Is it any wonder that all shakes?
The eternal unity before the creation of the world, the eternal fellowship, the love, the

communication, the relationships of these things, now broken as He becomes our substitute.
The physical wounds themselves were painful, but they are not the heart of the matter. The
eternal Son of God is willing to become our substitute to take our place, to bear our guilt at
that crucial place of the separation that has come because of man’s sin. “My God, my God!
Why have you forsaken me?” Then as the work comes to conclusion, He can say. “It is
finished.” (In 19: 30) It is accomplished; it is done. He can say, “Father, into your hands I
commit my spirit.” (Lk 23: 46)
The broken fellowship carried up into the loving relationship of the Trinity and conquered
there, not through God ever saying “Your sin does not matter.” But saying the opposite: “It
is against my holiness and., therefore, against an absolute moral standard of the universe
rooted not behind me but in my own character. Yet my love holds to the high point of
carrying this up into the Trinity and Jesus as the substitute, the Lamb of God, bears the
individual guilt.” And the fellowship, the communication, and the love, broken in Adam’s
rebellion, and then over and over again in each of our rebellions and deliberate sins, is
restored. This is the message.
But it is more, it does not end here; because as we listen to John the Baptist, he makes two
prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah. The first is “Behold the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world”. (John 1: 29-33) But with this prophecy is a further
promise. The Lamb of God who was baptised by the Spirit will, himself baptise by the
Spirit. These two stand together. Indeed the Lamb of God is not only the Lamb of God but
also the sender of the Holy Spirit. When I accept Christ as my saviour there is a forensic act
– justification, God declaring that on the basis of Christ’s finished work my guilt is removed
once and forever. In addition, the Holy Spirit comes to indwell the individual Christian and
on this basis the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, Gal 5: 22, 23) is produced in
our lives.

The fruit of the Spirit is love and all the other qualities (patience, kindness, goodness, etc.)
flow from this love that is the fruit. The fruit-bearing of the Spirit in the individual
Christian is not just in a future day in heaven. Having accepted Christ, being indwelt by the
Holy Spirit as I yield to his working, he will bear the fruit which fulfils the commandment
summarised by Jesus as “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and the second. Love
your neighbour as yourself” (Lk 10: 27). He will bear this fruit through me. It isn”t just a
theoretical system. It is a truth bringing into practice that which is the call of man in the
first place – to love God and to love those who are our kind.
This is the meaning I would suggest of 1 Corinthians 13. It isn”t to be taken in some liberal
theological sense that makes love just some big, soft, characterless thing. It is against the
flaming holiness of God. Nevertheless, I am to love God with all my heart, soul and mind,
and I am to love my neighbour as myself. While it is something which will not be perfect in
this life, it should be substantial in the work of the Holy Spirit in every individual
Christian’s life. It is not to be theoretical. If you are born again, you are indwelt by the
Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. But if you are
indwelt by him then you are a human (in contrast to a machine) called to walk in the Spirit.
Let the Holy Spirit produce his fruit through you and me. Here now we fulfil the first
commandment. Here we are returned in practice to the purpose of our creation. This is what we were made to be; and on the basis of the finished work of Christ and with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we are called to the fulfillment of our purpose of a person-to-person relationship with the God who is there, and then to our fellow men. Love and

communication in each proper place: not just an abstract redemption, not even only heaven,
but this is the Christian call. This is the reason Jesus can say that when we love one another

(not just Christians but also others) we show we are his disciples. Not just because he
loved, but through his redemption and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the
Spirit, we show forth the whole structure of what is. After we accept Jesus Christ as our
Lord and Saviour, the two things that were smashed (eternal life and fullness of life) are
restored. When we accept Christ as our Saviour, indeed we are promised that as we die to
go to be with Jesus. Nevertheless there is the resurrection and the continuity of life. There is
the restoration of what can be spoken of as life at once and forever.
But let us not end with our thinking here. To end here is to miss all the wonder of being
restored to the purpose of our creation in the present life in a substantial fashion. There is
fullness of life:
As we walk in faith and yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, then there is a practical
existential meaning for this moment. As Christ says at the end of His high priestly prayer in
John 17: 26; “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in
order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” The
love that always was between the Father and the Son, now is not only toward us, but is to
be in us. Not mechanically administered, not as a machine, but as a relationship with man
who is made in the image of God. As we yield ourselves in faith to the work of Christ and
to the Holy Spirit, this becomes not a sentence but a poor, never perfect, always growing,
yet substantial reality that can be observed in the external world. Remember that our theme
is the purpose of our creation fulfilled.
Our Purpose Known, Experienced, and Proclaimed
Four points, in conclusion. First: How wonderful, then, is the death of Jesus Christ in space,
time and history. What love it shows! How far removed from that soft nothingness, that
amoral concept of” modem man’s word, god. How opposite. How wonderful is this love.
John 3: 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It is not a universal salvation, but it is
for those who. on the basis of their mannishness, accept the gift. Jesus carefully ties this to
his historic death on the cross, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have
everlasting life. How wonderful is that death on the cross!
Secondly, the command to love God is now meant to be the Christian’s first commandment.
We are not saved for an antinomian (lawlessness) end. We are saved to fulfil the purpose of
our creation in the first place, and not on merely some offer of our future day in perfection,
but now – through the work of the Spirit in our life. Love God with all our heart, soul, and
mind. When we do not love God, we are not fulfilling the purpose of our creation. As such,
we have returned to the sin of Adam and Eve: to think alone, to will alone, as though we are
God. When we fail to do this, the peace of God will die in our hearts; our fellowship with
God will wither. Once more we have disobediently presumed upon that tremendous love,
fellowship, and communion that God offers us. And it is not only wrong, it is destructive.
We will have destroyed the purpose of our creation anew, the purpose for which God has
made us. Christians should not expect the peace of God in their hearts while trampling upon
the love of God – this is too much, it is not this way. And then we must learn the ever
present wonder of the present cleansing of the Blood of the Lamb, to return again, and say
we are sorry and have our fellowship restored on the basis of the finished work of the Son
of God.
Thirdly, as we yield to the Holy Spirit, there will be fruit. The first fruit is the fulfilling of
the command love God with all our heart, soul and mind. But as we yield to the Holy Spirit
there will be a fruit to love othersn and each in his or her proper way. For example, the

