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Christianity in Crisis

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

By David Quine

Image: Harold Lloyd, Safety Last (1923)

"Our spiritual and physical children will be left with the ground cut out from under them,

with no foundation upon which to build their faith or their lives."

Dr. Francis Schaeffer

What was Dr. Schaeffer talking about?

"Unless the Bible is without error, not only when it speaks of salvation matters, but also when it speaks of history and the cosmos, we have no foundation for answering questions concerning the existence of the universe and its form and the uniqueness of man. Nor do we have any moral absolutes, or certainty of salvation, and the next generation of Christians will have nothing on which to stand."

(Schaeffer, 1984, The Great Evangelical Disaster)


".... the next generation ..."

According to Josh McDowell - 

A recent survey reveals that less than 9% of evangelical Christian young people believe all five of these statements:

  1. There is absolute Truth,

  2. The Scriptures are reliable,

  3. Jesus Christ is God,

  4. Jesus is alive today, and

  5. Salvation is by faith alone.

According to the Pew Research Center  -  "Perhaps the most striking trend in American religion in recent years has been the growing percentage of adults who do not identify with a religious group. And the vast majority of these religious “nones” (78%) say they were raised as a member of a particular religion before shedding their religious identity in adulthood."


51% of “religious nones” left because they “question a lot of religious teaching” (Pew Research Center).

What were some of their comments?

  • “I just realized somewhere along the line that I didn’t really believe it.”

  • “Learning about evolution when I went away to college.”

  • “Rational thought makes religion go out the window.

  • “Lack of any sort of scientific or specific evidence of a creator.”

  • “I’m doing a lot more learning, studying and kind of making decisions myself rather than listening to someone else.”

  • (comments made to Pew Research Center survey)

What Are We To Do?

"If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"

(Psalm 11:3)

In order to help rebuild the foundation on which this generation of evangelical Christian young people could stand, in 1984 Shirley and I dedicated our lives to assisting homeschool parents disciple their children by creating Cornerstone Curriculum.

Giving Students Solid Ground on which to Stand

  • Discipling students is the heart of Cornerstone Curriculum.

  • Giving students a solid Biblical basis on which to stand - in all subjects, including history and science. Students learn not only what is true, but why it is true at the deepest levels.

  • Assisting students in learning how to evaluate popular ideas to determine if they are in agreement with the Word of God.

  • Giving students a way of thinking Christianly for a lifetime.


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