The Mark of the Man
Most readers' responses to published articles are critical, frequently offering opposing opinions. Yet, in the case of Michael Hamilton's reflective article on the work and ministry of Francis Schaeffer (Mar. 3), overwhelmingly the sentiments expressed by the many who wrote were appreciation and gratitude for Schaeffer's impact on their own lives.
Over and over readers responded with comments like this one by Gerald Rodriguez of San Jose, California: "Schaeffer's writings, and the writings of others influenced by him, have helped to shape and define my place in this world as both a Christian and a citizen." And Charles McCoy of Watchmen Fellowship in Mt. Hermon, California, observed: "It would be interesting to know how many of us were deeply touched by his life and work despite his feet of clay. With all of his limitations, he was a pivotal figure for twentieth-century Christianity." Well said.
A Faithful Disciple
Thank you for Michael Hamilton's insightful treatment of the ministry of Francis Schaeffer, a Christian whose desire to be a faithful disciple of our Lord could not be captured by any of our labels ["The Dissatisfaction of Francis Schaeffer," Mar. 3]. Perhaps reflection on his life would help us avoid the temptation to dispose of others by categorizing them.
Prof. Stanley K. Fowler
Heritage Baptist College and Seminary
Cambridge, Ont., Canada
In my view, there are two things wrong with the article. One was that it seems to relegate Schaeffer to history—in fact, a history that existed in the 20 years prior to his death, the 1960s and 1970s. Nothing could be further from the truth. The world Francis Schaeffer fought against is still the same—only much worse.
The second missing element ...1