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A Christian Manifesto and Pollution and the Death of Man (Order No. 1133)

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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 returnin

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Tony Smith
Sep 18, 2013 Tony Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this work more than once. Schaeffer's basic arguments and philosophy hold up well over time. I would say his thoughts and logic are being proven correct by present culture and circumstances. Cultural and political changes do not make truth untruthful. They simply make identifying true truth more difficult to discern due to all of the verbal and other detritus used to try to hide the truth. Schaeffer does a good job separating truth from the clutter.
Gus Stevens
Dec 24, 2012 Gus Stevens rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
This "manifesto" is the philosophical justification for the Moral Majority that seemed plausible in the 80s but, when read in 2012, the parochial and selective nostalgia of the book becomes quite obvious. The author pines for a religious revival that will manifest itself in the American legal system, particularly in reference to abortion, but he refuses to concede that what he is advocating is a theocratic system or in any way an establishment of a state religion.

In fact, Schaeffer would prefer
Patrick S.
Jun 14, 2013 Patrick S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first taste of Schaeffer and I liked what I got pretty much. To be fair the book is a bit dated as it is commententing on 1982 political themes and situations. But the influx of humanism was starting to peak in the 1980s and we can see today the political climate and world view of the state and humanism from when it peaked.

This was my first political book that started with a worldview assumption. The worldview here being of Christianity. Schaeffer makes his point for Christianity (of
Gregory Soderberg
Excellent! Prophetic (written in 1981).

From the beginning: "The basic problem of the Christians in this country in the last eighty years or so, in regard to society and in regard to government, is that they have seen things in bits and pieces instead of totals."

Shows how the secular, humanist worldview is antithetical to the Christian worldview, and demonstrates the moral, political, and legal consequences which flow from each worldview.
Apr 28, 2013 Eric rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that book was the opposite of worthwhile.

I have GOT to stop adding books to my "to read" list based only on an interesting title!

While I'm at it, I'll go ahead and remove any other Francis Schaeffer books lying in wait on that ominous list...
John Yelverton
Mar 04, 2012 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read that is sadly necessary to combat those who downplay this belief instead of respecting it as a legitimate philosophy on life.
Feb 05, 2008 Larry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
if taken to its logical conclusion, we'd be blowing up abortion clinics behind pat robertson riding a white steed
M.G. Bianco
Mar 06, 2011 M.G. Bianco rated it really liked it
Shelves: political, theology
I read this book on the recommendation of a friend, and am thoroughly impressed.

Schaeffer starts out by making the case for why we need a manifesto. Namely, that the Christian worldview has been supplanted in this country, in the west even, by the humanist (or what he regularly calls the material-energy, chance worldview). As a result, the freedoms we once had because of the Christian worldview foundation are being lost. They are being lost because the humanist worldview depends not on the Lords
David Sarkies
May 03, 2014 David Sarkies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody Really
Recommended to David by: Some guy at church
Shelves: christian
A typical rant about the collapse of American moral society
1 June 2013

After reading the first couple of chapters of this book I have come to understand why it is that Schaeffer's son has broken with the groups that his father was involved in and moved over to the Christian Left. While I do generally like Schaeffer's writings, and also his ability to connect with people from various backgrounds, this book, at first, felt like a rant against the direction that US society is heading, and in partic
Bob Ladwig
Dec 11, 2010 Bob Ladwig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People have mixed feeling about this book, I think because most Christians have a rather mechanical view of Romans 13 and the relation between the Christian and the state. It seems most Christians apply Rom 13 rather woodenly and fail to contextualize both Paul's day and ours. Schaeffer points out that the grounds for Christian disobedience to the state is much greater than just preaching issues and this is where most Christian wince. I found the book extremely helpful in forming and understandi ...more
Jun 27, 2008 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: citizens, Christians
This is a good book for anyone wondering how a Christian is to interact with the government. In some ways, it is dated because it was written in the early 80's, but it is amazing how much of what he discusses is coming to fruition.

I would recommend this book to everyone who is looking for a balanced understanding of how a Christian is duty bound to support and hold their government accountable.
Jan 26, 2016 E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Schaeffer gets it right. How can the United States of America hope to continue to be a beacon of freedom if the underlying presuppositions and theological commitments underlying the expressions of freedom in the 18th century are no longer embraced by the body politic. It cannot. It will not. That is, not unless the Lord is pleased to move through those who understand where the dignity of every individual and his fundamental, unalienable rights come from. Schaeffer writes to stir up such men and ...more
Dec 24, 2010 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
I read this book in college and it was horrible. The writing was bad, the arguments lacked logical cohesion. I agreed with a lot of his positions (although not all), but the tone, style, diction, and syntax made it all but unreadable.
Feb 03, 2009 Patrick marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm not sure if I'll like this book or not, so I'm a little nervous to read it. :-) It was, however, only 50 cents at Goodwill, so I figure it was a bargain. ;-)
Aug 04, 2012 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is more of a call to action than his previous titles which I would characterize more as analysis and insight. Sure do miss his voice.
Michael Vincent
I read this book many years ago. It is basically a response to the Humanist Manifesto written back in 1933, but being carried out all the more pervasively in our culture today. Schaeffer was prophetic in many of his declarations, including this one. The snowball is picking up steam as it roles down the slope of humanism. He makes many statements which are so applicable today such as "Christianity is not just a series of truths but Truth- Truth about all of reality." and "...liberal theology is o ...more
Josiah DeGraaf
Not a bad book, but it seemed overall to be a rather simple look at the issue of how Christians should interact politically in an increasingly-secular society and I didn't glean all that much from it. He did do a fairly good job of showing how the worldview behind secular society is fundamentally at odds with Christianity, and his section on civil disobedience was also a very careful and helpful look at the issue, and so both of those parts were helpful. But overall, there simply wasn't much mea ...more
Douglas Wilson
May 29, 2009 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Also read in December of 1981.
Jun 24, 2013 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall A Christian Manifesto is a decent book. Throughout Schaeffer states that the Christian worldview is incompatible with the humanist-materialist position since the former has a place for freedom while the latter does not. He also warns us that the inevitable outcome of the humanist-materialist stance will be a totalitarian regime where an elite will arbitrarily produce laws and govern society. The media already favours this arbitrary stance since it already allows unfounded statements abou ...more
Jacob Aitken
Nov 25, 2011 Jacob Aitken rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to critique Schaeffer, given the man's love for the lost and for culture. I will focus much of my critique on Schaeffer's political ethic expressed in A Christian Manifesto. Here Schaeffer, following Samuel Rutherford, argues that when Caesar goes beyond his authority Christians are to, in increasing levels of intensity and in this order: 1) protest in the public square, 2) flee to different lands, and finally 3) resist by armed force led by the lesser civil magistrate. I can critique ...more
The book is interesting, the quality of writing uninspiring, the content enlightening, encouraging, and astute, but not often so. Reviewers would do well to make application of a book’s index if it has one, as Schaeffer’s does, before making assertions indicating they either did not read the book, did not understand the book, or have an ax to grind regardless of what the book says. Happy days.

To wit, regarding Schaeffer's alleged support of a theocracy:

“First, we must make definite that we are i
Aug 08, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Francis Schaeffer presents a militant Christianity in this little book, written in 1981, three years before he died. Christians, he writes, must be prepared to engage in civil disobedience when the government acts against God's law. But there is never a place for anarchy, he adds.
Schaeffer particularly calls for Christians to take action to stop abortion.
"The dignity of human life is unbreakably linked to the existence of the personal-infinite God," he writes. "It is because there is a personal-
Sep 23, 2015 Animal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Christian Manifesto" was inspiring to me in that it motivated me to be more involved and engaged with society not only in an evangelistic way but also in regard to social justice. Our church has jumped on the "social justice" bandwagon and I love it. I think all churches should fight for what is right and help protect those that cannot protect themselves. Something Francis Schaeffer espoused in this great book.
Karen L.
Jul 21, 2008 Karen L. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
I found this book though it was written in the 80's to seem to be very relevant for today. Schaeffer was a wise man who saw the rise of Humanism in the American culture as a danger to our religious freedoms and a danger to our Christian world view. Perhaps he is one of the early Christian philosophers of our century to speak of this term " world view." He seemed to be called by God in his latter years to warn America of what freedoms we could loose if we did not wake up spiritually. Europe has l ...more
Brandon Bellinghausen
Very good.

Some people call Schaeffer a prophet. I think he just understood that bad ideas lead to poor decisions.
Will Mead
Sep 18, 2015 Will Mead rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: september-2015
Schaeffer's prophetic words hold true thirty-five years later. In 2015, when the bedrock of religious liberty is attacked and the Christian world view is losing ground, the central message of this book is a challenge as real as ever. Very helpful, especially for Christians, in understanding the world view shift in American culture.
Oct 09, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good and readable book introducing the Christian's duty to resist tyranny through "teaching, life, and action."
Jan 28, 2009 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, politics
A little dated by its situation within the 1980s American zeitgeist.
But some key points survive well - especially his treatment of worldview, and the universality of faith in something for all humans, whether acknowledged or not.

It was good to go back to the source, but a lot of more current Christian writers have done a great job at incorporating his ideas and bringing them into light - ie Tim Keller, Chuck Colson...

I still want to think more about the constructs Schaffer sets up for thinking a
Jan 07, 2016 Harry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
part of research on 2nd Amendment. Also, a re-read.
Feb 13, 2016 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
All I can ask is, "What Happened?"
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Francis August Schaeffer was an American Evangelical Christian theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor. He is most famous for his writings and his establishment of the L'Abri community in Switzerland. Opposed to theological modernism, Schaeffer promoted a more historic Protestant faith and a presuppositional approach to Christian apologetics which he believed would answer the questions of ...more
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“The basic problem of the Christians in this country in the last eighty years or so, in regard to society and in regard to government, is that they have seen things in bits and pieces instead of totals.” 21 likes
“If there is no final place for civil disobedience, then the government has been made autonomous, and as such, it has been put in the place of the living God.” 12 likes
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