Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America (Library of Religious Biography)
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Francis Schaeffer and the Shaping of Evangelical America (Library of Religious Biography)

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Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984) was probably the single greatest intellectual influence on young evangelicals of the 1960s and '70s. He was cultural critic, popular intellectual mentor, political activist, evangelist, Christian apologist, and the author of over twenty books and two important films. Along with his wife, Edith, he founded L'Abri, a loving community of intellec...more
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Published November 1st 2008 by William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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Like many evangelical scholars inspired by Francis Schaeffer, Barry Hankins is obviously ambivalent about the quality of Schaeffer's work. He concludes, for example, that Schaeffer never actually read most of the philosophers he wrote about (getting his information about them instead from the European students he was trying to convert), shows that Schaeffer's books were ghostwritten from his notes and tapes, concludes that there were glaring problems with Schaeffer's logic, and implies that Scha...more
Francis Schaeffer pointed modern evangelicals toward hospitality, reason, and political engagement. Although he accepted the Enlightenment's narrow definition of reason, reason has many more roads than this (as indicated by John 1:1).

Hankins's book is a well-written history that is especially noteworthy for being a product of the evangelical academic culture which Schaeffer inspired, even as he fought with them late in his life. This is the second Hankins history book that I've read and I'll be...more
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This seems like a very even-handed bio of Schaeffer. I appreciate the way Hankins moves through the various stages of Schaeffer's life and ministry, and recognizes both the pros and cons of his efforts.
So far, I can't put this book down! I'm on chapter 4 and am enjoying this biography by Hankins...more when I'm finished!
A respectful and even-handed look at an influential evangelical leader.
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