Nikita over at Chessalee, who is probably the first person from another hemisphere to post on my blog, has tagged me. The tag works like this. You take the nearest book- which has to have at least 123 pages or more…and then you open your book on page 123 and count 6 lines from the top and copy down lines 6, 7 and 8.
Since the nearest book to me at the time of the tag was one of my kids’ math workbooks, I will choose one of the books I was reading yesterday. This is Volume 2 of The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer. I have been reading Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History, which is in this volume, to prepare the Sunday School class I am teaching on the Book of Joshua.
Page 123 of this volume is from the book “No Final Conflict.” It is from the beginning of Chapter 2, which is The Unity of the Book of Genesis. Here are the lines:
“But it also follows that no studies can verify them. In short, there is no reason to accept the upper-story religious things either. The upper-story religious things only become a quarry out of which to have our own personal, subjective, existential, religious experience. ”
Francis Schaeffer’s point, which is only partly evident in this short quote, is that if you try to get a “religious” message out of the book of Genesis without accepting the “historical” information that is there, there is no reason to believe that the religious ideas that you get exist anywhere outside of your own head.
Francis Schaeffer was a highly influential teacher and the founder of L’Abri Fellowship.