Re: Hypostases (was: Natural Order & Belief)

From: Tom Caylor <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2006 13:07:13 -0800

1Z wrote:
> Tom Caylor wrote:
> > One thing Schaeffer did was remind us that the assumptions of nature
> > and cause were foundational to modern science.
> "More prevalent on the Christian Right is the Dominionist idea, shared
> by Reconstructionists, that Christians alone are Biblically mandated to
> occupy all secular institutions until Christ returns -- and there is no
> consensus on when that might be. Dominionist thinking precludes
> coalitions between believers and unbelievers, which is why many
> Christian rightists will have a hard time compromising with some of the
> very same Republicans they recently helped elect. The idea of taking
> dominion over secular society gained widespread currency with the 1981
> publication of evangelical philosopher Francis Schaeffer's book -- A
> Christian Manifesto."
> *that* Schaeffer..?

I'm not going to defend the whole life of Francis Schaeffer, because
that's not needed in order to discuss his thoughts related to this
List. But it's my opinion that people have taken some of his writings
(mainly the more application oriented writings such as A Christian
Manifesto) and used them for their own corrupt purposes (such as
Dominionism IMO!), as can happen with anyone's writings. In fact,
Dominionism goes against the true spirituality that Schaeffer taught,
IMO, in that it puts man at the center (of course Dominionists would
disagree...!). In a way, this is similar to Bruno's warnings that
grabbing for power over others totally invalidates your world view. I
want to assure people here that I don't agree with the Dominionist
idea, and that's certainly not my purpose here.


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