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Schaeffer collection given to Southeastern
Jason Hall, SEBTS Communications
September 15, 2010
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Schaeffer collection given to Southeastern

Schaeffer collection given to Southeastern
Jason Hall, SEBTS Communications
September 15, 2010

WAKE FOREST — Southeastern

Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) announced Sept. 14 the addition of a

voluminous collection of papers and correspondence of the late apologist

Francis A. Schaeffer to Southeastern’s libary, thanks to the generosity of the

Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation.

The collection is given to the L. Russ Bush

Center for Faith and Culture for Southeastern Seminary.

The collection includes

select unpublished papers and correspondence, source materials, notes and

recorded discussions of Schaeffer, one of evangelical Christianity’s most

prominent 20th century voices and the author of 27 books.

SEBTS photo

Bruce Little, left, professor of Christian philosophy and director of the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary holds the Bible given to him by the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. Deborah Middelmann, center, Schaeffer’s daughter, and her husband Udo, who heads up the foundation, presented the Bible during Southeastern’s chapel service Sept. 14.

The collection, of

which Southeastern has custody, will be placed under the direction of Bruce

Little, professor of Christian philosophy and director of the L. Russ Bush

Center for Faith and Culture, a ministry of Southeastern.

The foundation is overseen

by its president, Udo Middelmann, who is Schaeffer’s son-in-law. Middelmann

said the foundation is pleased to entrust these materials to Southeastern, in

the hopes that Schaeffer’s work will continue to be influential for years to

come.

“A lifetime spent in the pursuit of truth, and its

relationship to society, philosophy and culture, is found in the collected

papers and correspondence of Francis Schaeffer,” Middelmann said.

Little said he is grateful

for the opportunity to serve as custodian of the collection.

“We are thankful to the

Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation for entrusting us with this priceless treasure

of historical significance,” Little said.

“Every now and then, God gives his

Church a unique voice for His people. Schaeffer was such a voice. It is our

privilege to have a part in preserving and promoting this legacy for the

generations to come.”

Schaeffer was born in the

United States but spent most of his life in Switzerland with his wife Edith and

their four children. In 1955, Francis and Edith Schaeffer opened their

chalet/home to those who were seeking answers to life’s many questions and from

that the ministry known as L’Abri began.

The Schaeffers welcomed

thousands of visitors during several decades who learned from Schaeffer how the

inerrant Scriptures gave the only fitting understanding of the real world.

In addition to his more than

two dozen books, Schaeffer also recorded the influential series of videos

called How Should We Then Live? revealing the rise and decline of Western

thought and culture.

“It is my hope that the

spirit of Francis Schaeffer, with his mind for truth and heart of love, will

pervade our campus,” said Southeastern President Danny Akin. “I pray that this

collection will allow Southeastern to serve the Church by extending the legacy

of this great man of faith.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE — Hall

directs Southeastern Seminary’s office of communications.)