Francis Schaeffer Quotes

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Francis Schaeffer Quotes

Certainly every Christian ought to be praying and working to nullify the abominable abortion law. But as we work and pray, we should have in mind not only this important issue as though it stood alone. Rather, we should be struggling and praying that this whole other total entity "(this godless) worldview" can be rolled back with all its results across all of life.
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We must not only be True. We must be Beautiful.

— Francis Schaeffer

God has ordained the state as a delegated authority; it is not autonomous. The state is to be an agent of justice, to restrain evil by punishing the wrongdoer, and to protect the good in society. When it does the reverse, it has no proper authority. It is then a usurped authority and as such it becomes lawless and is tyranny.

— Francis Schaeffer

The purpose of apologetics is not just to win an argument or a discussion, but that people with whom we are in contact may become Christians and then live under the Lordship of Christ in the whole spectrum of life.

— Francis Schaeffer

If one starts with an impersonal beginning, the answer to morals eventually turns out to be the assertion that there are no morals.

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If God exists and we are made in his image we can have real meaning, and we can have real knowledge through what he has communicated to us.

— Francis Schaeffer

If I'm going to be in the right relationship with God, I should treat the things he has made in the same way he treats them.

— Francis Schaeffer

Modern man has no real "value" for the ocean. All he has is the most crass form of egoist, pragmatic value for it. He treats it as a "thing" in the worst possible sense, to exploit it for the "good" of man. The man who believes things are there only by chance cannot give things a real value. But for the Christian the value of a thing is not in itself autonomously, but because God made it.

— Francis Schaeffer

Humanism is not wrong in its cry for sociological healing, but humanism is not producing it.

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Christianity believes that God has created an external world that is really there; and because He is a reasonable God, one can expect to be able to find the order of the universe by reason.

— Francis Schaeffer

People drift from generation to generation, and the morally unthinkable becomes thinkable as the years move on.

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Reality is not meant to be only creedal, though the creeds are important. Reality is to be experienced, and experienced on the basis of a restored relationship with God through that finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.

— Francis Schaeffer

The value of the things is not in themselves autonomously, but that God made them, and thus they deserve to be treated with high respect. The tree in the field is to be treated with respect. It is not to be romanticized as the old lady romanticizes her cat (that is, she reads human reactions into it). This is wrong because it is not true. When you drive the axe into the tree when you need firewood, you are not cutting down a person; you are cutting down a tree. But while we should not romanticize the tree, we must realize God made it and it deserves respect because He made is as a tree.

— Francis Schaeffer

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