Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer

Born Jan 30, 1912

Francis August Schaeffer was an American Evangelical Christian theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor. He is most famous for his writings and his establishment of the L'Abri community in Switzerland. Opposed to theological modernism, Schaeffer promoted a more historic Protestant faith and a presuppositional approach to Christian apologetics which he believed would answer the questions of the age.… Read More

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1912 Birth Schaeffer was born on January 30, 1912, in Germantown, Pennsylvania to Franz A. Schaeffer III and Bessie Williamson.


1935 23 Years Old In 1935, Schaeffer graduated magna cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College. … Read More
1937 25 Years Old In 1937, Schaeffer transferred to Faith Theological Seminary, graduating in 1938. … Read More


1948 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1948, the Schaeffer family moved to Switzerland and in 1955 established the community called L'Abri (French for "the shelter"). … Read More


1954 42 Years Old In 1954, Schaeffer was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Highland College in Long Beach, California.


1971 59 Years Old In 1971, Schaeffer received the honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.


1978 66 Years Old Francis Schaeffer’s work and legacy continues today. In 1978, Schaeffer asked a group of Reformed Episcopal Clergy to research his thoughts and current trends, forming a church guild called “The Society of Reformed Philosophical Thinkers” that later in 1988 merged with “Into Thy Word Ministries,” also envisioned by Schaeffer, and then the remnants of the “Charles E. Fuller Institute” in 1998 were merged forming, “The Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development.” Its purpose is continuing the work which started in Carmel California as a think-tank and Bible literacy project, currently in Pasadena, Ca. … Read More
1981 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Schaeffer's A Christian Manifesto was published in 1981. … Read More
1982 70 Years Old In 1982, John Warwick Montgomery nominated Schaeffer for an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, which was conferred in 1983 by the Simon Greenleaf School of Law, Anaheim, California in recognition of his apologetic writings and ministry.
1984 72 Years Old Schaeffer died of lymphoma on May 15, 1984, in Rochester, Minnesota. … Read More
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