Francis Schaeffer

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"Every man has built a roof over his head to shield himself at the point of tension… The Christian lovingly, must remove the shelter and allow the truth of the external world and of what man is to beat upon him.” - Francis Schaeffer. [1]

Francis August Schaeffer (January 30, 1912 – May 15, 1984[2]) was a theologian, author and lecturer who spoke boldly in defense of the doctrine of biblical inerrancy and as God's absolute truth.[3] In addition, his books give a Christian worldview of philosophy, culture, the church, and society as a whole. He made an impact in his time intellectually - one that still has lingering effects on people today.[3]

In 1955, Francis and Edith founded L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland. L’Abri is French for “the shelter.” Today, the L'Abri Fellowship has branches in Australia, Canada, England, Holland, Korea, Massachusetts, Minnesota, as well as Switzerland.[4] According to the L'Abri website, "The L'Abri communities are study centers in Europe, Asia and America where individuals have the opportunity to seek answers to honest questions about God and the significance of human life. L'Abri believes that Christianity speaks to all aspects of life."[5]

According to Michael Hamilton of Christianity Today, "Perhaps no intellectual save C. S. Lewis affected the thinking of evangelicals more profoundly [than Francis Schaeffer]; perhaps no leader of the period save Billy Graham left a deeper stamp on the movement as a whole."[3]

Schaeffer's "taking the roof off" method of apologetics

See: Francis Schaeffer's "taking the roof off" method of apologetics

Selected Works

Escape From Reason (1968)

The God Who Is There (1968)

Death In The City (1969)

The Church At The End Of The Twentieth Century (1970)

The Mark Of A Christian (1970)

Pollution And The Death Of Man (1970)

The Church Before The Watching World (1971)

True Spirituality (1971)

Basic Bible Studies (1972)

Genesis In Space And Time (1972)

He Is There And He Is Not Silent (1972)

The New Super Spirituality (1972)

Art And The Bible (1973)

Back To Freedom And Dignity (1973)

Everybody Can Know (1973)

No Little People (1974)

Two Contents, Two Realities (1974)

Ash Heap Lives (1975)

Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History (1975)

No Final Conflict (1975)

How Should We Then Live? (1976)

Whatever Happened To The Human Race? (1979)

A Christian Manifesto (1981)

Helf den Christen im Sowjetblock! (1983)

Who Is for Peace? (1983)

The Great Evangelical Disaster (1984)

Who Is for Life? (1984)


  1. Sunday Quote: Francis Schaeffer Takes the Roof Off
  2. PCA Historical Center: Francis A. Schaeffer Papers. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Dissatisfaction of Francis Schaeffer. Christianity Today (March 3, 1997). Retrieved on April 2, 2016.
  4. (retrieved Sept. 27, 2020)
  5. (retrieved Sept, 27, 2020)

External links

  • [1] Francis Schaeffer
  • [2] L'Abri Fellowship web page