Two years after Francis Schaeffer’s conversion in 1932, Francis and Edith would both separately attend a youth meeting at Francis Schaeffer’s home church. During the meeting, a former member who was now a Unitarian, was presenting openly on the topic of "How I know that Jesus is not the Son of God and how I know that the Bible is not the Word of God.” Fran and Edith, who did not yet know each other, would both stand up to give rebuttal at the meeting and immediately noted each other from across the room. It was in this climate that their deep common bond with Scripture, ministry, and each other would begin to be realized. As they each spoke, both of them began inquiring about each other with their respective friends, "Who's that boy?" and "Who's that girl?" Fran would push his way through the crowd to approach Edith thereafter.
In their rebuttals to the speaker, Fran who was still young in his faith, replied on conviction, while Edith replied with arguments of Old Princeton apologetics, quoting Dr. Gresham Machen and Dr. Robert D. Wilson (faculty of Westminster Seminary nearby). Edith was the stronger theologically, but Fran was deeply passionate. So it is no surprise what happened next. Young Fran would ask Edith if she had anyone to walk her home. Thus, Edith would inform Francis that she already had a date. Fran was undeterred and quite tenacious, thus he boldly replied...simply, “Break it!” The rest, as they say, is history. Fran and Edith would look back on this event as a moment of "meeting on the battlefield," one that sealed their relationship and also forecasted their future. Francis Schaeffer did in fact walk Edith home that night. In Edith he had found a lifelong partner and ally against Religious Liberalism with a heart for standing for Truth and the integrity of Scripture. The two would later be married on July 6th, 1936 (80 years ago) and begin their life of ministry together.
First and foremost, Francis Schaeffer Studies is a resource for the study of the works of Francis and Edith Schaeffer. It was founded on January 1st, 2011 by Dan Guinn and Jason Schaitel for the purpose of assisting in passing the works of the Schaeffer's to the next generation by making their thought and teaching more accessible for general inquiry.
We accomplish our primary objective by providing a broad group of media services to the Francis Schaeffer and L'Abri community. We serve by creating web content such as writing, teaching classes, creating graphics and videos, as well as promoting the events and Schaeffer related institutions. We are also involved in various digital preservations projects to this end. Finally, we maintain a robust social media presence that provides interaction around Francis and Edith's thought and works with regular social media post.
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Francis Schaeffer Studies is currently working on various projects. This section will provide ongoing updates on the work in progress.
- Acquisitions - Francis Schaeffer Studies regularly acquires materials that become publically available. This material is often digitized and shared with other Schaeffer scholars and institutions.
- Audio - Francis Schaeffer Studies is currently working on various audio projects:
- Video - Francis Schaeffer Studies is currently working on various video projects. Here is a short list:
Francis Schaeffer Studies has historically been funded by the founders Dan Guinn and Jason Schaitel. After over 12 years of creating FREE content that has covered numerous areas. Francis Schaeffer Studies decided to expand our model in late 2023, but only slightly. We realized that since we are independent content creators, Francis Schaeffer Studies falls under the modern Content Creator Patronage model.
For over 12 years, Francis Schaeffer Studies has created Schaeffer materials from our passion for his life and works. This has included book studies, a series about Schaeffer's works, we've reported on ongoing events, created the well loved series called "The Legacy Project" as well as acquired numerous historical archival materials. Then finally we took another step in 2022 and published our first book: "Truth Amidst Tension: The Practical Apologetic Methodology of Francis Schaeffer." We have been honored to serve in this way, and we will continue to create FREE content, but we have decided to finally allow our services to be supported by Patrons so that we can do more of what we and so many of you love! We anticipate this opening new doors to grow this work and allow us to further bless and give back to the Francis Schaeffer and L'Abri communities even more. Please pray about possibly supporting us in this endeavor. Patrons pay just $5 a month to help us further this journey.
The following video selection includes both videos that we have produced as well as videos from others. Did you know that Francis Schaeffer Studies has release over 85 videos? You can find more videos on our YouTube Channel.
Francis Schaeffer Studies regulary attends and sometimes host events. The following is a list of known yearly events:
Annual L'Abri Conference in Rochester, MN - February - See L'Abri Conferences for information.
Annual Francis Schaeffer Institute Conferences in St. Louis, MO - See the FSI Website for information.
See our Events Page for full event information and photos from past events.
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