What matters for our purpose is television’s influence on American discourse and therefore its pressure on the Christian mind. However much television we watch—from little or none to too much—it is now so omnipresent in society that its biases need continued vigilance. Continue reading
Certainly organizations calling themselves ‘Christian’ have often had deleterious and even disastrous effects on human society. But such movements have clearly diverged at least as far from the gospel of Christ as they have from the restraints of common morality. Sheep ought not to be judged by the actions of wolves who wear wool.
— Thomas Morris, quoted in Without a Doubt by Kenneth Richard Samples, kindle location 2363
Since oppression and mayhem are neither religious duties for Christians nor logical applications of the teachings of Christ, violence done in the name of Christ cannot be laid at his door. This conduct might tell you something about people. It tells you nothing about God or the gospel.
— Greg Koukl, from Tactics, kindle location 2702
As for myself, I can’t say, it would be impossible for me to say, that at that point I believed or that at that point I disbelieved. I just struggled along feeling from the beginning convinced of one thing, which I think perhaps is the basic nature of a religious faith, that in this world I am a stranger. I don’t belong here. I am staying here for a bit and it’s a very nice place, an interesting place, but I don’t belong here.
— Malcolm Muggeridge, from The End of Christendom, p. 28
Christians should view themselves as mere beggars, graciously and humbly telling other beggars where to find bread.
— Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 860
We are talking about real truth, and not something vaguely religious which seems to work psychologically…. We are talking about real guilt before God…. We are talking … about real history, that the death of Jesus was not just an ideal or a symbol, but a fact of space and time…. Until he understands the importance of these three things, he is not ready to become a Christian.
— Francis Schaeffer, quoted in Ambassador’s Guide to Postmodernism by Greg Koukl, p. 58
The Christian answer begins by saying that man is a moral creature made in the image of the Creator; that there is a law in the universe which, if broken, means that man is culpable. In this view, man is morally significant both as far as God is concerned and as far as his fellow men are concerned.
— Francis Schaeffer, from The God Who Is There, p. 105
Cultures can be judged in many ways, but eventually every nation in every age must be judged by this test: how did it treat people? Each generation, each wave of humanity, evaluates its predecessors on this basis. The final measure of mankind’s humanity is how humanely people treat one another.
— Francis Schaeffer, quoted in Great Divides by Ronald Nash, p. 19
In a world without God, there can be no objective right and wrong, only our culturally and personally relative, subjective judgments. This means that it is impossible to condemn war, oppression, or crime as evil. Nor can one praise brotherhood, equality, and love as good. For in a universe without God, good and evil do not exist—there is only the bare valueless fact of existence, and there is no one to say you are right and I am wrong.
— William Lane Craig