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A Christian Manifesto and Pollution and the Death of Man by Francis A. Schaeffer
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Mar 06, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: political, theology
Read in March, 2011

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 Lordship of Christ, but upon itself.

He then moves into what the Christian response to this should be. He makes a historical case for civil disobedience, pointing to men like Wesley, Finney, Knox, and especially Samuel Rutherford (and his Lex Rex).

Having justified civil disobedience, he explains what it should look like. First, the individual Christian must protest (lawsuits, sit-ins, etc.) Second, in the case of the first step failing, the individual Christian must flee (although he acknowledges this is more difficult than it was in Rutherford's day). Third, in the case of step two failing or being impossible, the individual Christian must resist (through refusal to submit and the defensive use of force). Examples for this include refusal to pay taxes, and refusal to disobey God's Law (as in, providing your children with a Christian education, should that be banned.) In the case of institutions, like the Church, fleeing is impossible, and so they can only protest or resist.

He makes two phenomenal points.

1. God is the center of all things, and therefore the foundation for Law and Freedom. Thus, Christians have a basis for freedom and for disobedience.

The "humanists, having no god, must put something at the center, and it is inevitable society, government, or the state."

2. Christians must resist tyranny, because to not do so is resist God (and the Liberty He offers).

"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."

I highly recommend this book, especially if politics is your game.
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