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. … Read More


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 Schaeffer received numerous honorary degrees. In 1954, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Highland College in Long Beach, California.


1965 53 Years Old Schaeffer eventually sided with the Bible Presbyterian Church Columbus Synod following the BPC Collingswood and BPC Columbus Split and became a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod when the Bible Presbyterian Church's Columbus Synod merged with the Reformed Presbyterian Church's Columbus Synod in 1965, a denomination which would merge with the Presbyterian Church in America, in 1982.
1971 59 Years Old In 1971, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.


1978 66 Years Old 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". … Read More
1981 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Schaeffer's book A Christian Manifesto was published in 1981 and later delivered as a sermon in 1982. … 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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