hushand shall love his wife (Eph 5: 25-29). There is to be a love in the home within the
legal circle of marriage. There must be a legal circle if we are to live in the universe that
has meaning. But inside that legal circle there is to be love. There arc other loves. The Holy
Spirit will produce a non-confused loving one’s neighbour, but each in his own place or
position. In Acts 4: 32-35 we are told of the sharing that went on amongst the early
Christians. This sharing is not to be mechanically administered either by the Slate or the
Church or a Christian organisation. We cannot make people share things like this together
but the call is to share. Loving each other through the work of the Holy Spirit is not some
mere emotional feeling al a certain point, but it is the practical outworking from that love
into the practical things of life. Rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those that weep.
bear each other’s burdens. This cannot be separated from the bearing of the burdens of the
full man – economic, psychological. Emotional, moral, social, etc. among the brotherhood
of those who have become brothers because they have a common Father
Fourthly. while the Bible makes plain that threre are two humanities, (those who are saved,
and those who are not saved): it equally makes plain that there is one humanity. We are two
humanities ethically, morally, in relationship to God, in a fulfilled purpose. But in the
structure of what man was made originally, there was a unity of man. We are of the same
flesh and bones. If there is to be a fulfilling of the purpose of our creation it will also ne
exhibited in this: our love will not stop at ourselves. It will flow out in the most practical of
forms tp all those who arc my kind. It will most certainly express the gospel to our lost
generation. Here is the context of evangelism. This is the fulfilment of the purpose of our
creation at his era and this time of the moving reels of history.
1 This is an edited version .of a lecture given by Dr Schaeffer. The original lecture is
available on cassette (number XI60) from: The Manor House. Greatham. Liss. Hants GU33
6HF UK; phone 01420 538436.

 

James Watson is Not a Racist; He’s a Darwinist! Michael Craven Michael Craven Michael Craven’s weblog 2007 Oct 29

James Watson is Not a Racist; He’s a Darwinist!

In a recent interview with London’s The Sunday Times, noted scientist, James Watson set off an international firestorm when he was quoted as saying that he is “inherently gloomy about the prospects of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours…” Watson then added that he would like for everyone to be equal, but “people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true.”

Watson is not being bigoted in the sense that he is expressing a personal prejudice against black people. In fact, he is being quite “reasonable” given his evolutionary beliefs about the nature of man and reality. According to Watson, “There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.” (James D. Watson, Avoid Boring People: Lessons from a Life in Science, Knopf, 2007)

James Watson is not some marginal quack operating on the fringes of the scientific community. In 1953, he and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA—one of the single most important discoveries of the 20th century for which they shared the 1962 Nobel Prize. The fact is Watson is one of the most important scientists of our age and what he inadvertently revealed is Darwinism’s dark secret: evolutionary ethics.

The fact is, if nature is the ultimate and final reality and there is no God then Watson is absolutely correct in his condemnation of what he believes are lesser evolved peoples. What few evolutionists are willing to admit is that if time and chance are the truth of human existence and reality, then everything that we have come to believe about morality and ethics is completely wrong. Darwinism places all human phenomena, including ethics and morality, under the sway of the laws of nature.

Early advocates of evolution clearly understood the profound moral implications of Darwin’s theory. Robby Kossmann, a German zoologist who later became a medical professor wrote in an 1880 essay:

The Darwinian worldview must look upon the present sentimental conception of the value of the life of a human individual as an overestimate completely hindering the progress of humanity. The human state … must reach an even higher level of perfection, if the possibility exists in it, through the destruction of the less well-endowed individual, for the more excellently endowed to win space for the expansion of its progeny. … The state only has an interest in preserving the more excellent life at the expense of the less excellent.

As repugnant as these statements may be, they were nonetheless the consensus among those who understood and embraced Darwin’s new idea. By the early 20th century, these ideas were wildly popular throughout Europe and America.

In fact, the prestigious biological research lab at Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island where Watson served as the past director and current chancellor is described as one that has “deep connections to Darwinian racism of years gone by.” A report states that, “Early in the twentieth century it was the headquarters for one of the most virulent American eugenics groups, the Eugenics Record Office, which promoted forced sterilization and opposed immigration to America by ethnic groups considered lower on the evolutionary scale than Anglo-Saxon whites.”

Francis Galton, cousin to Charles Darwin and founder of the eugenics movement wrote:

This is precisely the object of eugenics. Its first object is to check the birth rate of the Unfit, instead of allowing them to come into being … The second object is the improvement of the race by furthering the productivity of the Fit…
Following discovery of Nazi Germany’s monstrous eugenics program carried out at places like Auschwitz and Treblinka, the public’s support for social Darwinism and the eugenics movement dropped dramatically. However, it did not disappear; it merely retreated back into the world of academia and elsewhere where it still remains a dominant view among the so-called intellectual elite. The most obvious expression of this today is found in such programs as the United Nation’s population control efforts that are focused almost exclusively on the underdeveloped African nations.

However, in light of evolutionary theories these views cannot be dismissed as moral aberrations. These views are perfectly consistent with Darwinism in which the highest moral good becomes, by necessity, evolutionary progress. Therefore anyone thought not to represent the height of human evolution is deemed inferior or unequal. We find racism loathsome because it violates the Judeo-Christian conception of human dignity. Racism is a meaningful moral concept only when it is placed within the Christian worldview. However, if human beings are merely products of time and chance then the Judeo-Christian conception of human dignity is not only “unnatural,” it actually runs counter to evolutionary principles.    

According to the theories, there are significant evolutionary differences between the races, and essentially the race that was closer to apes (Blacks, according to Darwin) was less intelligent and inherently inferior to whites. Darwin stated, “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilized races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace throughout the world the savage races.” Of course this ignores decades of research suggesting that race is not a meaningful concept and that there is no biological basis for race. This underscores the biblical position of only one race, the human race.

The aforementioned is often referred to as “scientific racism”—a term intended to convey the idea that such interpretations of Darwinism are obsolete—however, from an evolutionary perspective, it is no more racist than regarding an ape as being superior to slug. Since evolutionists regard all human distinctions, intellectual or otherwise, as purely biological, these are simply two species on different rungs of the evolutionary ladder. If you believe in evolution, you simply cannot think otherwise and remain logically consistent with the evolutionary explanation of reality.

However, if you accept the truth of our origins as revealed in Scripture then you have a moral and ethical system in which all human life is equally valuable regardless of our differences. You simply cannot deny the Creator and keep the Creator’s morality. You cannot eliminate God and hope to maintain intrinsic human rights to life and equality. As one Darwinian ethicist put it, “An ethic consistent with Darwin’s theory knows no natural or innate rights…”

© 2007 by S. Michael Craven

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S. Michael Craven is the President of the Center for Christ & Culture. The Center for Christ & Culture is dedicated to renewal and discipleship within the Church and works to equip Christians with an intelligent and thoroughly Christian approach to matters of culture in order to recapture and demonstrate the relevance of Christianity to all of life. For more information on the Center for Christ & Culture, additional resources and other works by S. Michael Craven visit:www.battlefortruth.org

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Theologians Harold O. J. Brown, David Wells, Os Guinness, Timothy George, John Warwick Montgomery, John Piper, Norm Geisler, Wayne Grudem and L. Russ Bush, founders of ministries including James Dobson, D. James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell, R. C. Sproul, Chuck Colson and Tim and Beverley LaHaye, denomination leaders including Paige Patterson, Richard Land and James Montgomery Boice, publishers including Lane Dennis ofCrossway Books and Terry Eastland of The Weekly Standard, writers including Cal Thomas and Frank Peretti, and political leaders including Ronald Reagan, James and Susan Baker, C. Everett Koop, Jack Kemp and Gary Bauer—

How Francis Schaeffer Influenced Me

by Daniel R. Heimbach

I can honestly say that, besides my parents and Jesus Christ, no individual has influenced me more than Francis A. Schaeffer, a pastor-theologian most consider to have been among the greatest evangelical voices, and perhaps even the most influential, of the twentieth century. But Francis Schaeffer and his wife, Edith, were also close friends of my missionary grandparents. For me the Francis and Edith Schaeffer who inspired a generation of evangelicals, myself included, with the importance of engaging the culture for Christ, were also the family friends who nursed my grandparents to health after returning to the United States emaciated following release from a Japanese prison in a Prisoner of War exchange during World War II.

That is the reason my grandmother, Bertha Byram, was one of the earliest and most faithful prayer partners of the work called “L’Abri” founded in Europe by the Schaeffers after the war. That is why my grandmother is twice mentioned in The Tapestry. And that is why the communion table in the chapel the Schaeffer’s built in Huemoz, Switzerland, is dedicated to my grandmother. But I did not know this connection until after I was drawn to Schaeffer’s books for my own reasons.

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I first became aware of Schaeffer while a student in high school struggling with matters of faith and culture, and on reading his first book, Escape from Reason, I found him so keenly in tune with my questions I devoured nearly all he wrote as it was published. That was in the late 1960s and early 1970s when Western culture, and especially American culture, was in turmoil from so many others of my age rebelling against all authority and tradition. Then, like many others on discovering Schaeffer, I also traveled to the mountains of Switzerland to meet him, and ended staying several months trying to understand what was taking place and what it meant to be authentically Christian in a world fast becoming radically post-Christian.

I learned much from Schaeffer that has affected me ever since, but as much from his life as from his thought, as much from his demonstrating Christian love as from his defending biblical truth, as much from how he respected the value and dignity of everyone he met however small or great as from what I learned from his writing. Schaeffer is the one who taught me that truth is a reality we must live and not just believe, and that if Christians do not live God’s truth the world has every right to reject what we claim is right and true. And Schaeffer is the one who taught me, more by example than words, how Christians can and must stand for purity and holiness without ugliness or harshness and should weep for those pursuing what we abhor.

Schaeffer’s many books, especially The Mark of the Christian, Pollution and the Death of Man, How Should We Then Live?, Whatever Happened to the Human Race?, and A Christian Manifesto, were instrumental in forming what has become for me a strong sense of calling or mission in the world, which is to promote God’s truth in a culture that is rejecting it, and doing so especially as it concerns resisting moral anarchy and political tyranny.

Francis Schaeffer influenced my decision to become a culturally astute moral influence in Washington, D.C., an effort that resulted in affecting a wide range of issues in public policy. Schaeffer influenced my role in leading the fight against normalizing treatment of homosexual behavior in the military services. Schaeffer influenced my running for Congress in 2000. Schaeffer influenced my vision to develop what is now the strongest program in the world for training evangelicals in biblically uncompromising yet culturally engaged Christian ethics. And Schaeffer has influenced the sort of books I write, all of which have been written to resource evangelical witness on moral issues contested in the culture.

But while Schaeffer had a deep and lasting impact on evangelicals of my generation, shaping the those who led the Jesus Movement, the Moral Majority, the drafting of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, the first Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, the rediscovery of classical Christian education, the formation of Crisis Pregnancy Centers, the Southern Baptist conservative resurgence, and the movement of evangelicals into politics now labeled the Christian Right—and while Schaffer played the major role in launching evangelical efforts to engage the culture on issues ranging from legalized abortion, euthanasia, sexual immorality, environmental stewardship, denying gender roles, reclaiming the arts, and education reform—and while Schaeffer was a major influence on many who rose to positions of significant leadership including theologians Harold O. J. Brown, David Wells, Os Guinness, Timothy George, John Warwick Montgomery, John Piper, Norm Geisler, Wayne Grudem and L. Russ Bush, founders of ministries including James Dobson, D. James Kennedy, Jerry Falwell, R. C. Sproul, Chuck Colson and Tim and Beverley LaHaye, denomination leaders including Paige Patterson, Richard Land and James Montgomery Boice, publishers including Lane Dennis ofCrossway Books and Terry Eastland of The Weekly Standard, writers including Cal Thomas and Frank Peretti, and political leaders including Ronald Reagan, James and Susan Baker, C. Everett Koop, Jack Kemp and Gary Bauer—the legacy of Francis A. Schaeffer is now in danger of being forgotten by a new generation that hardly knows his name much less understands how much they owe to the extraordinary influence of this passionate yet humble prophet used of God to transform and reenergize so much of what they inherit.

