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Francis Schaeffer and L'Abri:The Story of a Prophet and His Legacy to Evangelicals
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Francis Schaeffer and L'Abri:
The Story of a Prophet and His Legacy to Evangelicals
INTR 521: Historical Foundations
Dr. Paul Pierson
July 29, 2005
I. A FIRST GLIMPSE OF SCHAEFFER AND L'ABRI
In the autumn of 1958, Marte Herrell was a student at the University of Lausanne in
Switzerland. Marte was a non-believer, but one day she was persuaded to visit a Bible study at a small
café near the university. The Bible teacher was one Dr. Francis Schaeffer, a small man, "with a bulging
forehead, furrowed brow, and goatee beard," as J.I. Packer later described him. Marte listened with
mixed emotions as Dr. Schaeffer taught from the book of Romans. "I was fascinated and exasperated
that such an intelligent man as Schaeffer could believe that the Bible was true," she said later.
But the café Bible study was only the entranceway to Marte's pilgrim progress. For Dr.
Schaeffer's daughter Susan also went to Marte's university. One day she invited Marte to come visit
their family chalet tucked away in the Alps.
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