Francis Schaeffer on the loss of distinctions

Duncan M. writes:

The battle against homosexuality in the armed forces was lost a long time ago. Francis Schaeffer wrote thirty years ago in “The God Who Is There”:

Philosophic Homosexuality

Some forms of homosexuality today are of a similar nature, in that they are not just homosexuality but a philosophic expression. One must have understanding for the real homophile’s problem. But much modern homosexuality is an expression of the current denial of antithesis. It has led in this case to an obliteration of the distinction between man and woman. So the male and the female as complementary partners are finished. This is a form of homosexuality which is a part of the movement below the line of despair. In much of modern thinking, all antithesis and all the order of God’s creation is to be fought against—including the male-female distinctions. The pressure toward unisex is largely rooted here. But this is not an isolated problem; it is a part of the world-spirit of the generation which surrounds us. It is imperative that Christians realize the conclusions which are being drawn as a result of the death of absolutes.

This is a presuppositional conflict, not merely an issue of political implementation tactics.

If Genesis 1 and 2 are not the philosophical and biological foundations for human form, essence, image and distinction, the battle is lost in the political arena. Scheffer saw this coming a long time ago when he coined the phrase “philosophic homosexuality.” Does one really think that the likes of Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin (and most other “conservatives”) are intellectually prepared for such a spiritual battle? Their minds were lost a long time ago.

LA replies:

Shaeffer’s statement and your followup are good. But to say the battle was already “lost” long ago is not right. I reject that type of easy—or, if I may say so, cheap—defeatism and have always discouraged it at this site.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 05, 2011 10:30 AM | Send

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