Of course, the ways in which any culture challenges authentically Christian witness change over time, but what Schaeffer taught evangelicals about the lordship of Christ over all areas of life, the timeless relevance of objectively reliable truth, the inerrancy of God’s Word, the marred nobility of human nature, the beauty of creation, and the meaninglessness of pretending to live in a self-centered mechanistic universe will never change and are as vitally important for evangelicals today as they were when Schaeffer held forth among us.

It is therefore strategic and absolutely critical that evangelicals revisit, reaffirm, and if necessary rediscover the legacy of Francis A. Schaeffer, lest we forget what we had and lose the art of engaging the culture without accommodating ourselves to the culture, of defending truth without being ugly, of loving those we engage without compromising purity, and of fitting our message to changing circumstances without compromising its content for fear of rejection or desire merely to be accepted by others.

The entrusting of the personal books, letters and papers of Frances A. Schaeffer, by the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation, to the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary could not be more timely or important. I am most grateful to my colleague, Bruce Little, and to the Schaeffer family for their vision and generosity, and I am certain this one very significant action will play a key role in revitalizing evangelical witness in contemporary culture. I pray it will also serve to inspire, benefit and aid in equipping of a new generation eager to make a biblically grounded, authentically Christian difference in the world of today.

Daniel R. Heimbach is Senior Professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

  1. Benjamin Pennington   •  5 months ago

    Thank you, professor. I only originally knew of Schaeffer through Piper’s “Pastor As Scholar” discussion. Recently when our church gave away our library books, I found The God Who Is There, Death In the City, and Genesis In Space and Time. I had those books on my shelf for a year l, but started reading the God Who Is There a couple of weeks ago. I absolutely fell in love with his thinking and understanding if man’s despair, need for a universal unifying truth, and the way Schaeffer opened up my eyes to famous artists and what they were trying to accomplish. (I knew of John Cage years ago and hated his music, but Schaeffer really made sense of him for me.) So I have decided to plow through everything else Schaeffer wrote.

    By the way, I enjoyed this article of yours. I am a GGBTS student in California, possibly transferring my units to SEBTS online. I hope to have the privilege of taking a course with you.

  2. Everette Hatcher   •  about 4 hours ago

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    By the way I have reblogged this fine article today on my blog.

    I am Everette Hatcher and in the 1970’s and 1980’s I was a member of Bellevue Baptist in Memphis where Adrian Rogers was pastor and was a student at Evangelical Christian School from the 5th grade to the 12th grade where I was introduced to the books and films of Francis Schaeffer. At ECS my favorite teacher was Mark Brink who actually played both film series to us (WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE HUMAN RACE? and HOW SHOULD WE THEN LIVE?) during our senior year and believe it or not after I graduated I would come back and join some of his future classes when the film was playing again because I couldn’t get enough of Schaeffer’s film series!!!!

    During this time I was amazed at how many prominent figures in the world found their way into the works of both Adrian Rogers and Francis Schaeffer and I wondered what it would be like if these individuals were exposed to the Bible and the gospel. Therefore, over 20 years ago I began sending the messages of Adrian Rogers and portions of the works of Francis Schaeffer to many of the secular figures that they mentioned in their works. Let me give you some examples and tell you about some lessons that I have learned.

    I have learned several things about atheists in the last 20 years while I have been corresponding with them. First, they know in their hearts that God exists and they can’t live as if God doesn’t exist, but they will still search in some way in their life for a greater meaningSecond, many atheists will take time out of their busy lives to examine the evidence that I present to them. Third, there is hope that they will change their views.

    Let’s go over again a few points I made at the first of this post.  My first point is backed up by  Romans 1:18-19 (Amplified Bible) ” For God’s wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness REPRESS and HINDER the truth and make it inoperative. For that which is KNOWN about God is EVIDENT to them and MADE PLAIN IN THEIR INNER CONSCIOUSNESS, because God  has SHOWN IT TO THEM,”(emphasis mine). I have discussed this many times on my blog and even have interacted with many atheists from CSICOP in the past. (I first heard this from my pastor Adrian Rogers back in the 1980’s.)

    My second point is that many atheists will take the time to consider the evidence that I have presented to them and will respond. The late Adrian Rogers was my pastor at Bellevue Baptist when I grew up and I sent his sermon on evolution and another on the accuracy of the Bible to many atheists to listen to and many of them did. I also sent many of the arguments from Francis Schaeffer also.

    Many of these scholars have taken the time to respond back to me in the last 20 years and some of the names  included are  Ernest Mayr (1904-2005), George Wald (1906-1997), Carl Sagan (1934-1996),  Robert Shapiro (1935-2011), Nicolaas Bloembergen (1920-),  Brian Charlesworth (1945-),  Francisco J. Ayala (1934-) Elliott Sober (1948-), Kevin Padian (1951-), Matt Cartmill (1943-) , Milton Fingerman (1928-), John J. Shea (1969-), , Michael A. Crawford (1938-), (Paul Kurtz (1925-2012), Sol Gordon (1923-2008), Albert Ellis (1913-2007), Barbara Marie Tabler (1915-1996), Renate Vambery (1916-2005), Archie J. Bahm (1907-1996), Aron S “Gil” Martin ( 1910-1997), Matthew I. Spetter (1921-2012), H. J. Eysenck (1916-1997), Robert L. Erdmann (1929-2006), Mary Morain (1911-1999), Lloyd Morain (1917-2010),  Warren Allen Smith (1921-), Bette Chambers (1930-),  Gordon Stein (1941-1996) , Milton Friedman (1912-2006), John Hospers (1918-2011), and Michael Martin (1932-).
    Third, there is hope that an atheist will reconsider his or her position after examining more evidence. Twenty years I had the opportunity to correspond with two individuals that were regarded as two of the most famous atheists of the 20th Century, Antony Flew and Carl Sagan.  I had read the books and seen the films of the Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer and he had discussed the works of both of these men. I sent both of these gentlemen philosophical arguments from Schaeffer in these letters and in the first letter I sent a cassette tape of my pastor’s sermon IS THE BIBLE TRUE? You may have noticed in the news a few years that Antony Flew actually became a theist in 2004 and remained one until his death in 2010. Carl Sagan remained a skeptic until his dying day in 1996.Antony Flew wrote me back several times and in the  June 1, 1994 letter he  commented, “Thank you for sending me the IS THE BIBLE TRUE? tape to which I have just listened with great interest and, I trust, profit.” I later sent him Adrian Rogers’ sermon on evolution too. 
     The ironic thing is back in 2008 I visited the Bellevue Baptist Book Store and bought the book There Is A God – How the World’s Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, by Antony Flew, and it is in this same store that I bought the message by Adrian Rogers in 1994 that I sent to Antony Flew. Although Antony Flew did not make a public profession of faith he did admit that the evidence for God’s existence was overwhelming to him in the last decade of his life. His experience has been used in a powerful way to tell  others about Christ. Let me point out that while on airplane when I was reading this book a gentleman asked me about the book. I was glad to tell him the whole story about Adrian Rogers’ two messages that I sent to Dr. Flew and I gave him CD’s of the messages which I carry with me always. Then at McDonald’s at the Airport, a worker at McDonald’s asked me about the book and I gave him the same two messages from Adrian Rogers too.

