30 January 2012
Francis Schaeffer, 1912–1984
Francis Schaeffer, the American evangelical theologian and founder of the l’Abri Community. I never met him, but his books and the community he founded were a formative influence upon me when I became a Christian (over thirty years ago now). At a time when I might easily have lost myself in an anti-intellectual charismatic fundamentalism, Schaeffer’s writings and example convinced me that Christianity could hold its own in the academy. It was largely because of that influence that I returned to university to study theology and eventually became an academic theologian. An important part of his legacy for me is the conviction that Christian theology must engage in a critical dialogue with culture in which we find ourselves.