From the Fall, 1989 issue of Touchstone
Is <title>Francis Schaeffer’s Double-Edged Ethic by Peggy J. Haslar

Francis Schaeffer’s Double-Edged Ethic

by Peggy J. Haslar

Though we may desire with all our hearts to “speak the truth in love,” a look at any two Christian groups in conflict will prove how difficult this commandment is to practice. It is the orthodox Christian’s dilemma: how is an uncompromising defense of the Christian faith maintained, without appearing to belittle those outside it? Why is conviction so often equated with lack of love, while the “peacemakers” among us hesitate to confront heresy at all? Francis August Schaeffer (1912–1984) was one who spoke unequivocally for both the practice of purity within the church, and the simultaneous practice of love. The man who summed up his message in the phrase, “the . . .


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