    Francis Schaeffer’s words would be quoted in many of these letters that I would send to famous skeptics and I would always include audio messages from Adrian Rogers. Perhaps Schaeffer’s most effective argument was concerning Romans 1 and how a person could say that he didn’t believe that the world had a purpose or meaning but he could not live that way in the world that God created and with the conscience that every person is born with.

    Google “Adrian Rogers Francis Schaeffer” and the first 4 things that come up will be my blog posts concerning effort to reach these atheists. These two great men proved that the scriptures Hebrews 4:12 and Isaiah 55:11 are true, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” and “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

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27 Quotes from the book FINDING TRUTH by Nancy Pearcey

Nancy Pearcey is a lot like her mentor Francis Schaeffer and that is why I like her writings so much!!!

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Finding Truth Quotes

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“Clearly, Enlightenment thinkers were seeking a God substitute.”
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“As students, we took all of this for granted, like oxygen in a lecture hall, and we heaped harsh judgment on the Christian West,” John recalled. “But we rarely asked, ‘Compared to what?’ The ‘what’ was always some form of utopian ideal. But utopian ideals have not fared so well. In the twentieth century, secular utopian idealists presided over the extermination of a hundred million people, killed for ‘a higher good’ by the apostles of Darwin, Marx, and Nietzsche. History has never produced a more efficient set of butchers.”
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“Scientific evidence has shown that “built into the natural development of children’s minds [is] a predisposition to see the natural world as designed and purposeful and that some kind of intelligent being is behind that purpose.” Even if a group of children were put “on an island and they raised themselves,” Barrett adds, “I think they would believe in God.” 13 It appears that we have to be educated out of the knowledge of God by secular schools and media.”
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“Only a God of love is fully personal. Thus the Trinity is crucial for maintaining a fully personal concept of God. As theologian Robert Letham writes, “Only a God who is triune can be personal.… A solitary monad cannot love and, since it cannot love, neither can it be a person.” Therefore it “has no way to explain or even to maintain human personhood.”
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“Mitchell claimed that her materialist view leads to “humbleness.” But it is not humbling; it is dehumanizing. It essentially reduces humans to robots.”
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“But things that are intrinsically good can also become idols—if we allow them to take over any of God’s functions in our lives.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“Atheists often denounce Christianity as harsh and negative. But in reality it offers a much more positive view of the human person than any competing religion or worldview. It is so appealing that adherents of other worldviews keep free-loading the parts they like best.”
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“If we do not cultivate the same confidence, the danger is that Christians will tend toward defensiveness and anger. In today’s grievance culture, it seems that some new group is always coming forward to complain that they are offended. It can be easy for Christians to pick up the same victim language. But our motivation for speaking out should not be only that we are offended. After all, we are called to share in the offense of the Cross. We are called to love the offender. Christians will be effective in reaching out to others only when they reflect biblical truth in their message, their method, and their manners.”
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“Learning critical thinking is important not only for speaking to people outside the church but also for educating people on the inside”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“Yet church youth groups rarely teach apologetics, majoring instead on games and goodies.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“Materialists try to live in the lower story NON-MATERIAL WORLD Subjective, Superstitious, Mental Constructs MATERIAL WORLD Objective, Scientific, Knowable Facts”
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“a mind capable of forming an argument against God’s existence constitutes evidence for his existence. That is, a conscious being with the ability to reason, weigh evidence, and argue logically must come from a source that has at least the same level of cognitive ability.”
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“When a worldview exchanges the Creator for something in creation, it will also exchange a high view of humans made in God’s image for a lower view of humans made in the image of something in creation. Humans are not self-existent, self-sufficient, or self-defining. They did not create themselves. They are finite, dependent, contingent beings. As a result, they will always look outside themselves for their ultimate identity and meaning. They will define human nature by its relationship to the divine—however they define divinity. Those who do not get their identity from a transcendent Creator will get it from something in creation.”
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“Philosopher John Gray, though himself an atheist, writes that “when atheism becomes a political project, the invariable result is an ersatz religion that can only be maintained by tyrannical means” 64—by secret police and death camps.”
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“Christianity agrees with Hamlet when he said to Horatio, “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your philosophy.” Reductionistic worldviews insist that there are fewer things in heaven and earth. Living according to these worldviews is like living in a concrete bunker with no windows. Communicating a Christian worldview should be like inviting people to open the door and come out. Our message ought to express the joy of leading captives out of a small, cramped world into one that is expansive and liberating.”
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“In short, their practice contradicts what they profess. They are trapped in cognitive dissonance.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“philosopher Galen Strawson, the denial of consciousness “is surely the strangest thing that has ever happened in the whole history of human thought.” It shows “that the power of human credulity is unlimited, that the capacity of human minds to be gripped by theory, by faith, is truly unbounded.” It reveals “the deepest irrationality of the human mind.”
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“When people commit themselves to a certain vision of reality, it becomes their ultimate explainer. It serves to interpret the universe for them, to guide their moral decisions, to give meaning and purpose to life, and all the other functions normally associated with a religion.”
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“to define what is rational solely by whether it fits the tenets of your own worldview is an invalid move because it rules out all other truth claims by definition. You do not even have to investigate the evidence. A serious search for truth does not start by stacking the deck.”
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“But don’t you see that as an inconsistency in your views?” the young man asked. Dawkins replied, “I sort of do, yes. But it is an inconsistency that we sort of have to live with, otherwise life would be intolerable.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“Humans are not self-existent, self-sufficient, or self-defining. They did not create themselves. They are finite, dependent, contingent beings. As a result, they will always look outside themselves for their ultimate identity and meaning. They will define human nature by its relationship to the divine—however they define divinity. Those who do not get their identity from a transcendent Creator will get it from something in creation.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“The whole point of building theoretical systems is to explain what humans know by pre-theoretical experience. That is the starting point for any philosophy. That is the data it seeks to explain. If it fails to explain the data of experience, then it has failed the test. It has been falsified.”
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“Our actions are not simply links in a closed chain of causally connected physical events. We have the capacity to be first causes, starting a new chain of cause and effect.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“if determinism is true, then “we are, in the final reckoning, merely playthings of fortune.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“Powerful logical or metaphysical reasons for supposing we can’t have strong free will keep coming up against equally powerful psychological reasons why we can’t help believing that we do have it.… It seems that we cannot live or experience our choices as determined, even if determinism is true.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“But of course, by carving out an exception for themselves, they have introduced a logical inconsistency into their system. They have stated that there is one thing (namely, their own thinking) that their system does not cover.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“When a worldview fails to account for all of reality, what do adherents do? Do they say, “I guess my theory has been falsified; I’d better toss it out”? Most people do not give up that easily. Instead they suppress the things that their worldview cannot explain, walling them off into a conceptual area separate from reality—an upper story of useful fictions. Wish fulfillment. Illusions.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“It is clear now why Christianity played a significant role in launching the scientific revolution in the first place. Only a biblical worldview provides an adequate epistemology for science. First, a rational God created the world with an intelligible structure, and second, he created humans in his image. In the words of historian Richard Cohen, science required the concept of a “rational creator of all things,” along with the corollary that “we lesser rational beings might, by virtue of that Godlike rationality, be able to decipher the laws of nature.” Theologian Christopher Kaiser states the same idea succinctly: the early scientists assumed that “the same Logos that is responsible for its ordering is also reflected in human reason.”
Nancy Pearcey, Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes
“Ancient Greek culture was permeated by philosophies such as Gnosticism and neo-Platonism that regarded the material realm as the realm of death, decay, and destruction. Gnosticism taught that the world was so evil that it could not be the creation of the highest, supreme deity but must be the handiwork of an evil sub-deity.”
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Interview with Nancy Pearcey; 23 February 2015

Published on Feb 23, 2015

In conjunction with WORLD Magazine, Patrick Henry College presents its interview with Nancy Pearcey as a part of the Newsmaker Interview Series with Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief at WORLD and Distinguished Chair of Journalism and Public Policy at PHC. For more information on Patrick Henry College, visit our website here http://www.phc.edu.

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Francis Schaeffer on Rob Bell

by Carson T. Clark on April 7, 2011

Have you ever come across a quote that describes the present better than its own time? I recently had that experience while reading Barry Hankins’ biographical work, Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America. Time and again I reread Schaeffer’s words, thinking about their applicability to the present theological war overLove Wins. It caused me to consider what Schaeffer would have thought about Bell and contemporary evangelicalism.

Schaeffer’s greatest gift was his almost prophetic ability to perceive the tensions underlying cultural trends, whether sacred or secular. Here precision of word is required. It seems to me that Schaeffer was a one-trick pony. He exhibited true greatness at the thing he did well, but regularly got into trouble when he ventured away from that specialty. I’d love to get Hankins’ feedback on this, but, in my opinion, Schaeffer was at his best when dealing with the present as opposed to the past or future. To employ a medical analogy, Schaeffer would be like a doctor who struggles to understand diseases causes or prescribe effective treatments, but is truly brilliant in making the initial diagnoses that few others can.

To be perfectly candid, I groan virtually every time I encounter Schaeffer’s treatment of history or philosophy. It’s just awful. For example, his so-called “Reformation base” is an ideological Utopia that never actually existed and his criticisms of Thomas Aquinas reveals rampant ignorance about his subject matter. Furthermore, I cringe at the solutions he proposed to legitimate problems. This is perhaps best illustrated by his role in galvanizing the Christian Right into a political bloc after Roe v. Wade. Yet, despite such blunders, his discernment of the cultural challenges of his day were truly penetrating as he identified issues like ecology and homosexuality decades before other conservative evangelicals. It was that ability that enables his observations to still ring true some 30 years later.

From everything I’ve read and heard of Schaeffer, there’s no doubt in my mind that, were he alive today, he’d be firmly opposed to Rob Bell. As a forerunner to the Neo-Reformed movement, my guess is Schaeffer would a) decry Bell’s doctrine as heretical–thinking it the result of evangelical accommodation to liberalism and postmodernism–and b) would recommend that we come right out and identify Bell as apostate, not unlike John Piper implicitly suggested. Naturally, I’d be groaning and cringing. Then I suspect Schaeffer would notice a crucial pattern that has apparently escaped notice among most his conservative peers. Specifically, the degree to which people resonate with Bell’s book seems to have a direct, inverse correlation to the degree to which they’re troubled by the lack of compassion among conservative evangelicals. This brings me back to that quote:

“What men find ugly is what they see in Christians who hold to the orthodox doctrine that men are lost, but show no signs of compassion… This is what causes men in our generation to be turned off by evangelicalism.”

My suspicion is that Schaeffer would see that Bell’s fans are motivated not by a rational disdain of “biblical doctrine” (as so many have charged), but rather an existential reaction against the (apparent) delight those individuals take in their doctrines about God’s wrath and eternal punishment. For most the motivation isn’t an assault upon the doctrine of hell, but a retreat from its misuse and abuse. Schaeffer would see that Bell and his followers are being driven by a grave concern that God is being painted as a sort of cosmic sadist who revels in unending torture. Though he’d almost certainly denounce such theology as an overreaction, I can’t help but think his heart would go out to them.

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Francis Schaeffer and Operation Mobilization

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George Verwer pictured above and Francis Schaeffer below:

I got to take part in the Summer campaign of Operation Mobilization (OM) in 1979 in Manchester, England in an outreach to Muslims and Hindus, but before I went I spent a week in a similar campaign in Toronto, Canada and then I went to a OM conference in Belgium in June. We had some great speakers such as George Verwer, but I didn’t have an experience like Doug Nichols did in 1966.

Francis Schaeffer

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It was a long time ago, in the summer of 1966, that Doug [Nichols] was working for Operation Mobilization and was stationed in London during their big annual conference. He was assigned to the clean-up crew. One night at around 12:30 AM he was sweeping the steps at the conference center when an older gentleman approached him and asked if this was where the conference was being held. Doug said that it was, but that just about everyone had already gone to bed. This man was dressed very simply and had just a small bag with him. He said that he was attending the conference. Doug replied he would try to find him a place to sleep and led him to a room where about 50 people were bunked down on the floor. The older gentleman had nothing to sleep on, so Doug laid down some padding and a blanket and offered a towel for a pillow. The man said that would be just fine and that he appreciated it very much.

Doug asked the man if he had been able to eat dinner. It turns out that he hadn’t eaten since he had been travelling all day. Doug took him to the dining room but it was locked. He soon jimmied the lock and found some cornflakes and milk and bread and jam. As the man ate, the two began to talk. The man said that he and his wife had been working in Switzerland for several years, where he had a small ministry that served hippies and travellers. He spoke about his work and spoke about some of the people he had seen turn to Christ. When he finished eating, both men turned in for the night.

Doug woke up the next morning only to find out that he was in big trouble. The conference leaders came to him and said, “Don’t you know who it was that you put on the floor last night? That’s Francis Schaeffer! He’s the speaker for this conference! We had a whole room set aside for him!”

Doug had no idea that he was sleeping on the floor next to a celebrity, that he had told a man to sleep on the floor who had a profoundly important ministry. He had no idea that this man had helped shape the Christian church of that day, and really, the church of our day. And Schaeffer never let on. In humility he had accepted his lot and been grateful for it.

 

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Roe Vs Wade: 40 Years Later (includes the film TRUTH AND HISTORY)

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I truly believe that many of the problems we have today in the USA are due to the advancement of humanism in the last few decades in our society. Ronald Reagan appointed the evangelical Dr. C. Everett Koop to the position of Surgeon General in his administration. He partnered with Dr. Francis Schaeffer in making the video below. It is very valuable information for Christians to have.  Actually I have included a video below that includes comments from him on this subject.

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Francis Schaeffer is pictured above.

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Roe Vs Wade: 40 Years Later

40 years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion would become legal in this country. Abortion has been a dark stain in the United States that has cause division, anger, and even sorrow. To think that we, as nation, would uphold such a law to allow the slaughter of over 50 million unborn children just for the sake of a woman’s right because they do not want the “unexpected” child. While abortion remains legal in the United States, there is no reason for the church to be silent against it. Read the words of of R.C. Sproul Jr. from a recent post:Forty years ago US involvement in Vietnam was winding down. War in the Middle East broke out during Yom Kippur. But all was quiet on the evangelical front, when a graver, bloodier war was declared in the hallowed halls of the United States Supreme Court. January 22 the Supreme Court released their decision in Roe v. Wade. That decision, purportedly flowing from the unseen penumbra and emanations of the Constitution, ruled that no state could prevent a woman from destroying her unborn child up until the moment of birth.While the issue had been in the public eye since the beginning of the sexual revolution the evangelical church was not only less than outspoken, but less than certain on the issue. Two years before Roe the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution calling for legal abortion to protect the life of the mother, including her “emotional life.” Paul Jewett, professor of systematic theology at Fuller Seminary, was committed to the pro-abortion perspective.The evangelical pro-life movement began quietly in 1975 when Harold O.J. Brown, working with C. Everett Koop, opened the Christian Action Council. What woke the evangelical conscience, however, was Francis Schaeffer, also with Dr. Koop, releasing the video, Whatever Happened to the Human Race, in 1979. Over six million were already dead. In 1984 sitting President Ronald Reagan published Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation. Six million more were dead.In the mid 1980’s evangelicals began getting more aggressive, joining with Roman Catholics in “rescues” across the country, blocking access to abortion mills. Federal legislation, RICO and FACE, and perhaps Paul Hill put an end to rescues. Not long after the Crisis Pregnancy Center movement exploded, growing into the 1990s. By the time George W. Bush took office over thirty million babies had been murdered. Under President Bush the political planets aligned such that the White House, the House and the Senate were all under the control of Republicans. Seven of the nine Supreme Court judges were appointed under Republican presidents. Eight years into the new century and ten million more babies were dead.It is not my intent to challenge the effectiveness of any organization, any strategy, or any party. I have, in one way or another, been deeply involved in them all. Rather my intent is to highlight the deep gap between how we think about abortion forty years later, and the reality. We think in terms of strategies, movements, parties, and avert our eyes from the body parts. Strategies, movements, parties are all abstractions. The babies are real, and they are really dead. The anniversary is just a date on the calendar. The babies are dead, not fifty million of them, but one of them, fifty million times.We must be politically active. We must serve moms in crisis. We must speak prophetically to both the world and the church, remembering that one in six abortions is procured by an evangelical. First, however, we must weep. First, our hearts have to be broken, lest our pro-life activities lead us to forget. First we must repent because for a generation we have thought and acted like a movement, while every day babies are being murdered. First we must recognize that the problem isn’t how many were killed over the past forty years, but is instead how many will be killed in the next forty minutes. We must pledge not to not forget what has happened, but to not forget what is happening. Last we must remember that there is only one thing that can wash the blood from our hands, the blood from His.

