Francis Schaeffer’s ‘How Should We Then Live?’—40 Years Later

Albert Mohler | November 23, 2016

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The year 1976, the very year many Americans came to know that evangelicals even existed, continues to reverberate through the Christian world. The towering giants of the evangelical world at that time seemed to see our world in increasingly hopeful terms. The urgent cultural crises of the 1960s appeared to be in recession.

As we now know, it wasn’t really so. In 1973 the Supreme Court had handed down the Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion-on-demand nationwide. Larger intellectual currents were setting the stage for a massive shift in the culture. Evangelicals were wearing “I Found It” buttons and building massive megachurches, but the culture was shifting toward a hostile secularism that wouldn’t be fully apparent for a generation.

Still, some saw it coming. I turned 17 in 1976, facing my last year of high school and trying to figure out the world around me…

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