Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality (Theologians on the Christian Life)

Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality (Theologians on the Christian Life)
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Edgar, William


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Francis Schaeffer was one of the most influential apologists of the 20th century. Through his speaking, writing, and filmmaking, Schaeffer successfully transformed the way people thought of the Christian faith, from a rather private kind of piety to a worldview that addressed every sphere of life. This volume—written by a man converted from agnosticism within days of meeting Schaeffer—is the first book devoted to exploring the heart and soul of Schaeffer's approach to the Christian life, and will help readers strive after the same kind of marriage of thought and life, of orthodoxy and love.

About the Author

William Edgar (DTheol, University of Geneva) is professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary and associate professor at the Faculté de Théologie at Aix-en-Provence.

About the Editors

Justin Taylor is vice president of book publishing and an associate publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books, including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center. He blogs at "Between Two Worlds," hosted by the Gospel Coalition, and runs the website

Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College and Graduate School. He has written several books, including Pages from Church History. He lives with his wife and two sons in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

About the Series

The Theologians on the Christian Life series provides accessible introductions to the great teachers on the Christian life. Gaining wisdom from the past for life in the present.

Book Details

208 Pages
Publisher: Crossway/Good News Publishers
Publication Date: February 2013
ISBN 10: 1433531399
ISBN 13: 9781433531392

“Friendly, passionate, intellectual, and constantly engaged with people as well as ideas and contemporary affairs, Francis Schaeffer comes alive in Edgar's objective but affectionate portrait. Rescued from the distortions of both lionisers and demonizers, here is 'FAS' as so many of us knew him in the great years of L'Abri—and with so much to contribute to our world today.”
- Os Guinness, cofounder, The Trinity Forum; author, The Dust of Death, and The Last Christian on Earth

“An engaging, fascinating account, seasoned with unusual insight into one of the truly original apologists of our time.”
- David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“This book by Dr. Edgar on countercultural spirituality is much needed as a trustworthy guide in the dark confusion of the postmodern world.”
- Wim Rietkerk, Chairman, L’Abri Fellowship International Board of Trustees

“For many years I hoped that I could spend some time at L’Abri, but that was not God’s plan for me. Instead, God enabled me to become friends with many L’Abri alumni, of whom Bill Edgar was one. I have been impressed with the intellectual caliber of those men and women, but even more with their godly character. L’Abri evidently had a way of leading people from intellectual atheism, to conversion, to spiritual maturity. Bill’s book focuses, more than other L’Abri books, on this process of what we now call spiritual formation. The whole church can learn much from it. I commend this excellent book to all who seek to draw nearer to God.”
- John M. Frame, J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL

“In a brilliant combination of personal recollections and thorough analysis, William Edgar demonstrates convincingly that the Schaeffers' encounter with the triune God who is there is entral to the rise, growth, and impact of L'Abri. This refreshing study will arouse the enthusiasm of all who yearn for a true spirituality that transforms minds and lives, regenerates the church, and 'flows into the total culture.'”
- Pierre Berthoud, Professor Emeritus, Faculté Jean Calvin, Aix-en-Provence

“Francis Schaeffer was small of stature but a giant in his tenacious concern for truth, for God, for people, and for reality. He became convinced that Christian faith was the radical path for our own day, the realistic answer to the hard questions of a modern, troubled world. William Edgar’s compulsively readable study of Francis Schaeffer’s thought is set in the context of his rough-edged life and his brilliantly-inspired work in the L’Abri community he established with his remarkable wife, Edith. L’Abri, perched high on the slopes of a remote alpine valley, drew a motley procession of mainly young travelers from the ends of the earth. Schaeffer’s own, sometimes anguished, quest to communicate the ancient biblical text in a century of unprecedented historical changes attracted and opened doors for a generation of Christians. It also convinced many outside the faith with honest questions (like Bill Edgar himself) to follow the way of Christ. This engaging book captures the fire of Francis Schaeffer’s thought and concerns, and revisits and reinvigorates the still urgent challenge he presented to the church in the modern world.”
- Colin Duriez, author, The C.S. Lewis Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide to His life, Thought, and Writings