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Excerpt from Nancy Pearcey’s new book: “Why Evolutionary Theory Cannot Survive Itself”

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No one has been influenced more by Francis Schaeffer than Nancy Pearcey. No wonder I like her material so much!!!!

Excerpt from Nancy Pearcey’s new book: “Why Evolutionary Theory Cannot Survive Itself”

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ENV is pleased to share the following excerpt from Nancy Pearcey’s new book,Finding Truth: Five Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes. A Fellow of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, Pearcey is a professor and scholar-in-residence at Houston Baptist University and editor-at-large of The Pearcey Report. She is author of the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity and other books.

A major way to test a philosophy or worldview is to ask: Is it logically consistent? Internal contradictions are fatal to any worldview because contradictory statements are necessarily false. “This circle is square” is contradictory, so it has to be false. An especially damaging form of contradiction is self-referential absurdity — which means a theory sets up a definition of truth that it itself fails to meet. Therefore it refutes itself….

An example of self-referential absurdity is a theory called evolutionary epistemology, a naturalistic approach that applies evolution to the process of knowing. The theory proposes that the human mind is a product of natural selection. The implication is that the ideas in our minds were selected for their survival value, not for their truth-value.

But what if we apply that theory to itself? Then it, too, was selected for survival, not truth — which discredits its own claim to truth. Evolutionary epistemology commits suicide.

Astonishingly, many prominent thinkers have embraced the theory without detecting the logical contradiction. Philosopher John Gray writes, “If Darwin’s theory of natural selection is true,… the human mind serves evolutionary success, not truth.” What is the contradiction in that statement?

Gray has essentially said, if Darwin’s theory is true, then it “serves evolutionary success, not truth.” In other words, if Darwin’s theory is true, then it is not true.

Self-referential absurdity is akin to the well-known liar’s paradox: “This statement is a lie.” If the statement is true, then (as it says) it is not true, but a lie.

Another example comes from Francis Crick. More.

But, of course, no intellectual consideration matters once the naturalists can hear the giant maw of the school system sucking it down. After a while, everyone believes what doesn’t make sense, and no one knows why or cares.

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FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 52 THE BEATLES (Part D, There is evidence that the Beatles may have been exposed to Francis Schaeffer!!!) (Feature on artist Anna Margaret Rose Freeman )

______________ I have dedicated several posts to this series on the Beatles and I don’t know when this series will end because Francis Schaeffer spent a lot of time talking and writing about them and their impact on the culture of the 1960’s. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds- The Beatles The Beatles: The Beatles […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 51 THE BEATLES (Part C, List of those on cover of Stg.Pepper’s ) (Feature on artist Raqib Shaw )

________________ I have dedicated several posts to this series on the Beatles and I don’t know when this series will end because Francis Schaeffer spent a lot of time talking and writing about them and their impact on the culture of the 1960’s. The Beatles: The Beatles and their album St. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 50 THE BEATLES (Part B, The Psychedelic Music of the Beatles) (Feature on artist Peter Blake )

__________________ I have dedicated several posts to this series on the Beatles and I don’t know when this series will end because Francis Schaeffer spent a lot of time talking and writing about them and their impact on the culture of the 1960’s. The Beatles are featured in this episode below and Schaeffer noted,  ” Sergeant Pepper’s […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 49 THE BEATLES (Part A, The Meaning of Stg. Pepper’s Cover) (Feature on artist Mika Tajima)

_______________ I have dedicated several posts to this series on the Beatles and I don’t know when this series will end because Francis Schaeffer spent a lot of time talking and writing about them and their impact on the culture of the 1960’s. Great Album The Beatles are featured in this episode below and Schaeffer […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE PART 48 “BLOW UP” by Michelangelo Antonioni makes Philosophic Statement (Feature on artist Nancy Holt)

_______________ Francis Schaeffer pictured below: _____________________ Why am I doing this series FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE? John Fischer probably expressed it best when he noted: Schaeffer was the closest thing to a “man of sorrows” I have seen. He could not allow himself to be happy when most of the world was desperately lost […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 47 Woody Allen and Professor Levy and the death of “Optimistic Humanism” from the movie CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS Plus Charles Darwin’s comments too!!! (Feature on artist Rodney Graham)

Crimes and Misdemeanors: A Discussion: Part 1 ___________________________________ Today I will answer the simple question: IS IT POSSIBLE TO BE AN OPTIMISTIC SECULAR HUMANIST THAT DOES NOT BELIEVE IN GOD OR AN AFTERLIFE? This question has been around for a long time and you can go back to the 19th century and read this same […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE PART 46 Friedrich Nietzsche (Featured artist is Thomas Schütte)

____________________________________ Francis Schaeffer pictured below: ______________ Francis Schaeffer has written extensively on art and culture spanning the last 2000years and here are some posts I have done on this subject before : Francis Schaeffer’s “How should we then live?” Video and outline of episode 10 “Final Choices” , episode 9 “The Age of Personal Peace and Affluence”, episode 8 […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 45 Woody Allen “Reason is Dead” (Feature on artists Allora & Calzadilla )

Love and Death [Woody Allen] – What if there is no God? [PL] ___________   _______________ How Should We then Live Episode 7 small (Age of Nonreason) #02 How Should We Then Live? (Promo Clip) Dr. Francis Schaeffer 10 Worldview and Truth Two Minute Warning: How Then Should We Live?: Francis Schaeffer at 100 Francis […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 44 The Book of Genesis (Featured artist is Trey McCarley )

___________________________________ Francis Schaeffer pictured below: ____________________________ Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR Dr. Francis schaeffer – The flow of Materialism(from Part 4 of Whatever happened to human race?) Dr. Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical flow of Truth & History (intro) Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical Flow of History & Truth (1) Dr. Francis Schaeffer […]

FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE Part 43 “Freedom within Form” (Featured artist is Jan Fabre)

________________ Francis Schaeffer “BASIS FOR HUMAN DIGNITY” Whatever…HTTHR Dr. Francis schaeffer – The flow of Materialism(from Part 4 of Whatever happened to human race?) Dr. Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical flow of Truth & History (intro) Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical Flow of History & Truth (1) Dr. Francis Schaeffer – The Biblical Flow of […]

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