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Schaeffer, Francis August IV (1912–1984)

  1. Donald C Smedley

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc1574

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Smedley, D. C. 2011. Schaeffer, Francis August IV (1912–1984). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Francis August Schaeffer IV was born in the USA on January 30, 1912. By far one of the most influential Christian figures in the latter half of the 20th century, Schaeffer's impact ranged across a wide variety of fields. Primarily an apologist, who combined a presuppositional and evidential approach, Schaeffer offered Christian analysis and critiques of contemporary culture, including such disciplines as philosophy, art, music, science, and theology. It was this analysis which attracted many students searching for answers to L'Abri (French, shelter), Schaeffer's communal mission to intellectuals founded as a Christian study center in the Swiss Alps in 1955. As a result of his teaching and work at L'Abri Schaeffer gradually began to expand his impact beyond Europe to the United States. With the publication of the watershed books, The God Who is There, and Escape from Reason, taken mostly from his lectures at L'Abri, Schaeffer went on to become one of the most well-known of American evangelicals. His scholarship, which soon numbered thirteen best-selling books in just five years, helped students to see, as J. I. Packer claimed, that their faith was intellectually defensible.


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  • disciplines as philosophy, art, music, science;
  • apologetics on cultural analysis