A Christian Manifesto by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer. This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort. In this explosive book, Francis Schaeffer shows why morality and freedom have crumbled in our society. He calls for a massive movement-in. “Direction of Endeavor for Chinese Christianity in the Construction of New China” , commonly For theologian Francis Schaeffer’s book A Christian Manifesto, see Francis Schaeffer. For other manifestos by Christian groups, see Manifesto.
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In this explosive book, Francis Schaeffer shows why morality and freedom have crumbled in our society. He calls for a massive movement-in government, law, and all of life-to reestablish our Judeo-Christian foundation and turn the tide of moral decadence and loss of freedom. A Christian Manifesto is literally a call for Christians to change the course of history-by returning In this explosive book, Francis Schaeffer shows why morality and freedom have crumbled in our society.
The Christian Manifesto
A Christian Manifesto is literally a call for Christians to change the course of history-by returning to biblical Truth and by allowing Christ to be Lord in all of life. Paperbackpages. Published March 8th by Crossway Books first chriistian June To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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A Christian Manifesto
Be the first to ask a question about A Christian Manifesto. Lists with This Book. Jan 15, Nick Gibson rated it really liked it. Hmm, what to say. Love Schaeffer’s thought process, insight, and writing style. This past year I’ve been trying to figure out my position on the relationship between church which church?
I’ve been driven toward Two Kingdoms by the shallow and left-leaning public policy views of certain celebri Hmm, what to say. I’ve been driven toward Two Kingdoms by the shallow and left-leaning public policy views of certain celebrity preachers – I want a theological reason for them to keep quiet about politics and preach the gospel.
Therefore I’ve been reading a lot of Michael Horton and D. But they seem to advocate a kind of “radical” Two Kingdoms that just doesn’t square in my mind and what I read the Bible and what I see in history.
But on the other hand, Schaeffer is more transformational – like Keller et al. He makes that argument here. It’s dated, since the Moral Majority has long since been six feet under and the conservative renaissance of the “open window” for moral and worldview reform began to slow after and collapsed in That lends the book a poignant air.
If Schaeffer could seebased on this book he would say we lost. Still, Schaeffer has put his foot in the door and kept me open minded.
That issue aside – wow, it’s great to be reading Schaeffer again. View all 8 comments. Jul 31, John Yelverton rated it it was amazing. A fantastic read that is sadly necessary to combat those who downplay this belief instead of respecting it as a legitimate philosophy on life. Sep 18, Tony Smith rated it really liked it.
I have read this work more than once. Schaeffer’s basic arguments and philosophy hold up well over time. I would say his thoughts and logic are being proven correct by present culture and circumstances. Cultural and political changes do not make truth untruthful. They simply make identifying true truth more difficult to discern due to all of the verbal and other detritus used to try to hide the truth.
Schaeffer does a good job separating truth from the clutter. May 30, David Sarkies rated it it was ok Recommends it for: A typical rant schaffer the collapse of Christain moral society 1 June Mnifesto reading the first couple of chapters of this book I have come to understand why it is that Schaeffer’s son has broken with the groups that his father was involved in and moved over to the Christian Left.
While I do generally like Schaeffer’s writings, and also his ability to connect with people from various backgrounds, this book, at first, felt like a rant against the direction that US society is heading, and in partic A typical rant about the collapse of American moral society 1 June After reading the first couple of chapters of this book I have come to understand why it is that Schaeffer’s son has broken with the groups that his father was involved in and moved over to the Christian Left.
While I do generally like Schaeffer’s writings, and also his ability drancis connect with people chrristian various backgrounds, this book, at first, felt like a rant against the direction that US society is heading, and in particular his attacks against abortion. There are a number of things that I agree with in this book, and a number of things with which I disagree.
Schaeffer is correct when he writes about sfhaeffer separation of church and state and that the state should schqeffer seek to enter and influence the christtian of the church. In a sense that is similar to how the state should not be overtly interventionist in the lives of the individual person, however while standing up against manifssto state seeking to combat and attack the church, he seems to advocate that the state also take a moral stance with regards to the lives of individuals.
He chirstian about how the laws of our society are based on a Christian world view, and he clearly has the Ten Commandments in mind. This is something that I generally balk against because the first five commandments deal with our obligations towards God which includes honouring our parents cheistian that is reflective of our relationship with God and the last five deal with our obligations towards our fellow human beings. However, Dhristian clearly stated that all the law and prophets come down to two points: While he speaks of our law losing its Christian foundation and moving into a more relativistic mindset it is clear here that he is speaking mainly of abortion, and this is something that I will address a little later.
