Francis Schaeffer is founder of the L’Abri Fellowship in Huemoz, Switzerland, and a widely known lecturer and author. His latest project is a ten-episode film series, “How Should We Then Live?,” which will be released next year by Gospel Films. A companion book is being published by Revell. He was interviewed byCHRISTIANITY TODAYeditors. A review of a new book examining Schaeffer’s apologetics appears on page 42. InWitness Stand” (page 32) Edith Schaeffer gives some further background information about the film project.

Question. You have been described in many ways. How do you view yourself, as a theologian, a philosopher, or a cultural historian?

Answer. My interest is evangelism. To evangelize in the twentieth century, one has to operate across the whole spectrum of disciplines and have answers for the questions. I think we often sell Christianity short, not putting forth the richness we have in Christ for the total culture and the total intellectual life. Evangelism, then, is two things: first of all, giving honest answers to honest questions to get the blocks out of the way so that people will listen to the Gospel as a viable alternative, and then secondly, showing them what Christianity means across the whole spectrum of life.

Q. What is the first hypothesis for evangelism?

A. That God is there, and is the kind of a God that the Bible says he is, and that he has not been silent but has given us propositional truth.

Q. Do you ask people to assume that, or do you try to persuade them to accept it as a self-evident presupposition? In other words, where is your starting point?

A. I could not accept entirely the way you have put the question. I think Luther was right. You have to have the law and the Gospel, and the law has ...

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