Christian Manifesto - Audiobook: Unabridged Audio CD – Audiobook, Jan 1 2007
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Now . . . it has come to pass. Many today will read this book and have trouble believing that Schaeffer's world ever existed. To others, Schaeffer's words will seem as if they were penned only yesterday. Some will probably call him immoral. Others will call him a prophet. He is certainly politically incorrect.
And all of this change happened in the span of about 20 years. This book was penned in 1981. You owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this book and look around at the change that has happened to society. It is sobering.
Schaeffer wrote his Christian Manifesto as an antithesis to the Communist Manifesto. He imagined the logical progression of a world built upon a morality other than God. Imagine if you will, what a world would be like if the government totally removed God as the basis for law and morality. It might be like a snowball rolling down a long hill with nothing to stop it. What would be the results way down the hill into the far future? How could the snowball ever be stopped once it reached critical mass? How long before it reached critical mass? How should Christians react to this changing world?
With these good points, I must point out that some of his historical analysis, with regard to the Reformation, is definitely faulty. He tries to point out how political activism of the Reformers insured the success of the Reformation in Northern European nations. Then he tries to tie it to peaceful (to an extent) anti-abortion activism. His historical analysis is so scant because he probably wouldn't want to point out that the reason the Reformation was successful in those countries because the reformers themselves promised a select group of nobles absolute power and free reign to loot Catholic lands. Once the rulers were in the hands of the reformers they could enforce whatever they wanted to.
Despite flaws like this felt that overall it was a good, thought provoking read.
Equally interesting is Schaeffer's discussion of a Christian's proper response to government, the basis of a government's authority, and the Christian response to government that usurps it's authority. In all of these discussions Schaeffer undergirds his arguments with the ultimate reality of God and the implications of this reality.
I found myself uncomfortable at times as I made my way through this book because I came at it from a liberal Christian perspective. However uncomfortable I felt, I found his arguments difficult to deny.
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I highly recommend this work.
It is similar to other Schaeffer works, that is to say, exceptional, brilliant, thought-provoking. Read more
Francis Schaeffer is a great author. That is why I bought this book.
This book lived up to its reputation--it is very insightful. Read more
This book is not only for God-fearing Christians, but was written also for the relativistic humanists. Some of Schaeffer's points made me jump out of my seat. Read morePublished on March 20 2002 by Andy Shafer
A synthesis of western political theory and governments.
I very much agree with the previous reviewer and would like to add something more. Read more
Here we have Schaeffer again, but this time without a hidden agenda, but with overt nakedness. The fundamentalist has come out. Read morePublished on June 19 2001
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