Not Your Father’s L’Abri

… Though they sometimes come seeking debate, students and workers today [at L’Abri] have no use for Schaeffer’s presuppositionalist apologetics, which he adapted from the teachings of his professor at Westminster Theological Seminary, Cornelius Van Til. …

More from Christianity Today.

Thankfully, Schaeffer’s legacy has been preserved on paper. His Complete Works are available from Crossway. I hope to write more on Schaeffer in the near future, as this CT article and a forthcoming biography will stir some interest.

8 thoughts on “Not Your Father’s L’Abri

  1. Yes, his works are a valuable investment. It’s also quite fortunate there are still those who knew Schaeffer and approach the world much like he did early on. Jerram Barrs is the one I’m thinking of. In seminary, he was a very great proponent of dialog and interaction to push folks to the logical conclusion of their positions, in order to show them Christ.

  2. I’ve seen a documentary of Shaeffer’s. I would like to read some of his works but I don’t think I could afford this set. :( I want to continue to grow in Christ Jesus, coming to love Him more and more and know Him more and more.

  3. It seems the hard work of critical Christian reading and thinking and dialogue is hard to come by. It also seems that Schaeffer was good for those things. It is too bad that his legacy is not being perpetuated.

  4. Francis Schaeffer was a great help to me twenty or so years ago. I would consider him to be essential reading for anyone involved in ministry, education, or government today. If you can’t afford the set, you should be able to find used copies of most of his individual books.

    You can read my short tribute to him at my fairly new, irregularly updated blog.

  5. “It is too bad that his legacy is not being perpetuated.”

    I think I know what you meant to say, but if you don’t mind,I’ll suggest that his legacy is very much alive and making itself felt around the world. In 1968, he came to Wheaton, for just one example of which I’m familiar. His messages in chapel became the book, “Death In The City”. He had an impact on a number of people through that book as well as others such as “The Mark of The Christian”.

    At least two future preachers were there that year at Wheaton, names you may recognize: John Piper, if I’m not mistaken, and Ray Ortlund,Jr., for sure. Ray talks about the experience in his book, “When God Comes To Church” (Baker)2000,an excellent book about revival. Ray is being used of God himself to promote revival in the churches, and he never forgot Dr.Schaeffer. I heard Ray speak at the annual Founders Conference several years ago, and asked him if he would autograph my copy of his book just so I could speak with him about it. After recalling what he had said in the book, I asked him if he remembered that Dr.Schaeffer had talked about 3 R’s that he believed summed up what the American churches needed in his day. The two, reformation and revival, he did in fact remember; the third one I reminded him was revolution.

    Now, forty years later, we hear a lot about the same three R’s and in fact I think if we have “eyes of faith”, we may even discern a major shift in the wind that would classify as revolutionary. I have long given thanks to God for the man and his message. He was one of those rare gifts to the larger church in the same class as A.W.Tozer and others, we call prophets.

    John Paul Todd

  6. Thank you for highlighting Francis Schaeffer’s works and influence. It’s disturbing to learn that L’Abri’s gospel focus has declined over the years. I was headed to L’Abri in 1974(!), but plans changed due to a death in our family. I’m sorry to have missed the op, but trust the Lord was directing my steps! :-)
    Thanks for all the great “read” recommendations! Linda

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