A Christian Manifesto by Francis A. Schaeffer
Published by Crossway Books
March 8th 2005
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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 to biblical Truth and by allowing Christ to be Lord in all of life.
It seems like nobody really knew what was happening until it happened. With seemingly lightning speed, court cases, corporate memos, and unexpected political candidates began pushing Judeo-Christian ethics to the outskirts of political discussion. Any perspective that advocated godly sexuality, personal responsibility, or true civil liberty became anathema almost overnight. What is the driving force behind this extreme change and what should Christians do about it? This is the central question that Francis Schaeffer answers in A Christian Manifesto.
Schaeffer begins his manifesto by detailing the core problem of modern day secularism. His special labor is to show that the war between a Godly government and a God-hating government is not waged primarily over each issue, nor even the total sum off all the issues. Rather, the war is won or lost at the worldview level.
The worldview, or ideological starting point, which has pushed much of Western civilization in the past century is the primary cause for the widespread adoption of homosexuality, transgenderism, abortion, and evolution as positive moral facts. When Schaeffer wrote A Christian Manifesto in 1981, many things on this list were just emerging or gaining significant ground in legal battles. But today, we are seeing the inevitable end of the “Material-energy, chance concept of reality” which Schaeffer carefully proves is the culprit behind the moral decay. What we see today is the effect of what Schaeffer prophetically wrote about in A Christian Manifesto.
As any good manifesto must have, Schaeffer includes not merely the problems he sees, but also the solutions. And as the title suggests, these solutions are rooted in the Christian Bible, that is, the Word of God. Schaeffer masterfully navigates the murky waters of civil disobedience, lesser magistrates, and persecution. It is these topics and more that make this book as important today as when it was published in 1981.