I actually support the removal of the Ten Commandments from the Schools and from the courts.
These laws are personal laws that apply to us, and in fact, if the state begins to legislate religion, in the form of the first and second commandments, then suddenly the whole argument of the separation of church and state becomes a moot point because all of the sudden the state is legislating religion. However, let us consider the last five commandments: However, one needs to consider the definition of murder, and that is an unlawful killing. There are numerous instances were the state has sanctioned a killing, such as during war, for self-defense, and a policeman in the line of duty.
However, in all of these instances with maybe the exception of war the state will vigorously examine each of these events to determine whether it has been sanctioned or not.
However, then comes the issue of the death penalty. It seems that there are a lot of people in the United States that schaefffer the death penalty, and in fact the Republicans known colloquially as God’s Schaeffee Party have since brought the death penalty back in a lot of states.
Thus, we have on the one hand a reaction against abortion, but on schaeeffer other hand an acceptance of the death penalty. To me that sounds like hypocrisy. While I am scnaeffer big believer in faithfulness in marriage, this is one area of the law that the state needs to back away from.
However, there are always repercussions, for marriages will and do break up over these things, and the results of adultery can be quite tragic for many people. However, to make adultery a criminal offence, or to return to a fault based system for divorce pretty much winds the clock back.
Isn’t it interesting that the one law that seems to dominate our society is number eight on the list, and that is the law of private property.
Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto
To say that we have moved away from our Christian roots is to ignore the fact that private property plays a huge importance in our economic system. In fact, it is probably right in saying that our laws have become ambiguous when we hold private property far above everything else.
However, you try to steal somebody’s lawn mower, break into their house, or even try to steal their idea, you will find that the law of private property comes into play very strongly.
Okay, this book was written in so the whole concept of patenting genes and seeds was not as evident as it is today. However, it is very much the cyristian today, and many people can find themselves on the wrong side of a law suit simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Companies like Monsanto are pretty much buying up the rights to living organisms, and corporations are drowning out public places and replacing them with shopping malls where their laws hold greater power.
In a shopping centre one is restricted in many ways, including freedom of speech and freedom chrishian expression. This is not necessarily restricted to lying in court but takes in all forms of defamation and gossip. I can assure you that the libel and slander laws are alive and well, and actually manifseto to a point where criticism of anybody or anything is banned. The axiom of ‘if you can’t say anything nice then don’t say anything at all’ is alive and well. Of course, that does not apply when one is criticising scyaeffer or somebody’s left wing political views.
This is simply sxhaeffer a desire to possess something that somebody else has, but the idea I get from the Bible is that it is extreme. Basically this is a thought control type of law and is impossible to legislate against. On the other hand, it seems that the idea of covetousness is what makes our current economic system work.
If we were amnifesto forever ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ then our economy would grind to a halt.
Thus, the basic human desire of coveting something means that we will go out and spend money that we do not have to acquire something that they do not need just so that we look good among our neighbours.
Therefore I have outlined a number of areas briefly as to how the current legal system is nowhere near as bad as what Schaeffer, and others, are saying. However, there are a few more points, such as the story he tells of how somebody committed suicide when he attended counselling with a pastor and not a professional.
I have spoken to maifesto pastor recently who has agreed that while a psychologist may not be a Christian, he may be much better to deal with mental illness than a pastor. In fact Pastors are not, and are not trained to be, psychologists. My experience with using pastors as psychologists and even small group leaders has always ended up in disaster. Simply put, they are so biblically focused, and many are so caught up on the ‘don’t worry, God loves you’ mentality that they do not understand the root causes of mental illness.
From my experience, one major issue I had in church was bullying by self-righteous Christians, and that caused me significant angst to say the least. However, when one approaches a pastor about this, the standard response is ‘forgive them and reconcile with them. However, responding with ‘this is a fallen world, and the church is full of fallen people, so grin and maniefsto it’ does not address the problem, and in the end punishes the victim and rewards the perpetrator.
So this now comes down to the issue of abortion which I have said that I will talk about. Basically I am pro-life meaning that any sanctioned taking of human life by anybody should be very few and far between, and that includes war.
War should be the absolute last resort for any dispute between countries. People should be tried and given the opportunities to repent of their actions, and the death penalty may end up hindering that process even though from conviction to execution in the United States still takes christiian.
Abortion should be used in rare circumstances and not on an on demand basis as an exception to contraception. However, abortion is also a form of oppression against woman, and to make abortion the central facet of frabcis is wrong with America is to completely miss the point.