Hefner Native of Chicago Served in Army Finished college in 1949 of U of I Graduate work at Northwestern
Hefner Married 1949 Two children Divorced after ten years Worked at Esquire
Hefner 1953 launched his magazine $8,000 Marilyn Monroe (now owns crypt next to hers) Sold 50,000 copies
Hefner 1960s penned his Playboy Philosophy Argued for hedonistic individualism Railed against what he called Puritan repression
1.Youre View of Man is Wrong Hedonism – pleasure of happiness is the highest good Devotion to pleasure or self-gratification Those who follow it often seek to find it through sensual experience. Hefner certainly has.
1.Youre View of Man is Wrong For him the individual reigns supreme Through reason this person acts in his or her self-interest in an enlightened way. The goal is to pursue happiness
1.Youre View of Man is Wrong For him happiness = pleasure Sex is just part of life Puritanical religion has suppressed that which is natural
1.Youre View of Man is Wrong People are increasingly enlightened so they can begin to throw off the old restraints. No sexual activity for adults should necessarily be condemned. Officially: Children should be protected.
1. Youre View of Man is Wrong You have a faulty anthropology. Neither the Bible nor experience say or show that we can develop an enlightened populace through education. Much evil resides in the heart of man.
1.Youre View of Man is Wrong Man is fallen Romans 3:10-18 Man needs to be remade not reeducated. Culture must have laws to protect the weak and vulnerable.
2.You Have Left Much Destruction In Your Wake Hefner opened the door to the mainstreaming of pornography Photograph invented in 1839 Pornographer entered dictionary in 1850
2.You Have Left Much Destruction In Your Wake Hefner was key in leading the culture to treat sex as recreation Sought to make porn soft or more palatable Used writers to give an air of respectability (Jimmy Carter)
2.You Have Left Much Destruction In Your Wake From a business perspective he was successful Large circulation Took company public
2.You Have Left Much Destruction In Your Wake It is said he now is concerned about his legacy Wants to be remembered as a philanthropist What is his legacy? Destroyed lives
3.Judgment Looms Two things of which he can be sure Hebrews 9:27 He will give an account to a God who has exacting standards Matthew 18:6-7