Francis Schaeffer On Trial

Francis Schaeffer, founder of L’Abri ministries and author of several books, is one of the most famous apologists for the Christian faith of the last 50 years. He is also, lately, one of the most controversial. Francis’ son Frank has published a memoir of sorts entitled Crazy For God where he confesses some of his sins and it seems the sins of his parents, Francis and Edith. You can get a better sense of the book through this extended interview.

Blogger extraordinaire Michael Spencer thinks it is an important book that evangelicals should read.

Doug Groothuis, an admirer of Francis Schaeffer, thinks the book both facinating and infuriating.

Books & Culture gave it high marks in an initial review as memoir filled with “tangible beauty and humor.”

Os Guinness, a L’Abri worker and close friend of Frank gives a critical review defending the reputation of Francis as an honest and truthful man.

Frank and Os reply to one another

After reading all that my head has been left spinning. I’ve read one of Francis’ books (The God Who Is There) and found it to be quite insightful. Francis Schaeffer had both a keen intellect and a compassionate heart that overflowed in his writing. There are few who have listened to culture and the questions of people’s hearts and responded with such grace and dignity in apologetic literature. In the 20th century only C.S. Lewis surpasses him.


4 thoughts on “Francis Schaeffer On Trial

  1. I don’t know enough about Schaeffer or his son to have any idea how much of this is true or not. But I do know that if someone wrote a memoir on my life, focusing on all of my mistakes, I’d sound like a pretty horrible person.

    And maybe I am.

    But fortunately God’s grace covers that.

    I wish I had the quote, but I think CS Lewis addresses this issue in Mere Christianity. He says (basically) that it’s not so much how horrible our behavior is once we find God, it’s how much worse it would be without God.

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