Book: How Should We Then Live?

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How Should We Then Live?
By: Francis Schaeffer
Published: 1976
ISBN 1581345364

This book is used as basis for every SBCW. There is also a video series about the book.


Francis Schaeffer (1912–1984) was born in the US and visited a Seminary. In 1947 he moved with his family to Swiss where he founded the Christian community L'Abri in 1955: a refuge for young people to find answers for their live.


As in many other apologetic writings by him, Schaeffer tries to give spiritual guidance to a post-industrial society. He gives an overview and comments on the development of cultural history (of Europe, mainly): Rome, Enlightenment, Reformation, Modernity. Many examples illustrate how the basic assumptions of the people related to their actions and historical events.

The book addresses Christians so that they can warn their society and be a light of truth.

Personal Opinion

I found the book very instructing to read - it manages to find lines of development through many centuries. However, it mainly comments on history and does not explain history too much, so if you are familiar with historical events you will get more out of it. That's why, for me Antiquity and Middle Ages were boring to read (I don't know much about it), but Enlightment etc. fascinating (We discussed much of it in university, so I was happy to find a non-secular viewpoint of it.) --Pitpat (talk) 08:38, 19 August 2014 (CEST)