Dr. Douglas Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy at Denver Seminary, recently reviewed Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America by Barry Hankins and Francis Schaeffer: An Authentic Life by Colin Duriez.
Groothuis urges Christians – both young and old – to read more of and about Francis Schaeffer to learn from his life of authenticity, piety, truth, and courage. In speaking of Schaeffer’s apologetic approach, he writes:
“[His] writings always engaged humans as cultural and individual beings, not disembodied intellects; hence, his emphasis on painting, music, architecture, and literature as revealing the conditions of non-Christian individuals and cultures. Further, Schaeffer was renowned for his ability to make Christianity pertinent in one-on-one and small group conversations, which involved much give and take and creativity. Schaeffer was no mere logic chopper. Schaeffer believed in the necessity of reason for a coherent, cogent, and livable worldview, but he did not affirm the sufficiency of reason. We finite and fallible humans need God’s propositional revelation in Scripture to make sense of ourselves, our world, and our God.”
You can check out Colin Duriez’s excellent biography on Francis Schaeffer here.
If you’d like to dig into the writings of this great apologist, evangelist, pastor, and cultural commentator, here’s a list of the Schaeffer books published by Crossway:
- How Should We Then Live?: The Rise and Decline of Western Thought and Culture
- The Finished Work of Christ
- Death in the City
- A Christian Manifesto
- The Great Evangelical Disaster
- Whatever Happened to the Human Race?
- No Little People
- Pollution and the Death of Man
- Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History
- 25 Basic Bible Studies
- The Church at the End of the Twentieth Century
- Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer
Or, available as ever, The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer.