Thursday Thoughts: Vol 3 | Is 11

Why Francis Schaeffer Matters

Beginning Sunday evenings in May (6:00 – 5.6.18) we will be screening Francis Schaeffer’s “How Should We Then Live?”. The Christian church in the 20th century was challenged by Schaeffer and his warning of the pending death of truth that was facing the culture. The church now, in the 21st century, is experiencing exactly what Schaeffer warned. Many of you have little or no knowledge of Schaeffer and his contribution. This week you have an opportunity to read the next three installments of a series on his life.

Last Week: (Part One, Part Two, Part Three)

Consequences of Pitting Rationality Against Faith … Schaeffer challenges us, “Let us Christians remember, then, that if we fall into the trap against which I have been warning, what we have done, among other things, is to put ourselves in the position where in reality we are only saying with evangelical words what the unbeliever is saying with his words.  In order to confront modern man effectively, we must not have this dichotomy.  You must have the Scriptures speaking truth both about God Himself and about the area where the Bible touches history and the cosmos” (Escape From Reason, 263). You can read the rest HERE.

Epistemology (Truth Known) … Dr. Schaeffer’s epistemology is integral to his approach to apologetics and may be described simply as follows: First, one must understand that pagan thought endorses a belief in the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system.  Propositional and verbal revelation is nonsense in this scheme.  Christian epistemology stands in stark contrast to the non-Christian worldview.  The presupposition of Christianity begins with the God who is there. You can read the rest HERE.

His Approach to Apologetics … Francis Schaeffer holds a rather basic view concerning apologetics.  He explains there are two purposes of Christian apologetics.  “The first is defense.  The second is to communicate Christianity in a way that any given generation can understand”.  You can read the rest HERE.