Letter From Hank

Hank HanegraaffApril 2017

Dear CRI Partner:

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Those are sobering words. Words every thinking Christian should soberly ponder.

Although relevant to every generation, they are perhaps particularly poignant given our increasingly “post-truth” culture.

And particularly dangerous given that more and more Americans seem to know almost everything about the last 24 hours and virtually nothing about the last 240 years.

Let me put it bluntly given what’s at stake:

Historical amnesia can be deadly.
Especially when morality is one of the things forgotten.

So grave are the potential consequences of the death of objective morality that C.S. Lewis raised the haunting specter of the potential “abolition of man.” So compelling were Lewis’s insights that his book of that title, The Abolition of Man, is recognized as one of the most important books of the 20th Century.

But did Lewis get it right?

In the current edition of the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, philosophy professor Adam C. Pelser provides an update in his article The Abolition of Man Today”:

Nearly 75 years after the publication of The Abolition of Man mankind has not been abolished in the way Lewis foresaw, at least not yet. Nevertheless, the book’s prophetic warning is no less important and applicable today than it was in Lewis’s own day, especially in light of the current tenuousness of moral knowledge and recent developments in biotechnology.

He goes on to say,

“If we are to forestall the abolition of man that Lewis envisioned, we must reject moral subjectivism and learn to speak the truth of the natural moral law in love.” (italics added)

Pelser warns that “unless our society resists the pseudo-scientific and politically correct appeal of subjectivism” and opposes the “moral miseducation” rampant in society, the prognosis is bleak:

[T]he central thesis of “The Abolition of Man” is that if our society continues to reject the possibility of moral knowledge we will be left morally rudderless and immanently impressionable, for “a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.” Blind to the life-giving light of the moral law, mankind will, in the end, be led to its death by the base, animalistic appetites of a small class of powerful individuals – “the Conditioners.”

While I’ll encourage you to read the article in its entirety, permit me to expand on the convictions professor Pelser expresses in the quote above:

“If we are to forestall the nightmarish consequences of the death of truth,
we must reject ignorance and false knowledge
and learn to speak the truth in love.”

That, in a nutshell, is the thrust behind the CHRISTIAN RESEARCH JOURNAL, a vital outreach of CRI. And JOURNAL subscribers have been the very fuel of this strategic outreach for decades now.

You see, as truth and morality are under siege on multiple fronts, our aim isn’t merely to understand the truth. It’s to speak the truth to a society that will die a slow and certain death once the life-giving light of truth is extinguished.

That’s where JOURNAL subscribers and our financial partners come in.
And why JOURNAL readers and our ministry partners are so vital
as we seek to stem the deadly assaults on truth and life.

In the hope that you’ll help to strengthen and expand the JOURNAL’s impact and CRI’s ministry reach in the process, I’ll ask you to consider a special gift today.

You may even want to consider making a gift subscription to the JOURNAL: to your pastor, a family member, or to a friend or colleague. To help grow an apologetics “army” that can faithfully and courageously stand for biblical truth and values and against the erosion of morality that endangers our future as believers.

In fact, I’d like to send you a copy of the current issue and ask that once you’ve read it, consider passing it along to a friend…

To provide just a sneak peek of the articles in the current issue of the JOURNAL, I’ve enclosed an insert. Please take just a moment to review some of the “cherries” I’ve picked from some great content.

On the back of this page I’ve enclosed excerpts from just a few testimonies from JOURNAL subscribers. I think they provide a glimpse of the impact that the Journal is having and how that influence is undergirding evangelism even secular strongholds like Japan.

To make a real difference in the lives we touch with your support, and to receive your copy of this issue, simply visit our resource page, and make your tax-deductible gift today.

Your gift will immediately help to undergird CRI’s “24/7” equipping outreaches that are changing minds and lives around the globe.

As I noted in my last letter, whether you choose to add this key resource to your apologetics and witnessing toolkit or share the JOURNAL as a gift, please know that it’s your support that enables CRI to place vast amounts of mind-changing and life-changing in the hands and hearts of Christians here at home and abroad.

For the difference your prayers and financial partnership make in “turning on the lights” and helping to dispel the encroaching darkness of moral subjectivism and relativism, I’m deeply grateful.

Please know that your partnership matters, not only to me personally, but to all those touched by the ministry you help to make possible.

Because Life and Truth matter…


P.S. George Bernard Shaw once said, “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.” In our increasingly secular and politically correct society where fake knowledge has had a long running start on “fake news,” the priority we should place on knowing and speaking the truth in love has never been greater.


More Questions and Answers with Hank

Swirling Issues, NRB TV, and Q&A

Facing the Challenges, and Q&A

The Abolition of Man Today

Best of BAM: Have I “Left the Christian Faith” and Q&A

The Sanctity of Life and Q&A

The Death, Burial, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus, and Q&A

Allah of Islam, The God of the Bible, and Q&A

Mercy, Truth, and Q&A

Jesus’ Death, Burial, Resurrection, and Q&A

Best of BAM: Sounding the Alarm and Q&A

Encore: The Week that Changed the World with Paul Maier

Have I “Left the Christian Faith” and Q&A

Jesus Cleansing the Temple and Q&A

The Body of Christ, Denominations, and Q&A

Islamic Terrorism, Persecuted Christians, and Q&A