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A Christian Manifesto Paperback – March 8, 2005
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"Schaeffer was right. Today, we need leaders who can show us how to operate . . . in a way that does not neglect or enshrine politics. We need to discern which behaviors by Christians are helpful . . . and which are not."
—Marvin Olasky, Editor in Chief, World Magazine
"When I went to L'Abri many years ago as an agnostic, it was the first time I encountered Christians who engaged with the cultural and intellectual world. A leader distinguished by his integrity and authenticity, Francis Schaeffer shows how the richness of biblical truth illuminates the course of history as well as our individual lives."
—Nancy Pearcey, Author, Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from Its Cultural Captivity
"I can think of no one who has had more impact on evangelical theology and social policy in the last three decades than Francis Schaeffer. Dr. Schaeffer had enormous influence on a whole generation of baby-boomer evangelicals, calling us to engagement with society and inspiring us to be the salt and light that Jesus commanded. The culmination of Schaeffer's call for the church to be the church were How Should We Then Live? and A Christian Manifesto. We all owe Dr. Schaeffer an incalculable debt."
—Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
"Go to any evangelical Christian gathering . . . and ask twenty people the simple question: 'What single person has most affected your thinking and your worldview?' If Francis Schaeffer doesn't lead the list of answers, and probably by a significant margin, I'd ask for a recount."
—Joel Belz, Founder, World magazine
About the Author
Recognized internationally for his work in Christianity and culture, Francis A. Schaeffer authored more than twenty books, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L'Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. Schaeffer passed away in 1984, but his influence and legacy continue worldwide.
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This book lived up to its reputation--it is very insightful. It is very introspective and deals with a lot of issues and problems pertaining to our society. It shows how in some ways Christians have not compreheneded the nature of the battle and have lost some ground. A must read for the Christian who wants to fight humanism in our society.
My father was an evangelist and I remember him mentioning Dr. Francis Schaeffer but never thought anything about it. But I remembered the name. I am currently on deployment and I had the privilege of being introduced to Dr. Schaeffer by watching his "How Then Shall We Live" film series. They were still on VHS! Otherwise, I was amazed by Dr. Schaeffer's wisdom in what he saw coming and what in history he based his findings on how a lack fo Christ and His principles has collapsed the greatest of societies. The parallels of the Roman Empire and what's happening in the United States is shocking. BUT Dr. Schaffer points out, that it is not too late. Eventually, Dr. Schaeffer furthered my enlightenment into my faith in Christ. Thus, it lead me to purchase of "A Christian Manifesto."
This book can be read by itself but since I was able to listen to Dr. Schaeffer speak in "How Then Shall We Live," it brought a little more clarity. The book is a short read but that is what it is suppose to be. Dr. Schaeffer points out that Humanism is the cause in the denigration of our society. But unlike most books that tell a problem Dr. Schaeffer actually gives us a solution, to return to the principles of Christ. Even though this was published in 1981 (the year I was born) it is VERY relevant to the 21st Century.
As I said, I went through two highlighters and to finish my review this is one of the highlights:
"The humanists push for 'freedom,' but having no Christian consensus to contain it, that "freedom" leads to chaos or to slavery under the state (or under an elite). Humanism, with its lack of ANY final base for values or law, always leads to chaos. It then naturally leads to some form of authoritarianism to control the chaos."
That is exactly how socialism has seized control of a nation from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia to the attempts by Occupy Wall Street.
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