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Francis Schaeffer was a Christian philosopher author and theologian that was able to incorporate how meanings morals and values where being dealt with by philosophy He was also a well-known evangelist who often spoke to large university and seminary audiences across the country Schaeffer believed that Christians have a responsibility to stand courageously in the midst of a declining and increasingly hostile society In the book Back To Freedom And Dignity Schaeffer basically explains how man is reduced to his genetic makeup and the conditioning of his environment therefore reducing man to a machine He also goes on to state that if man is a product of the impersonal plus time plus chance man is left without intrinsic value and his freedom becomes nothing more than an illusion He believes when we recognize man as he is made in the image of God that he has true intrinsic value and personality and freedom In the first chapters of the book Schaeffer discusses Jacques Monods philosophies Monod a French molecular biologist was responsible for discovering the replication mechanism of genetic material and the manner in which cells synthesize protein Monod argued that mans existence was due to chance and unpredictable mutations and necessity Schaeffer argues if a man lives in such a universe how shall he decide to live p12 The next Topic discussed is a speech made by Dr Francis Crick Dr Crick is one of the scientists who unraveled the DNA code Schaeffer describes Crick as a reductionist which is one who would reduce man from a complex personal being made in the image of God to simply an electro-chemical machine p16 Basically Crick believes that man can be reduced to what Schaeffer refers to as junk Schaeffer goes on to discuss that if he Crick is nothing more than an energy particle therefore he has no intrinsic worth and thus one can disregard human life with abortion on one end and euthanasia on
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