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Thursday, June 07, 2007

A Christian Manifesto

By the Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer, considered by many the founder of the "Religious Right." His speech here-- though it doesn't come close to his book-- is a must read.

This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It is based on one of his books, which bears the same title.

Christians, in the last 80 years or so, have only been seeing things as bits and pieces which have gradually begun to trouble them and others, instead of understanding that they are the natural outcome of a change from a Christian World View to a Humanistic one; things such as overpermissiveness, pornography, the problem of the public schools, the breakdown of the family, abortion, infanticide (the killing of newborn babies), increased emphasis upon the euthanasia of the old and many, many other things.

All of these things and many more are only the results. We may be troubled with the individual thing, but in reality we are missing the whole thing if we do not see each of these things and many more as only symptoms of the deeper problem. And that is the change in our society, a change in our country, a change in the Western world from a Judeo-Christian consensus to a Humanistic one. That is, instead of the final reality that exists being the infinite creator God; instead of that which is the basis of all reality being such a creator God, now largely, all else is seen as only material or energy which has existed forever in some form, shaped into its present complex form only by pure chance.

I want to say to you, those of you who are Christians or even if you are not a Christian and you are troubled about the direction that our society is going in, that we must not concentrate merely on the bits and pieces. But we must understand that all of these dilemmas come on the basis of moving from the Judeo-Christian world view -- that the final reality is an infinite creator God -- over into this other reality which is that the final reality is only energy or material in some mixture or form which has existed forever and which has taken its present shape by pure chance.


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2 Comments:

Anonymous Christine said...

Dear Daniel,
Bravo on finding such a brilliant and poignant speech! Dr. Schaeffer's message is searing, as usual. He asks, "Where have the Bible-believing Christians been in the last 40 years?" The question still remains for this generation as well.

June 08, 2007 11:08 AM  
Blogger Daniel Christianson said...

Thanks for the support, Christine. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

June 08, 2007 11:50 AM  

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