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Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation Update

Udo Middelmann and gang have updated the website of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation

Below is an announcement (on their website) for Udo's latest book, titled Christianity versus Fatalistic Religions in the War Against Poverty:

Most literature and many aid efforts concerned with poverty relief and development function on mathematical assumptions. Those who have more should share with those who have less, thus creating equality. Some would add a moral component saying that those having more are morally wrong and must have gained their surplus from outright theft or unfair trade. But on the side of the needy, religious and secular efforts see only a material problem. Both neglect the devastating power of bad ideas based in religion and social customs. Yet what anyone believes about the building blocks of life will have results; their ideas are like eye glasses that either distort or bring into focus an objective reality. Development work must focus on developing people's ideas. Cultural change must precede material changes.  

If this book is anything like the lectures Middelmann has been delivering on this topic, this volume is a must read for anyone concerned about people triumphing over poverty.

That includes the current President of the United States.

The bio page of the website features Edith Schaeffer, for those of you who have asked where she is.

When I first met Nancy, she was living with Debby and Udo in their chalet at Swiss L'Abri.

Anyone who cares about an authentic expression of Christian worldview living and thinking should take a very close look at Middelmann's work.

It continues to be a refreshing and Biblical alternative to various religious marketing machines and utilitarian Big Nameism we witness here Stateside.

Comments

"Some would add a moral component saying that those having more are morally wrong and must have gained their surplus from outright theft or unfair trade." - But this assumes that this is the only moral component (and one I also don't accept; those with more may have worked very hard for it - hard work is neccessary, but not always sufficient, to produce comfort; accident and chance can easily take it all away). But there is another moral viewpoint: that those who have more are very fortunate and blessed, and have a Christian duty to share their blessing - God's blessing - with those less fortunate. Didn't Andrew Carnegie say "To die wealthy is a shameful thing"? - perhaps to live wealthy is, also.

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