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The Destruction of Faith and Freedom, Part 3 (A Christian Manifesto Today #16)

  • Apr 12 / 2017
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A Christian Manifesto Today

The Destruction of Faith and Freedom, Part 3 (A Christian Manifesto Today #16)


Our Christian Manifesto Today passage from the Word of God today is 2 Corinthians 10:5 which reads: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Our Christian Manifesto Today quote today is from C.S. Lewis. He said: “A Christian society is not going to arrive until most of us really want it: and we are not going to want it until we become fully Christian. I may repeat “Do as you would be done by” till I am black in the face, but I cannot really carry it out till I love my neighbour as myself: and I cannot learn to love my neighbour as myself till I learn to love God: and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him. And so, as I warned you, we are driven on to something more inward – driven on from social matters to religious matters.”

In this podcast, we are using as our text: “A Christian Manifesto” by Francis A. Schaeffer.Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer writes on “The Destruction of Faith and Freedom” (Part 3):

Will Durant and his wife Ariel together wrote The Story of Civilization. The Durants received the 1976 Humanist Pioneer Award. In The Humanist magazine of February 1977, Will Durant summed up the humanist problem with regard to personal ethics and social order: “Moreover, we shall find it no easy task to mold a natural ethic strong enough to maintain moral restraint and social order without the support of supernatural consolations, hopes, and fears.”

Poor Will Durant! It is not just difficult, it is impossible. He should have remembered the quotation he and Ariel Durant gave from the agnostic Renan in their book The Lessons of History. According to the Durants, Renan said in 1866: “If Rationalism wishes to govern the world without regard to the religious needs of the soul, the experience of the French Revolution is there to teach us the consequences of such a blunder.” And the Durants themselves say in the same context: “There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.”

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