Francis Schaeffer’s 14 Great Quotes

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On Christianity

Our relationship with each other is the criterion the world uses to judge whether our message is truthful – Christian community is the final apologetic.

Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.

If we do not show love to one another, the world has a right to question whether Christianity is true.

If Christians win a battle by using worldly means, they have really lost.

Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought-forms of that setting.

Christianity is the greatest intellectual system the mind of man has ever touched.

One of the greatest injustices we do to our young people is to ask them to be conservative. Christianity is not conservative, but revolutionary.

The great distinction of a true Christian is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. How careful should he be, lest anything in his thoughts or feelings would be offensive to the Divine Guest.

On Art

Art is a reflection of God’s creativity, an evidence that we are made in the image of God.

No work of art is more important than the Christian’s life, and every Christian is called to be an artist in this sense… The Christian’s life is to be a thing of truth and also a thing of beauty in the midst of a lost and despairing world.

He who loses the arts loses the culture.

On Others

Man, made in the image of God, has a purpose – to be in relationship to God, who is there. Man forgets his purpose and thus he forgets who he is and what life means.

And the purpose of our creation, in which all our subsidiary purposes fit, is to be in a personal relationship to God, in communion with him, in love, by choice, the creature before the Creator.

The beginning of men’s rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart.