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Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer [Paperback]

By Bryan A. Follis (Author)
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Bryan Follis explores the theology and thinking that fueled the ministry of Francis Schaeffer, from his Reformed position to his understanding of fundamentalism. This book is a beneficial resource for any Francis Schaeffer fan; and any minister, teacher, or student who appreciates truth, the importance of love, and who wishes to connect with unchurched postmodern society.

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Francis Schaeffer was a well-known, extremely influential apologist and thinker who made his mark defending orthodox truth in the face of strong opposition. He was foremost in the vocation of apologetic ministry, and he was a brilliant man whom God used mightily during the decades of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.

In Truth with Love, Bryan Follis explores the theology and thinking that fueled the ministry of Francis Schaeffer, from his Reformed position to his understanding of fundamentalism. Follis examines Schaeffer's apologetic argument and the role of reason in his discussions and writings. The position Francis Schaeffer took against modernism and its applicability in this day of postmodernism are studied as well.

This book is a beneficial resource for any Francis Schaeffer fan and any minister, teacher, or student who appreciates truth and its defense in the face of different kinds of opposition.

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Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer by Bryan A. Follis has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christianity Today - 05/01/2007 page 66

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   206
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.53"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 22, 2006
ISBN  158134774X  
ISBN13  9781581347746  

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Bryan A. Follis (PhD, Queens University of Belfast) is the rector of Hillsborough Parish and a contributor to the Dictionary of Apologetics. He and his wife, Eleanor, live in Northern Ireland with their two daughters.

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Incapsulates the heart and soul of Francis Schaeffer  Oct 18, 2008
For those who want to further develop their biblical world view this is a must read. This brief discourse is intellectually stimulating, as well as making clear a fresh path to "the God that is there, and not silent."
Nice quick read  Aug 26, 2008
I enjoyed reading this book and it was a good review of Schaeffer's other books.
The Truth About Francis Schaeffer  Jan 27, 2008

Francis Schaeffer has drawn many people to the feet of Jesus through his persuasive writings and personal relationships. But not everyone has been satisfied with that legacy. One journalist recently claimed that, "The tragedy of Francis Schaeffer is that, at some deep inner level, he knew what he preached was a con." With statements like these, it's helpful to look to fresh perspectives on what Schaeffer taught and how he lived and what that means for Christians today.

Bryan A. Follis has provided such a perspective in his book Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer. Dr. Follis traces the intellectual roots of Schaeffer's theology and apologetics in order to expose the true picture of one of the 20th century's most noted apologists.

After a brief introduction and biography, Dr. Follis explores the theology of John Calvin and Reformed interpretations since. This lays the groundwork for Schaeffer's understanding of the dignity of humanity despite its depravity and the role of reason in his apologetic. The second chapter considers the various arguments Schaeffer put forward, including the well-known "taking the roof off," and places Schaeffer's love and compassion in proper relation to his apologetics. Francis Schaeffer has been accused of rationalism by some evangelicals, so Dr. Follis seeks to defend him against that charge in the third chapter. He argues that Schaeffer's argumentation cannot be separated from his spirituality and that critics simply do not consider the full canon of Schaeffer's work and life.

In the fourth chapter, Dr. Follis explores methodology, noting that Schaeffer was not a presuppositionalist in the tradition of Cornelius Van Til, but more like a verificationist in the tradition of Edward Carnell. He makes the important note, however, that Schaeffer did not believe "there is any one apologetics which meets the needs of all people. The concluding chapter considers the role of love in Schaeffer's work and life, which Schaeffer called "the final apologetic." Dr. Follis explains the personal nature of Schaeffer's evangelism and the importance of community.

Truth with Love by Bryan Follis not only sets the record straight about the beliefs and life of Francis Schaeffer, but puts forwards an inspirational vision for apologetics in our current postmodern culture. It's main fault is that some of the points are repetitive throughout the book, but with such important points that may be forgiven.
Very Helpful  Jul 3, 2007
Until I read this book, I was not too familiar with Francis Schaeffer. But since this book, which is a nice treatment of the man, his family, his mission, is apologetic, and his love for people, I have immersed myself in the writings of Schaeffer. The assessment Follis is that Schaeffer and his apologetic are an example for present times. I have come to agree with this assessment, and my mission has been reshaped because it.
Schaeffer On His Own Terms  May 18, 2007
There have been a couple of biographies either telling the story of Francis Schaeffer or critiquing his apologetics framework. Bryan A. Follis falls in the latter camp, but I think he succeeds because as he writes in the book (quoting Sire), he reviews Schaeffer on his own terms: that as a Christian evangelists who happened to use apologetics as a means to reach people.

Follis looks at Schaeffer's legacy as well as his methods. He does not avoid dealing with those critical of Schaeffer such as Christian Clark Pinnock who leveled the familiar charge that Schaeffer's knowledge of great western thinkers was "pseudohistorical" and "pretentious." Further, he deals with the Van Till controversies as well those who quite mistakenly refer to Schaeffer as a pre-suppositional apologists (while I think Schaeffer leaned that direction, Follis is right to remind us that Schaeffer used whatever apologetic means available that spoke to the people he encountered).

This evangelist portrait is enhanced further when Follis mentions how Schaeffer when he was just an associate pastor, spent a couple of years teaching a Down Syndrome child the basic skills required to develop to his potential. For Schaeffer, love did come first and apologetics was an outgrowth of his love.

There are a couple parts, however, where Follis gets sloppy. For example, in trying to defend Francis Schaeffer so much, he shifts blame to his son Frank Schaeffer; however, I think he fails to provide enough evidence to make his point. There really are no specifics. Although this only takes up a couple of paragraphs, it is best avoided unless one is willing to be more specific. I also think he sometimes to easily dismisses those who argued against Schaeffer's arguments and mis-steps. He should have devoted more time to Morris' criticisms as well as a couple of others.

In the end, however, Follis's book actually effectively accomplishes what he set out to do: to remind those critical of Schaeffer, those favorable, and those new to the Schaeffer world, that Schaeffer was first and foremost an evangelist, or with his L'Abri home, works as a caring pastor genuinely in love with those whom seek answers to tough questions.

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