Sunday Citation

“If the intrinsically personal origin of the universe is rejected, what alternative outlook can anyone have? It must be said emphatically that there is no final answer except that man is a product of the impersonal, plus time, plus chance. No-one has ever succeeded in finding personality on this basis, though many have tried. It cannot be done. The conclusion that we are the natural products of the impersonal, plus time and chance, is the only one, unless we begin with personality. And no-one has shown how time plus chance can produce a qualitative change from impersonal to personal.

“If this were true, we would be hopelessly caught. But, when the Bible says that man is created in the image of a personal God, it gives us a starting-point. No humanistic system has provided a justification for man to begin with himself. The Bible’s answer is totally unique. At one and the same time it provides the reason why a man may do what he must do, start with himself; and it tells him the adequate reference point, the infinite-personal God. This is in complete contrast to other systems in which man begins with himself, neither knowing why he has a right to begin with from himself, nor in what direction to begin inching along.”

-Francis Schaeffer in Escape from Reason (1968), p. 87

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